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REHAU defines 2023 Millwork and Cabinetry Trends

 Wednesday, March 1, 2023

The design team at REHAU RAUVISIO House has announced what they consider the most important trends as they pertain to residential interiors, more specifically kitchen design. RAUVISIO House creates community around a range of products and services.

It is a collective of engineers, creatives, designers and artisans who support the architects and designers in crafting made-to-measure spaces that are uniquely meaningful to each client.

The Five Trends to Watch Are:

The Enduring Importance of Color: REHAU RAUVISIO noir™ in color

Ah, the perennial importance of color. Even as Pantone proclaimed Magenta to be the color of the year for 2023, most brands and designers lean toward more subtle colors in their designs. Pastels, when used sparingly, add understated sophistication to projects.

Cabinet finishes on the other hand, are trending toward warmer finishes such as natural oak or warm walnut. Coupled with textures that are a big trend this year, the effect is both visual and tactile. Though white remains the most popular finish, if a color is desired – blue has gained some market share – with 24% of people preferring to use blue for island cabinets.

Function, Function, Function: REHAU RAUVISIO noir™

Whether designing for households with younger children, or multi-generations, every cabinet has an opportunity to perform double-duty.

From toe-touch opens, to built-in trash and recycling containers, the norm now is for base cabinets to be as functional as possible. Drawers are now seen as part of command central; built-in USB ports, charging stations and interior lighting keep the work-from-home crowd productive and school-age children able to work under the watchful eyes of a parent. Sinks and countertops are multi-functional as well, providing elegant cover and creating an extra workspace.

Countertops Bring the Drama: REHAU RAUVISIO noir™ compact

While Carrara and lighter solid surface materials will always be popular, designers were drawn to more dramatic examples – all of which are excellent counterbalances to warm neutral wood cabinets.

Textures Take the Day: REHAU RAUVISIO ingrain™

Linear or horizontal, wood-grain or textiles; if there is a way to make a cabinet stand out with texture – brands are offering it and designers are swooning.

Don’t Forget the Details: REHAU RAUVISIO ferro™

If there is one thing designers are drawn to over and over, it’s mixing textures and finishes. Metal framing produces a dramatic feel when partnered with dark/matte black finishes. Contrasting channel finishes are a gift to kitchen designers. Leather cabinet drawer facing and of course wood and metal hardware are trending.

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