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New Study Says Look for More Wood in More Kitchens

A new research report forecasts that wood will be used more prominently in kitchens next year.

There may not be wooden appliances or kitchen sinks but a new study asking designers, remodelers, architects, and others about trends for American kitchens is forecasting wood and wood looks will be featured more prominently next year.

This will be most apparent in kitchen cabinets, the research indicated. “While white cabinetry has been a staple in kitchens for years,” it stated, “designers now say that wood cabinetry is making a comeback. When asked about popular kitchen color trends, ‘wood’ was cited by 28% of respondents, outpacing ‘white,’ which was cited by 25%.”

Those cabinets are likely to get a textured or grained appearance, the study said: 35% expect to continue seeing natural, high-texture wood grain on cabinetry. And inside, 37% of homeowners want cabinets with customizable drawer dividers and partitions.

When it came to colors, the study said, green was the top choice with 31% of responses favoring it, far outdistancing other selections including pink, peach, coral, and salmon, which received the fewest responses with 3%.

For kitchen faucets about half of the respondents selected gold as their top choice, followed by stainless and black finishes. Matte finishes outdistanced brushed and satin looks. Gold, bronze, and copper were the preferred tones for kitchen lighting.

The study was conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

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