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What’s Going Into Today’s Kitchen?

By Donna Felker, Designer/Sales Consultant at Swartz Kitchens and Baths

Pullout recycling bins

While some of what was considered trendy in kitchens just a few years ago is becoming standard, a new group of favorites are on their way in. The preferences of homeowners are reflecting a growing trend toward creating a kitchen that is sleek, efficient and low maintenance. Here’s what mid-state customers are asking me for:

Pullout drawers

Once a luxurious extra available in higher-end cabinetry, pullout drawers, recycling bins, cookie sheet and pizza pan cabinets are a standard request.

Glass cabinet doors

Great for displays and to break up or lighten up a bank of cabinetry, this is another item that is moving to the forefront with greater availability at all cost points.

Glass display cabinets

Base cabinet microwave

The base cabinet microwave (a microwave installed in the base cabinetry) is frequently requested by homeowners who want to save cabinet and counter space. The jury is still out on how easy it is to use a microwave in this lower position.

Decorative range hood

The more elaborate the better. As homeowners are graduating to nearly commercial grade stoves, they are including elaborate decorative range hoods. A variety of sizes are available, even 36-inch hoods to accommodate a small kitchen

Streamlined and modern

Cabinetry choices are increasingly sleek and streamlined. Homeowners are turning away from cabinets with turned out posts and other furniture-like characteristics in favor of smooth lines and a modern look.

Modern cabinets


In a related change, 95 percent of homeowners are requesting floor-to-ceiling cabinetry and eliminating the soffit (area between the top of the cabinet and the ceiling). The reason? Open-top shelves collect dust, and you create more cabinet space. And who can’t use extra storage?

Dark stains

Dark finishes are in-style. Dark espresso, a brown that is almost black, is very popular in kitchen cabinetry.

Easy-maintenance countertop

Quartz is winning the battle of the high-end countertops. It’s more resilient than granite, so there’s no need to worry about scratching or burning the surface. And customers like that there’s no maintenance.

We invite you to stop in our showroom or make an appointment so we can show you what’s trending in kitchens today!

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