[Instead of upper cabinets, among options are drawers beneath the counter for easy-to-access china.]
For interesting contrasts in kitchens, it's not uncommon to see a blue or black accent cabinet, or to add different metals, whether it's on cabinetry or a toe kick or support leg on an island or peninsula.
When it comes to appliances, blackened stainless steel is still a hot finish, along with charcoal or other dark shade that puts it between black and stainless.
As for food preparation, people are adding induction cooktops that heat with magnets as opposed to using a glass cooktop. Also gaining traction is the idea of stacking a steam oven above a regular oven. The steam oven is known for improved retention of moisture and nutrients, but there is a learning curve, McFadden said.
"What kitchen design really is is space planning," McFadden said. "Anywhere custom cabinetry is required is where we shine – and space planning."
He noted the continuing movement is to open up kitchens to better fit with how people live. Some are forgoing formal dining rooms to gain alternative space.