by William Sampson
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Led by increasingly urban lifestyles, European de- sign influences are making significant gains in the American kitchen cabinet marketplace. That’s one of the major conclusions coming from the annual FDMC kitchen cabinet trends survey. Every year, we tour the Kitchen and Bath In- dustry Show and the International Builder Show, cataloging what cabinet exhibitors are putting on display. While it is not a scientific sampling of the
entire kitchen cabinet market, it does point to significant trends. After all, most exhibitors are not
going to show what they don’t think will sell.
This year, both shows co-located at the Orange
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County Convention Center in Orlando, making
for a massive gathering of building and design
professionals. Exhibitors came from all over the
world, and international influence this year made
a big part of what was trending. From case con-
struction to colors to fundamental design trends,
European styles were clearly on the rise.
In last year’s survey we noted some sizable gains
for frameless construction. This year, those gains
are even bigger. The number of kitchen displays
in 2017 that used frameless construction was up 15
Euro influences in construction, finishes, colors, and components make
strong showing in annual FDMC kitchen cabinet trends survey.
Euro looks gain in annual FDMC
survey of kitchen cabinet trends
Frameless and transitional designs were on the rise at KBIS 2017, like this Aspire frameless kitchen from Wellborn. Note
also the mixed colors and tones, another popular trend.