Thin is In

The Top Trend in Kitchen Design

By Barbara Schmidt studiobstyle

In the design world rarely does something take the entire industry by storm but such is the case with thinner profiles. In three different design categories thinner profiles are now the norm.

Thinner Window Sashes

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Less is definitely more with thinner window profiles and trim. We are seeing a narrowing of sash detail and trim in the next years to come. Part of this trend stems from the surge in black and darker stain popularity.

Keeping these darker influences narrow lends them to a more contemporary look in today’s brighter and whiter kitchens.

Another reason for the popularity is the how the black or dark stained window trend bridges styles from traditional to modern.

Thinner Countertop Profiles

All eyes on Europe everyone!

The hottest trend overseas has jumped over to the U.S. and now taking on the countertop industry by storm. A thinner countertop is more modern and compliments today’s thinner cabinet profiles. Wilsonart’s new THINSCAPE™ Performance Tops are impact resistant and much easier to fabricate compared to porcelain. We just designed three kitchens with THINSCAPE™ and the colors and patterns are gorgeous. Two of my favorites are the Sterling Calcutta and the Spanish Limestone that are linked here.

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@midcontinentcabinetry @DXV @jeffreycourttile @weathersheild #THINSCAPE™ @topknobs

Thin Shaker Cabinetry

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The most popular cabinet style in the US right now is the clean lined Shaker style. With a simple boxed design, this door style is number one or two depending on which manufacturer you ask.

The other most popular door style is the full slab, full overlay in either a wood or thermafoil finish. The new Northern Contours Shaker Slim door style and Haze finish combines the classic door style with the contemporary design and finish of  modern cabinetry.

No matter where you look in today’s kitchen design – Thin is In!

Barbara Schmidt is a renowned Interior Designer and Brand Expert with the firm studiobstyle. She is regularly featured nationally in both Hearst and Meredith publications and a guest speaker at industry events such as the National Kitchen and Bath Show.

Barbara Schmidt