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Coastal Kitchen Trends

February 1st, 2014 | Posted in Blog

Kitchen trends for 2014 are moving away from cool white and stainless steel, but Wilmington homeowners have their own ideas about designs that fit our coastal lifestyle.

From cabinet finishes suggesting driftwood to old-fashioned “cup” drawer pulls, many customers want a “coastal cottage feel” in their kitchens, MarKraft Cabinets’ designers say.

One popular idea creates contrasts between cabinets, said Suzanne Reid, a designer in MarKraft’s Selection Center. “An island would have a whole different door style than the rest of the kitchen, so it looks like stand-alone furniture.” A related idea is tall, narrow cabinets flanking appliances. “We’re definitely seeing refrigerators disguised to look more like a built-in,” she said.

Cabinets extending to the countertop are popular. In a kitchen with plenty of counter space, homeowners “are OK with giving some of it up in favor of more storage,” Reid observed.

National trend-setters see the all-white kitchen, with shiny chrome or stainless accents, falling out of favor. But here, white or off-white remain popular, with brushed or polished nickel hardware preferred over trendy brass, antique gold or black.

“We’re seeing a lot of painted finishes,” Reid said. Popular looks include “anything in the gray tones, painted or stained.” Slate or espresso are popular, but lighter grays especially appeal to local buyers. “It kind of gives it that driftwood look,” Reid said, “light and bright and beachy, especially for second homes.”

“An island would have a whole different door style than the rest of the kitchen, so it looks like standalone furniture. We’re definitely seeing refrigerators disguised to look more like a built-in.”

Wilmington customers are choosing mosaic, “subway” tile or tumbled stone behind stove and sink in preference to the newly trendy stone slab backsplashes.

MarKraft’s Selection Center’s designers, Suzanne Reid and Lauren Morris, will help craft the perfect look for any home. It’s at 5424 Oleander Drive, Suite 9, open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday- Friday, evenings and Saturdays by appointment. (910) 793-0202.