2021 Kitchen Cabinet Trends to Consider for Your Philadelphia Remodeling Project
When it comes to designing a kitchen, cabinetry plays a major role. Your kitchen cabinets not only set the tone for your chosen aesthetic, but they are also integral to how the space functions.
Regardless of whether your kitchen remodel in Philadelphia involves minor upgrades, a complete transformation, or something in between, cabinets are likely to be part of the equation. That may involve giving them a fresh finish, changing out the hardware or installing entirely new cabinetry.
Kitchen Cabinetry Ideas for Your Remodel
The type of cabinets you choose for your Philadelphia kitchen remodel depends on various factors, including your budget, your project goals and your chosen design aesthetic. As you explore the options available to you, here are a few kitchen cabinet trends for 2021 to consider:
1. Kitchens with Wood Cabinets
Wood finishes are coming back in style, especially more natural finishes that provide texture and dimension to your space. In particular, walnut cabinetry is on the rise. Thanks to its fine grain, rich color and natural warmth, walnut adds a touch of luxury to your kitchen. Depending on how the wood is treated, it can fit a more rustic aesthetic or nicely complements a sleek, modern space. Subtle-grained ash—which is a bit paler than walnut or oak—is also a good fit if you're seeking a complementary material for manmade stone.
Stephanie Hoffmeier, the lead designer at Bellweather, favorites a simple shaker door. The shaker cabinet door style can fit within a wide array of tastes and styles, making it suitable for almost any kitchen. Hoffmeier says, "if a client is interested in a modern flare, we'll explore flush cabinets, which are just as beautiful."
2. Glass-Front Cabinet Doors
Glass-front doors are also trending when it comes to kitchen cabinetry in Philadelphia. Using glass can help your space feel less cramped and stuffy by providing a visual break within your wall-to-wall cabinets. With glass panels, you have a suitable display space for your color-coordinated dinnerware, fancy glassware or antiques and collectibles. When you have a small kitchen, the glass helps create light and depth within the space.
3. Double Islands
With large, open-concept kitchens on the rise, kitchen islands have become an integral part of the layout. However, installing two islands gives you more creativity and latitude when enhancing the function of your kitchen. You can play around with levels and designs to create a workspace that is the appropriate height, width and style to fit a particular purpose. For example, you can dedicate one island to prep work for cooking while the other gets outfitted with seating to become a place for eating, relaxing or doing homework. If you’re doing a major upscale kitchen remodel and space isn't an issue, consider the benefits of adding double islands to your layout. At the very least, choose an island with a cantilevered design or varying heights so it can better serve multiple functions.
4. Hands-Free Design
In the quest for clean, uncluttered spaces and hands-free solutions for the home, it’s become popular to pare down decorative elements and forego complicated design styles. To complement a streamlined look, hands-free kitchen cabinets are trending for 2021. Push-to-open or touch-release technology is a popular solution. However, if that’s not your style, you can integrate recessed handles that provide the same minimalist appearance to your kitchen cabinetry.
5. Pantry Storage
Pantry cupboards have been around for a long time, but they’re enjoying a renaissance as homeowners being to view them as a must-have item for the modern kitchen. Pantries allow you to store all your dry foods in one place, instead of scattered throughout multiple kitchen cabinets, making it easier to stay organized when cooking or making a shopping list. In general, you want to have adequate storage in your kitchen—whether it be a larder, pantry or walk-in closet—so you can minimize clutter and create a more welcoming, relaxed environment. Another option is to include floor-to-ceiling cabinets that maximize the use of your available space.
6. Drawers for Appliances
Another storage solution that was introduced a couple decades ago but is once again on the rise as homeowners gain interest in the ergonomics of the kitchen. Installing custom sized drawers that are designed to hold small appliances, dishes or food. Fisher & Paykel’s DishDrawer operates as a mini dishwasher, just smaller and right where you need it. They also make a fantastic mini refrigerator drawer for food called CoolDrawer. In general, you can find a myriad of ways to customize your kitchen drawers and cabinets with inserts, pullout trays and other interior accessories to create the ideal storage spot that serves your particular need.
7. Painting Your Cabinets
In terms of 2021 remodeling trends, you also see the rise of hand-painted kitchens that age well, are easy to maintain with occasional touch-ups and provide ample versatility. Whether you’re going for a traditional, contemporary, rustic or period look, you can find a paint with the color and texture to match. In recent years, grays and blues have taken their place as neutrals, as they pair well with a variety of other materials and finishes. Depending on the undertones, they can read warm or cold. Whether you’re going for a rich Mediterranean style, a bright coastal look, or a crisp, clean modern aesthetic, there is paint in the perfect shade to match.
Making Selections for Your Philadelphia Kitchen
One of the most enjoyable aspects of remodeling your kitchen in Philadelphia is getting to select new features, fixtures and finishes to achieve the fresh, updated look you’re going for, as well as your functional needs. However, it can also be difficult to know what’s available, how much it costs and whether it’s right for your space. Working with a design-build remodeler like Bellweather Design-Build can simplify and streamline this process to make it less stressful and more fun for you. During the design phase, we can apply our past experience and industry knowledge to give you insight and guidance that empowers confident, informed decision-making as you work to create a beautiful, efficient and long-lasting kitchen.