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Kitchen Design: Regional Trends

As in many aspects of design, the design aesthetic of kitchens varies region-to-region.  A traditional look has long been the staple here in the Midwest, but slowly, homes are developing more of a contemporary feel with clean lines and simple styling.

Kitchen & Bath News, a trade publication for designers and remodelers, outlined the top trends in different regions of the United States in their October issue.  Many different aspects of kitchen design were mentioned for each particular region, as briefly mentioned below, but across the board these trends appeared:



Shaker-style or clean lines for architectural aspects and doors has replaced highly ornamental trim work or ogee-paneled door faces.

DESIGNERS: Nar Bustamante, CR & Nicolette Patton, NAR Fine Carpentry (CA) PHOTOGRAPHY: Fred Donham, PhotographerLink


Whether the cabinets are painted grey or this soft hue is brought in through tile or wall color, grey can be used in both traditional and modern kitchen design.
DESIGNER: Mary Kathryn Reese, Kitchen Design Concepts (TX) PHOTOGRAPHY: Ruda Photography



Multi-use spaces, integrating appliances into cabinetry, or employing an open floor plan allows the kitchen to be more than just an area to cook but a family and entertainment hub.

DESIGNER: Jean-Claude Desjarins, Belle Kitchen Design Build (MN) PHOTOGRAPHY: Dean Reidel
Below are each designer’s top three trends that designers from all across the country told Kitchen & Bath News.  For a more detailed explanation of each trend, you can read the article by Kim Berndtson on Kitchen & Bath News‘ online magazine here.


Designer: Nicolette Patton, AKBD  NAR Fine Carpentry Carmichael, CA

  1. Grey, Grey Grey
  2. Simplistic Cabinet Styling
  3. Back-Painted Glass

REGION: Southwest

Designer: Mary Kathryn Reese, v.p./ co-founder   Kitchen Design Concepts Dallas, TX

  1. More Storage
  2. Enhanced Functionality
  3. Grey/Soft Blue

REGION: Southeast

Designer: Daisy Fernandez, design director/senior associate  Fullerton Group Architects Coral Gables, FL

  1. Showplace Kitchens
  2. Contemporary Use of Traditional Materials
  3. Use of light/More Men Participating in the Kitchen

REGION: Northeast

Designer: Amir Ilin, President   Küche+Cucina Kitchens and Fine Interiors, Paramus/Madison, NJ

  1. White Cabinetry with Darker Woods
  2. Simple Architectural Details
  3. Modern Design Style

REGION: Midwest

Designer: Jean-Claude Desjardins     Belle Kitchen Design Build, Minneapolis, MN

  1. Contemporary Design
  2. LED Lighting
  3. Integrated Appliances

If you are planning a kitchen renovation, or are building a new home, and would like help bringing in the current trends, contact us today to schedule a consultation!

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