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Kitchen cabinets - for a new home or remodel - top the list of major home projects.
Cabinets can help bring a kitchen into the 21st century, the home's overall style, making the kitchen a focal point. "(A kitchen) needs to function for homework, message-taking, playing games, working on the computer, entertaining, dining and, of course, cooking.
Dark colors are making a comeback, says Becky Bertch, vice president of Bertch Cabinets. That applies both to the woods used as well as stains and glazing. Stains run the spectrum of light finishes that display the beauty of the wood grain, to mid-tones and dark-rich finishes that enhance the inherent beauty of the underlying species. Opaque and cream-colored finishes also have been gaining in popularity. Glazing, another way to enhance the finished product, has trended toward the dark side, too.
Going green is another new direction. Bertch Cabinets has certification in the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association's environmental stewardship program, which means they adhere to environmental standards set by that association, output fewer CFCs and burn their own sawdust for fuel.
"Style is important, but it's also important that we, as manufacturers, are taking an interest in preserving the environment," says Bertch. Consumers also are taking an interest in their kitchens-as-living-rooms. They seek comfort and furniture-like elements in cabinetry.
Today's kitchens are often open to, and an extension of, the family room. For this reason, more furniture-type decorative elements, such as corbels, bun feet and decorative posts or turnings, are being incorporated into the design.