1. Contemporary kitchens have overtaken traditional styles for the first time.Although transitional designs remain the most popular, traditional kitchen design has dropped to the third most popular style and is expected to keep declining.
2. White and grey painted cabinets and colour schemes will continue to dominate.
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"I'm happy to see that the light/dark and simple grey/white contrast finishes, with is a true and basic design tenant, is making its way back into the mix...and it should...for good reason," says Monarch designer Chantal Miller. "Countertops and cabinets are significant to change in your home so this elegant, yet simple, combination allows homeowners to protect their large renovation invest by using other inexpensive parts of their space...paint colour, backsplash, draperies...to add the fluid, fun and trendy colours for years to come."
3. Emerging trends of mixed colours, including varying countertop materials and mixed cabinet finishes.This includes exaggerated two-toned effects, darks with lights and lights with darks. Several of those surveyed mentioned blending quartz countertops with wood.
4. The use of metal cabinetry is on the rise.Although wood cabinets are still the top choice for most designers, metal cabinets appear to be a favourite of both younger and male designers.
5. Furniture-look pieces, rollouts, pullouts and under-cabinet lighting are popular cabinet features.Simplicity is key, with flat-panel doors, flush inset, on the rise. Drawers are also popular. The bigger the better! On the downswing? Crown moulding and built-in desks.
6. Quartz countertops are the favourite, with granite continuing its trend downward.
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