Flat, featureless cabinet faces can lead to a boring kitchen, which is why more people are choosing hardware that makes a statement. One popular hardware style features long, smoothly curving stainless steel pulls across the entire length or width of a drawer or door. Color contrasts are big, too – chunky black knobs and pulls on white cabinetry, for example.
Not all natural wood finishes are out, however. You won’t see many kitchens done in traditional shades like oak, cherry or mahogany, but you will see some very attractive kitchens with a “weathered wood” finish, or high quality hardwood finish. The weathered look gives you natural wood grain and a soft color palette made primarily of grays and a few hints of yellow wherever “new” wood shines through. Unlike the old, battered look of “distressed” cabinets and furnishings, weathered finishes work well in both vintage and modern-themed kitchens.