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Home Renovation: The Latest Trends in Cabinetry

Posted on Monday, October 31, 2011

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Ever walk into a home and wish the kitchen had more WOW factor or other rooms in the home could use some pop? Or maybe you just look at your current place and think about custom one of a kind furniture work in the house or your own kitchen updating. Many of our clients are interested in purchasing a property for renovation, or maybe just fixing up the place they have now – and better cabinetry and custom wood working often become part of the design.

We have worked personally with Chris Hylemon of Hyland Custom Cabinetry and the images above speak for themselves.  Chris and his company of craftsman work nationally – from New York City Penthouses to Naples Florida Real Estate to Los Angeles and the west coast.  Let’s hear what he has to say about renovation and the use of modern cabinetry trends.

It’s good to take your cabinets seriously. Cabinetry is typically the largest design aspect in a space. Their design and finish can make or break a room. Below I have listed the most popular cabinetry trends we are experiencing lately.

1.) Design technology
Clients either come into our shop knowing exactly what they want down to the last knob or the exact opposite of having too many ideas and not enough space to accommodate them all. One service that we offer that is a great benefit to both client and manufacturer is the ability to produce a three dimensional rendering. It helps ease through the design process by providing a view of what the finished product will be. It gives the client confidence in their decisions by allowing them to visualize how they will function in the space, and a picture to assure they have received a finished product that is exactly what they expected.

2.) Pure and simple
The majority of cabinetry that we are building is more stream-lined and less ornate. This doesn’t mean boring; on the contrary it becomes more sleek, elegant, and furniture-like. The most popular door profile across the board is the simple shaker-style door as it can assume many different looks depending on the finish. We aren’t seeing as many complicated, multi-step finishes and glazes, but rather a resurgence in pure stain finishes and painted cabinets of all different colors. People are having fun and bringing more color into their homes.

3.) Function equal to form
But it’s not enough just to look good. Cabinetry is being designed with the concept of “there is a place for everything and everything in its place” and a general consensus that things need to be kept out of sight. There is an overall customization movement happening that puts as much emphasis on the function of our cabinetry as it does on form. Clients want their cabinetry to perform at a high level. We’re using a lot of self-closing, under-mount slides on drawers and other hidden hardware that makes the cabinets perform more efficiently. More than ever we are integrating appliances into the overall design by adding matching panel fronts. Cabinetry becomes more furniture-like and a seamless addition to our environment and lifestyle.

As we simplify our lives, so do we simplify our surroundings.

Chris Hylemon Hyland Custom Cabinetry



Mark Goebel, PA is a REALTOR with Coldwell Banker on 5th avenue in Naples with 35+ years of visiting and living in Naples.  After 25 years at Accenture, Mark retired as a managing director and spends his time helping non profits and building a real estate team with his wife Nan.  Talk to Mark and Nan about life in Naples and why they chose this place to live full time over all others.


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