Today’s homeowners are all about blending style and hospitality. Following consistent trends of the last decade, the 2016 kitchen remains the epicenter of every American home. Good food, wine, and friends gather in a room where practical design and functional storage are key. As a designer, one way you can capture that chic but cozy appeal is to turn to Old World inspiration.
Why not marry modern niceties with inviting rustic finishes? A contemporary take on the Mediterranean or Tuscan kitchen is a novel solution when clients are seeking that elusive “lived-in” feel. In 2016, custom Italian cabinetry is on the upswing. With classic European styles, you can strike the perfect balance between the warm, antique finishes of the past and the clean, minimalist lines of the present. Check out some of the traditional and contemporary Italian cabinetry trends resurfacing this year and beyond.
Frameless Italian Cabinets
Sleek, linear Italian cabinetry exudes sophistication. But you can avoid the high-tech alienation of modern styles by bringing in warm, familiar finishes. Try a high quality natural wood with distressed surface. The style is on-trend for 2016 and totally timeless. Bring in minimalist hardware, and the space will emanate leisurely elegance.
Designs from Italy’s central region will remain popular through the decade. Cabinetry with quaint ornamentation, interesting lattice, and surprising pops of color bring a homey taste of the old country. Tuscan designs also pass the test of time. Many of their distinctly Italian features manage to complement other modern décor quite well.
Interspersed Open Cabinets
Italians love to display their staple cookware on a charming hanging rack or shelf. In designing custom cabinetry, you too can incorporate this functional feature. For a happy medium, select quality Italian doors in a modern or traditional style. Then, leave a few strategic cabinet spaces open for a relaxed, eclectic feel.