Design trends in cabinetry can differ within a relatively small geographic radius. In metro Atlanta, the Shaker style characterized by simple, clean lines predominates, while Shaker cabinetry is far less in demand outside the Perimeter. But style is a personal decision.
The Shaker style, with its straight lines and flat-paneled doors, is a good choice for many homes, since it can blend well with either traditional or modern kitchen designs. You can add an element of decorative contrast to the simplicity of Shaker cabinets or drawers with hardware in darker colors. Plus, you can replace the knobs and pulls with a new style every year or two to freshen the appearance at a modest price.
You can also update the traditional Shaker style with subtle color. Light gray shades have become popular in parts of Atlanta, and since these colors are not far from classic white, you can be creative without venturing into avant-garde remodeling. For additional variety, you may also want to install cabinetry in darker woods or stains in the master bath.
If you intend to remain in your home for some years and age in place, explore the many new design elements that can improve accessibility, such as lazy susans or roll-out trays in lower cabinets, cabinets with glass doors, pull-down shelving, and upper wall cabinetry several inches lower than the conventional height.
Designers have also devised cabinetry to enhance convenience and accessibility in the master bath, such as drawers and cabinets specifically for blow dryers or cosmetics. New ideas are constantly entering the market, so spend some time exploring your options before making final decisions.
Author: David DiCristina of Timberland Cabinets. NARI Atlanta member, Timberland Cabinets, is a metro-Atlanta company that offers custom cabinetry solutions throughout the home.