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10 Trends to Watch in North Carolina Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

North Carolina kitchens are going dark, LED lighting is gaining steam, and trash is getting more attention–all are trends in kitchen designs this year in the Charlotte, North Carolina area according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, which surveyed 100 designers to reveal the hottest kitchen trends.  Have you ever considered a custom cement countertop, the newest trend?

The following is a list of what’s cooking in kitchen trends for North Carolina countertops and molded-in sinks, based on NKBA survey results of which kitchen designs are increasing in demand and which are losing favor.

1. Cabinetry

Gaining steam: Maple cabinetry is on the rise.

Losing steam: Cherry cabinetry (Cherry dominated kitchens in early 2011 but was overtaken by maple cabinetry this year).

2. Kitchen finishes

Gaining steam: Dark natural finishes; light natural and colored painted finishes also remained fairly common. Inching up slightly in use here in North Carolina are custom cement countertops.

Losing steam: Medium natural, glazed, and white painted finishes are on the decline and the use of distressed finishes has dropped significantly in the last year along with the use of pure marble.

3. Color

Gaining steam: Grays, beiges, and bones are rising in popularity.

Losing steam: Brown tones, whites, and off-whites are fading out of many homes.

4. Design styles

Gaining steam: Shaker style cabinets, which are characterized by its simplicity, un-ornamented yet functional and finely crafted style are becoming more prominent. Shaker overtook contemporary style this year as the No. 2 most popular kitchen design style. Traditional style countertops remain the most popular kitchen design, although it has dropped slightly in popularity compared to the use of cement and crushed granite here in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Losing steam: Contemporary style is losing steam among renovators and home owners.

5. Cabinetry upgrades

Gaining steam: Un-chilled wine storage is gaining popularity along with custom molded-in sinks and poly stone countertops here in North Carolina, while under counter wine refrigerators are losing favor.

Losing steam: Tall pantries, Lazy Susans, appliance garages, and pull-out racks are declining slightly in popularity.

6. Countertops

Gaining steam: Solid surface counter top such as a low-maintenance cement and crushed granite counter top surface has grown in popularity here in Charlotte, but granite and quartz continue to hold dominance. Other countertops surfaces like poly stone are increasing in niche use here in North Carolina.

Losing steam: Laminate.

7. Refrigerators

Gaining steam: French door and side-by-side refrigerators are rising in popularity.

Losing steam: Freezer-top refrigerators and freezer-bottom models are fading out of favor.

8. Cook Tops

Gaining steam: Induction cook tops are closing the gap on gas and electric models. Double wall ovens are increasing in use and custom cement countertops are gaining steam for their seamless designs.

Losing steam: Gas cook tops are still popular but their use is falling slightly in favor of induction and electric cook tops. Single wall ovens and warming drawers are also on the decline.

9. Lighting

Gaining steam: LED energy-efficient lighting options are becoming more prevalent.

Losing steam: Incandescent lighting and CFLs (compact fluorescent lights) are less popular installation options.

10. Trash

Gaining steam: More designers are taking into account trash considerations in kitchen designs, with trash or recycling pull-outs, garbage disposals, and trash compactors on the rise.

Losing steam: Not considering where the trash goes in the kitchen is now a critical omission.

To see the complete line of Carolina Custom Countertops, including the newest cement, poly-stone, crushed granite as well as maintenance-free outdoor countertops and molded in sinks, right here in Charlotte, North Carolina, call us today.  Carolina Custom Countertops 704.258.9544

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