Top Bathroom Cabinetry Trends for 2019

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Choosing cabinetry for your bathroom is a tricky process. You want something that is stylish and will match the rest of your home, but is also functional and provides you with the storage space you need. You want something that isn’t a giant pain to install, but also built to last. Luckily the experts at Naffco Floors & Interiors have years of experience helping our customers choose and set up their perfect cabinets. Here we’ve broken down some of the top bathroom cabinetry trends we’re seeing in 2019.

Compact & minimalist storage spaces

In recent years minimalism has gained a lot of momentum as a decor and lifestyle. We’re seeing this trend make its way into every aspect of home design, and bathrooms are no exception. This design element is meant to decrease stress and clutter and increase comfort and organization. Cabinets are getting smaller and sleeker, with methodical compartments for specific items. This is especially common in smaller bathrooms and half baths.

Natural wood cabinets

We’ve also been noticing a trend for homeowners to “return to nature.” Ecodesign is making a huge splash in homes and bathrooms everywhere, especially in rustic and coastal homes. Natural wood cabinets, often made from maple, teak, or hickory provide a chic and organic look for people who love nature.

Dark and bold

For a more modern look, bold and dark cabinets are the way to go. Dark woods such as hickory, birch, and pecan can provide a more natural look, while a painted or metal cabinet can give you a sleek ebony piece that looks clean and crisp.

Mix and match

Many new homeowners working on a budget are updating their homes by thrifting, bargain shopping, and creating an eclectic mix of contemporary and classic decor. Old, bold pieces juxtaposed with modern technology create a comfortable and functional atmosphere. This is a great way to infuse your personality into your bathroom’s decor.

If you have any questions about bathroom cabinetry, come visit one of Naffco’s 3 locations and talk with one of our experts. Or give us a call at (813) 254-4066 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

Choosing the Right Color for Your Cabinets

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Your cabinets have a huge influence on the overall aesthetic and design of your kitchen and bathroom. On a practical level, you want your cabinets to fit in with your needs, as well as contributing to the the style and aesthetic of the space. Color is a huge factor in your decision – so check out some of our suggestions:


As in most decor ventures, the size of the room should inform your color choices. If you have a smaller kitchen or bathroom, opt for lighter shades in order to create the illusion of space. If you’re fortunate to have a larger area to work with, you can experiment with darker shades.


Contrast is a great way to create visual appeal in any room – and you can use your cabinets to do so. Choose a color that contrasts with the walls, countertops, or window treatments. A color wheel can help to pair shades perfectly.


Don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to two colors, building a pleasing color palette with multiple shades can be very effective. We often assume cabinets all have to be the same color, but in reality you can mix and match different colors in order to create a unique space. Pops of color can help create visual interest and add some playful character – even if it’s just a few strategically placed cabinet doors.


Before settling on a color, you should consider the style of your cabinets. Some colors work better with certain designs. More traditional styles are not often seen in bright, eye-catching colors, but instead in neutrals, creams, and dark, dramatic finishes.


If you’re planning on selling your home soon, it’s important to allow the buyers the opportunity to treat their potential new home like a blank slate. As such try and stick to neutral and light colors for cabinets ( and decor overall for that matter)


Upgrading Old Cabinets

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If you’re in need of an update to your cabinets but don’t quite have the budget to buy new,  there are many different ways in which you can improve them. Check out some of the following suggestions:


If you have the time consider painting your cabinets – it’s a great DIY project and an inexpensive way to give a facelift to your kitchen or bathroom. If you decide painting is for you, it’s imperative you find out what your original cabinets are made of in order to do the job correctly. For solid wood you can gently sand off the original paint, but that isn’t the case for wood veneer. There are many different products on the market, so do you research or you could end up spending more in the long run!

Tip – Why not try mixing different colors to create your own unique styles. You could have a neutral shade on the lower cabinets and a brighter on top.


Another way in which you can give new life to your cabinets is smart lighting choices. Uplighting can immediately alter the mood and aesthetic of a space, and can be done quite inexpensively.

New Handles

Handles are another even cheaper way to upgrade. New handles can be purchased with relative ease and fitted in no time at all, creating a unique look to your home.

