White kitchen cabinets with a double wall oven and light countertop

Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Walker Woodworking, managing day to day operations, and marketing. Stacey has helped many clients create their dream space.

Kitchen Cabinet Trends to Avoid

When starting a kitchen renovation we often look for inspiration whether that is through Pinterest, Google, and Designer magazines. While there are many elements that are popular and even timeless, there are a few that are not. Here is our list of trends that should be avoided in a kitchen renovation.

All white kitchens

We agree that white is a timeless color but it can be overdone or make for a sterile design look. When paired with other colors and materials, a white kitchen can be transformed into an elegant and inviting area: Here are some of our best tips:

  • Wood: adding a custom wood island not only adds additional work space and storage, but a break up from the white perimeter. 
  • Metal: stainless steel appliances, hardware of brass, silver, or nickel, and even a mesh overlay on the cabinet doors brings diversity to the white background.
  • Lighting: bright lights with dark frames or even color frames can break up the white streak and make the space pop.
  • Countertops: dark countertops are the perfect way to create a dramatic contrast and make the white stand out even more.
  • Backsplash: using bright colors for the backsplash gives the space between the upper and lower cabinets some contrast and make a statement.

White is a great color but usually needs to be coupled with some additional elements to create a complete look and one that will not be outdone by next year’s trend.

Subway tile

Backsplash is a great asset to the kitchen as we just discussed but there are certain patterns that have been overused in the last decade, subway is one of them. Even though it is a nice design the overuse has taken away it’s unique beauty. There are several other options available such as herringbone and mosaic. Another great choice is to go all the way up to the ceiling and some homeowners continued their countertop all the way up making a beautiful statement piece and artwork out of it. 

One person’s style

Just because something works well for one person doesn’t mean it will for you. Take pot racks. They look amazing especially on those cooking shows where the chef merely reaches above to grab what they need, but is that the look for your home? Probably not. Before making a selection, be sure to consider what your routine will look like and what works best for you. If it will be a functional element to your kitchen then absolutely but don’t do it just to keep up with the Jones’, after all, your needs are uniquely yours. Our design team is great at assessing your needs and finding the best way to represent your own design style.

Over the top hardware

While we all enjoy some glamor now and then, hardware with simple lines, cures, and textures provide the best value because they go will multiple styles and tastes, not to mention they are easier to resell. Metal is still one of the more popular options especially black matte and polished silver or nickel. Both go with a variety of painted cabinets and natural wood tones. Try to avoid oversized options as well, limiting those to the necessary cabinets such as paneled appliances. Our design team is happy to go over several choices that will work well with your layout and color choices.

Timeless style

When you do a renovation you want it to last, not something that has to be redone every decade which is why we work hard at staying up to date on current design trends, checking out what is here to stay and what is merely a fad. Our goal is to create a home that is perfectly suited to your needs and that will last. Connect with us and let’s start planning your project.