INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Streamlined aesthetics that incorporate natural elements are expected to be among the trends fueling 2024 demand for kitchen cabinets, although several other key factors will also play a role, a leading home-improvement research firm said last month.
According to a forecast by The Farnsworth Group, a focus on sleek and uncluttered cabinet designs that incorporate integrated storage solutions and concealed appliances – “allowing for a visually appealing kitchen” – will continue to drive cabinet growth this year.
“Calming and organic kitchens incorporating wood grains and warm and earthy color palettes found in nature continue add atmosphere and a natural ambiance to kitchens,” said Amy Theophilus, a research specialist at the Indianapolis-based Farnsworth Group.
“Many homeowners are opting for beige, mushroom, taupe and other warm neutral tones to create comfortable and welcoming spaces,” she added.
Theophilus pointed to several other trends playing a role in overall cabinet demand. Among them:
Rising Demand for Bamboo.
“Bamboo cabinets may still not be as broadly popular as more traditional choices, but they are on the rise,” Theophilus said. “Bamboo cabinets offer a more minimalist and modern style. They are less expensive than natural wood and offer an affordable option to many consumers who would like to modernize their spaces.”
Bamboo cabinets, she added, “are also very durable and easy to maintain. One of their main benefits is their eco-friendly characteristics.
“Unlike most hardwood trees that take decades to mature, bamboo grows very quickly and renews itself when harvested, making it a sustainable alternative for cabinets,” Theophilus observed.
Popularity of Frameless Cabinets.
Demand for frameless cabinets is increasing (because) “they offer more storage space and fit in well with modern design trends,” Theophilus said. “Frameless units can also accommodate various types of doors and finishes, including wood slabs, glass, metal or laminate, making them a design friendly option,” she added.
Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets.
Especially among younger homeowners, outdoor kitchens with cabinets are expected to have significant growth in the coming years, according to Theophilus.
“Fueled by the market conditions of the past few years, consumers spent more time outdoors at home than ever before and intend to continue investing in improvements to their outdoor spaces,” she said.
“It has become increasing important to homeowners to incorporate a cohesive transition between their interior and outdoor spaces. Extending the kitchen to the outdoors has become a natural transition for entertaining and enjoyment.”