by Christy Heitger-Ewing | photos by Sara Crawford

In the world of home design, there is a constant stream of new features and trends in custom kitchen cabinetry. According to Joe Garcia, owner of G&G Custom Homes, homeowners still crave many of the same elements they always have but are also eager to implement new, exciting features.

For instance, texture layering has become very popular. “People want to get away from everything being wood, so we invite in different textures such as a metal hood with wood strips on top,” says Julie King, designer with the Indiana Kitchen Company.

Mixing paints and stains is another design trend that has gained traction. “Homeowners want a bright, light kitchen, but they add depth and grit to a space so it’s not all white,” explains King. People are also adding punches of color to islands. King is seeing lots of blues and greens rather than blacks and stains. Thick countertops and apron front sinks are also in vogue.

Though people have tired of dated tambour slide-up appliance garages, they love the sleek new ones that hide charging cords, cookbooks, and stacks of mail. Coffee bars and built-in coffeemakers that have direct plumbing running into the cabinets are also hugely popular.

In addition, homeowners are choosing to forego a bit of storage space in the name of style. “We want the kitchen to be beautiful and functional, but sometimes that beauty requires us to false out a space at the top of the cabinet to do a decorative light or panel,” says King.

When it comes to designing the perfect kitchen, finding the right trendy details and the perfect modern storage solutions makes all the difference. Start a conversation with the team at G&G Custom Homes for help designing a kitchen (and home) that is built for living.