Face Your Kitchen
Your Guide to Kitchen Cabinet Refacing

Cabinet trends to make your kitchen pop

by Shannon Lee
Face Your Kitchen Columnist

If you're not sure which direction to take your kitchen cabinet refacing, why not go with what's hot on the market right now? Experts come together every year to recommend the newest trends, colors and styles that homeowners are enjoying these days. Here's a little inspiration for your new project.

What's hot right now?

The National Kitchen and Bath Association asked over 350 members what materials, products and styles they incorporated into kitchen and bath design in the last three months of 2011. The results were an interesting snapshot of what is happening in kitchens all across the country.

  1. Oak has become a popular wood for kitchens, doubling in requests from 11 percent in 2010 to 22 percent in 2012. Bamboo has doubled in demand as well, from 5 percent in 2011 to 10 percent today.
  2. Walnut and birch have made a nice showing in kitchen trends. Homeowners who want walnut have increased from only 3 percent in 2010 to 13 percent in 2012, while birch has tripled from 5 percent to 15 percent since 2011.
  3. Though cherry and maple have dropped in popularity, they still had a very strong showing in the survey, requested by 69 percent and 70 percent of designers, respectively.
  4. Very dark finishes are all the rage, making up for 58 percent of requests from designers. In 2010, only 43 percent requested darker finishes.
  5. If you're going to paint an unfinished cupboard, white is nice. Fifty-nine percent of designers go with that option.
  6. Distressed paints are making a huge comeback, from 5 percent in 2011 to 22 percent in 2012.
  7. For the first time, traditional designs are taking a backseat to transitional. Popularity of traditional style fell to 58 percent in 2012, while transitional -- a blend of traditional and contemporary lines -- was slightly more popular.

Keep in mind that these trends are national, and might not be the same in your local area. If you want to install cabinet doors that spruce up your kitchen for resale or install and stain new unfinished cabinets, speak to your real estate agent about what is hot for your area right now.

Remember that no matter the materials or style you choose for your kitchen cabinet refacing, installation by a seasoned contractor can make a world of difference in the look and longevity of your project. Our network of pre-screened, certified contractors can put you in touch with a professional who is ready to help you decide which cabinet doors are right for you.



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