As you get ready to turn your dream of a new kitchen into a reality, you’ll want to know what the hottest new trends in kitchens are for 2016.  And we’ve got them for you!

  • Add custom pieces to your kitchen design, combining different materials, colors, wood species and more.
  • While gray is still a popular cabinet color, stained gray is the latest trend and WOW are there beautiful choices!!!
  • With quartz being the desired kitchen countertop material of choice because of it’s similarities to granite and being maintenance free, manufacturers are hearing their customers requests for a marble looking product and they’ve all come out with some beautiful options to satisfy this desire.
  • Convenience in the kitchen is not only a desire it is a demand!  And the cabinet manufacturers heard your cries and have come out with some really cool new features.

We took this customer’s recently remodeled kitchen and their love of natural wood and extended their island, giving it a seating area, using locally sourced ash wood.  We took the time and effort to come up with the perfect stain color that the customer desired and the end result was beautiful.  Do you not love this mix of painted cabinetry with the grain of natural wood?!

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Both of the cabinet lines we carry have come out with BEAUTIFUL gray stains to compliment any room in your house.  Kitchens, baths, offices, bars, you name it, these colors will look great throughout.

Slate is a deep gray-green stain. If you’re familiar with smoke from a pleasant, warm fire or the timeless appeal of a weathered rock wall, then you’re already familiar with Starmark’s new cabinetry color Slate!

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Our Haas Cabinetry line also offers a beautiful stain color in their Barnwood stain.  This kitchen picture is of their entry level Lifestyle line and you can see that even at an entry level price, you can create a show stopper of a kitchen with the right cabinets and colors.

Haas Barnwood

Adding to the trend of beautiful gray stains, is quartz’ answer to marble countertops.  And all three of the lines of quartz we carry offer new, beautiful marble mimickers.  You get the beauty of marble with the durability of quartz.

Cambria’s Brittanicca is one of their newest colors and as you can see in this kitchen, is versatile and absolutely stunning.

Cambria Brittanica

Hanstone’s answer to the marble look are their newest colors, Classic Statue and Italian wave.  Both so classic and timeless.

Hanstone Samples


Wilsonart is making their way into the Quartz world with some amazing offerings.  One of my personal favorites is Kolams as seen in this simply elegant countertop design.  Picture this paired with either of the new gray stained cabinetry and your kitchen will be the talk of the neighborhood.kolams-vanity-bathroom_0

And last, but definitely not least, convenience in the kitchen is the demand of the day!  A really hot trend is creating a spot in the kitchen where a quick cup of coffee and bowl of cereal can be had without making a mess in the entire kitchen.  A call for convenient places to store knives and utensils along with microwaves no longer being a fixture on the wall or worse yet, on the countertop are all requests we are hearing often.  The answer to all of these needs can be created in a really beautiful and functional island space.  One with a separate, smaller sink for clean up along with a microwave drawer would be perfect.

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With our new showroom now open and ready for visitors, we look forward to working with you on your new kitchen remodel.  Whether you want us to handle your entire project from design to completion or just need to purchase your cabinetry, countertops and custom woodworking pieces from us, we are here to turn your dream kitchen into a reality.

Studio 912 Kitchens, Baths and Custom Woodworking has been creating beautiful spaces in the Greater Chicagoland and southern Wisconsin area for over 20 years.  Located in Crystal Lake, IL, and dealers of Starmark and Haas Cabinetry, we can design and ship our products anywhere across the country.  Call today at (815) 356-0912 for a free consultation.