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At last week’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas, designers were able to catch a glimpse into up-and-coming trends for cabinets and countertops. Houzz contributor Erin Carlyle says dark tones for both product categories were seen throughout the event, as well as engineered surfaces inspired by natural and industrial materials. Read on to see what other trends emerged.

Navy Cabinets Remain a Trend, and White Warms Up

Navy cabinets are also still quite popular, and some countertop makers are responding by injecting navy and other blues into their countertop materials. White cabinets aren’t going anywhere, of course, but designer Eleanor Bouchard at the Cabico booth notes that warmer whites are rising in popularity. She also says wood cabinetry with a bleached-out, rustic look is gaining steam.

Countertops Take On Darker Tones

The patterns for engineered quartz counters are continuing to get more interesting and dynamic, and many home remodelers are choosing this material for its durability. Just this year, engineered quartz became more popular than natural stone for upgraded kitchen countertops in kitchen remodels, according to Houzz research. While white remains the most popular color for upgraded counters in kitchen remodels, multicolored counters are the No. 2 pick, while gray is in third place, Houzz data reveals.

Wood-Look Engineered Materials Debut on Countertops

Wood-look patterns have been trending on flooring and wall applications for some time, but it’s new to see them on countertops. Clairidge is Cambria’s first wood-look design. It features tan, walnut brown, cream, black and gray in undulating parallel layers that mimic the look of wood grain. The design is the inaugural offering of the company’s Woodstone collection, which is inspired by the tones and movement of various wood grains.

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