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      Kitchen cabinets and countertops play a huge role in the overall theme and design of your kitchen. They are, literally & figuratively, the cornerstones of one of the most important areas in your home. Choosing current trends in kitchen countertops and cabinets is a tried & true way to bring a fresh and updated look to your space. 

      The past year and a half has had many of us reevaluating how we use our homes. We have discovered that when your entire family is spending the majority of their time at home, working, playing and learning, an open concept may not be the most practical design. Huge structural renovations can be quite costly. However, there are ways to alter your home to be more conducive to our society’s current lifestyle without having to build walls. 

      For example, many people are opting for larger pantries so that they can not only stock up on food items, but also stay more organized. Depending on your space, that could mean more dedicated pantry cabinets for dried & canned goods, or a walk-in pantry for food items and small appliances.   

      Homeowners are also definitely opting for creature comforts now more than ever. Sliding pull-outs, soft close drawers and any and all things storage & organization are on trend in the world of kitchen cabinets. 

      Of course, kitchen cabinetry is not just about function. It’s also about style!

      Light colored and white, shaker-style cabinets are still one of the most popular choices for kitchen cabinets. Whether you have an open concept or not, lighter cabinetry gives the illusion of a larger, more open & airy space. They are indicative of a non-clutter, minimalist aesthetic and also provide a comforting feeling of being clean and sanitary. 

      On the contrary, because people have been spending so much time in their homes, they are craving more individuality and taking greater design risks. Bold statement colors, such as emerald and plum, are starting to pop up in kitchen cabinetry.

      Contrasting colors, whether it be a kitchen island that is different from the rest of the kitchen cabinetry, or dark lower cabinets paired with light upper cabinets, are picking up design trend speed as well. According to the 2021 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, 41% of renovators differentiated their island cabinet color from the colors in the rest of the kitchen. 

      Not sure where you stand between light & bright or bold & risky? You can’t go wrong with choosing a little…or a lot…of grey or blue for your kitchen cabinets. From light grey or greige, to charcoal or navy, grey and blue kitchen cabinets are a great way to stay on trend.

      Choosing a kitchen countertop that contrasts or complements your kitchen cabinets will affect the overall look and feel of your kitchen. Light kitchen countertops with light kitchen cabinets will provide a bright, sterile aesthetic; while light kitchen countertops with dark kitchen cabinets, or vice versa, will add a dramatic feel.

      Light colored quartz and quartzite are currently the most popular choices for kitchen countertop material. Not only are they beautiful, they look stunning with both light and dark kitchen cabinets. They are also extremely strong, durable and require very little maintenance. Both of these materials are also antimicrobial, which means that they resist the growth of both bacteria and mold, making them excellent and reassuring choices for kitchen countertops. 

      Regardless of what kitchen countertops and cabinets you choose, be certain that they bring you joy, fit your home’s aesthetic and are crafted and installed by licenced professionals. It is very important to select a fabricator, like Architectural Stone Works, that uses high quality standards and is highly trained and skilled in the care and installation of countertops and cabinetry to assure that your kitchen is installed safely and correctly.