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Kitchen Cabinet Trends for 2011

These are the hot kitchen cabinet trends for 2011. For the most part, the young urban buyer wants dark cabinets and a sleek contemporary look. They love slab stone counter tops like Cambria and Ceasarstone, and they're interested in sustainable materials that are good for the environment.

If this isn't your style and you're not planning on moving anytime soon, go ahead and create the kitchen of your dreams. Our homes are meant to be enjoyed!

But if you live in an urban setting and are remodeling to sell, paying attention to trends could mean a faster sale and a higher selling price.

It's always wise to consult a realtor familiar with your area to find out how much you can realistically afford to invest in updates and what your typical buyer wants. This will help you avoid making costly mistakes and spending more than you can hope to get back at closing.

You can further save on remodeling costs by getting multiple quotes from kitchen remodel contractors. Check references before hiring a contractor!

Dark Cabinets are in Demand

Cabinet styles are getting simpler and flat panels (no decorative trim) are coming back.

This is cabinet is called Mocha Shaker. It's a simple shaker style with a dark chocolate stain. It looks fabulous with light colored counters. Shown here with slab marble.

A really fabulous touch in a contemporary kitchen is a cabinet door with textured glass set in a stainless steel frame. Use it on upper cabinets and light the cabinet from within!

Lighter Wood Cabinets

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Lighter, more exotic woods are also popular. They get a dramatic punch from dark slab or stainless steel counters. The integrated wall of cabinets, refrigerator, and ovens is the ultimate in kitchen design right now.

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What's Out?

Honey oak cabinets. And there are a million of them out there. If this is what you have in your kitchen, consider staining them dark or painting them white. Lots of buyers still like white kitchens.

White Cabinets are Classic

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Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Hardware for 2011
Add style and beauty to your kitchen with the most popular kitchen cabinet hardware for 2011. See the hardware used in the kitchens on this page.

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Alex Hinst is the author of Home Decorating and Staging and owner of Alex Hinst Designs, located in Denver's Historic Highlands.

Alex Hinst Designs has hundreds of success stories in both private and investor home renovations and is dedicated to helping you create your perfect home.