You should expect your kitchen and bath designer to develop recommendations based on your individual style preferences and how you want your new space to look, feel and function.

At Country Cabinets, etc., we have many clients that gravitate to the latest looks and want to stretch the envelope when it comes to color, technology and design. Many of our clients elect to deviate from the status quo to make a dramatic and inspiring statement.

As you discuss the latest trending products and designs with your kitchen designer, be sure to consider if those trends will stand the test of time. Let’s look at a few recent trends that have changed over time.

Twenty years ago, granite countertops were the rage. They represented luxury and exclusivity. Today, granite countertops, while still immensely popular, are not considered exclusive or unusual.

Quartz has overtaken granite as a more trend-setting countertop material. The same can be said for stainless steel appliances. Standard stainless is no longer unique or considered trend-setting. What’s hot in appliance finishes are black stainless, slate, graphite and custom colors.

How long you plan to live in your home is a factor to keep in mind when considering different styles and trend options. Homeowners that plan to stay in their home for 10 or more years typically are not concerned about the effect their design decisions will have many years from now.

If your goal is to improve the quality of your home for an upcoming sale, then your design decisions should gravitate to a palate that will deliver the most significant return on investment. Our showroom has designed hundreds of kitchens and baths, we understand designs and products that resonate best with homebuyers.

When it comes to incorporating hot trends into your new kitchen or bath, it’s never an all or nothing scenario. White cabinets continue to be the most popular among our clients. White cabinets are hardly a hot new trend, but they remain immensely popular. That does not mean white can’t be on-trend. You can make your white kitchen warm and inviting through the use of textures and finishes.

Add warmth and color to your space by selecting wooden countertops, glass door cabinets that showcase colorful plates and glassware or statement-making light fixtures or range hoods. Cabinet colors that are trending now include blue tones, green and gray tones.

The style of your home is another factor that you must consider when determining if hot trends are right for your new kitchen or bath. Our designers ask questions about the existing décor of a prospective client's home during the planning process, and we almost always make an appointment to visit a client's home to obtain a better understanding his or her style. A new kitchen should complement and enhance the existing style of your home.

What hot trends are most appropriate for your new kitchen or bath? Give Country Cabinets, etc. call at (603) 356-5766 or go to their showroom at 95 East Conway Road in Center Conway. You can also email or go to

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