No More Doors

Instead of adding something, why not take away instead? Removing some of the cabinet doors and repainting the interiors can really open up the space.


Refacing your current cabinets is a great idea for those on a budget who want a entirely new look. Add a few glass inserts for variety, and you’ll have what looks like a whole new kitchen for a fraction of the price.

Smart Additions

You can also update the interior of some of your cabinets to make your life easier. You might want cabinets that roll out around corners for example.


Bathroom Cabinet Recommendations

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Your bathroom can be a very personal, expressive place. Some homeowners want their bathroom to be modern and clutter free with everything hidden away, whilst others want a way to display their belongings attractively for ease of access. Whatever your preference, cabinets are a huge part of the overall aesthetic and functionality.

Here’s some of our top tips to help you choose the right cabinet:


Your layout will greatly dictate the number and style of cabinets you need. If you have a lot of things to store, it’s important to opt for a variety of cabinet sizes and types. For example you may want a longer cabinet to store towels, a drawer for smaller objects etc. Quite often bathrooms have an open drawer for ease of access to commonly used items.


You then need to consider how large you want your vanity mirror and sink, as this will impact on the cabinets you can fit around them. Ensure your drawers are sturdy (not stapled) and are of a good thickness – bathroom items can get heavy and you want drawers that are built to last.


Your bathroom goes through a lot and therefore need materials that aren’t subject to chipping, peeling, etc. Make sure the materials you choose for your cabinets are strong enough to withstands heat, moisture, and water. Most bathroom cabinets will be designed to combat these factors – but there are different tiers of quality in terms of both materials and finishes. It depends on how long you want your cabinets to last. If you don’t feel like redecorating anytime soon pay more and save in the long run. Check the waterproofing ability and ensure you use a high quality sealant to protect your precious cabinets. Solid wood is always a good option (research into the best type for your needs) though plywood does not expand so readily when faced with water, so is well worth considering.


Having your cabinets designed with your needs in mind can make a big difference. so think logically. Will it make your life that bit easier to have a hair dryer drawer with a built in outlet? Well then why not! After all, you’re the one who’s going to be using it everyday.


Kitchen Cabinet Recommendations

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If you’re in the midst of redecorating your kitchen aren’t certain which cabinets to choose, then take a look at some of the following top tips:


One of the first things to consider is how long you intend on staying in your current home, and how long until you plan on redecorating. If you’re in it for the long haul it makes sense to opt for a higher quality option (such as solid wood), whereas if you enjoy to redecorate often and you’re opting for a contemporary, on-trend design you may prefer veneer or MDF. If you are thinking of moving soon resale value is an important factor – a prospective buyer might well be swayed by a new, impressive kitchen complete with high quality cabinets.


Your cabinet choice is greatly controlled by how much money you have to spend. If you’re on a tighter budget then solid wood might not be attainable – thankfully there are many different, more affordable materials which can mimic oaks, cherry etc. You can also think about choosing less expensive woods, and mixing different materials to create a unique space.


Next you need to think about the layout of your kitchen – complete a quick sketch to give yourself a visual idea. Do you want an island? A long cabinet? What about your appliances, do you want them to be built into your cabinet doors? And have you considered glass cabinets to display or help illuminate the areas?

Will it fit in?

If your kitchen is a separate room then this may not be a concern for you, but if you have an open plan space then you want your cabinet style to complement the rest of the decor. Shaker cabinets are a great all rounder, but experiment and see what works for your home.


Choosing the Right Materials for your Cabinets

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Choosing the right material for your cabinet is just as important as the style you select. You need to consider many factors, including your budget, taste, and if it will complement your decor.

Solid Wood

The most well-known and traditional choice for a kitchen cabinet is solid wood. They have a very long lifespan, are durable, and can even be a selling point for your home. They do come with a higher price tag to match, but again this price varies based on the type of wood you choose. These include:

  • Red Oak (strong, more affordable, often used for traditional/customisable cabinets)
  • Maple (popular and used in many contemporary styles)
  • Hickory (a lighter, creamy, natural wood great for simple, rustic styles)
  • Cherry (very strong, often stained to create a uniform color)
  • Birch (more affordable and can give the appearance of a more expensive wood)

Wood Veneer

If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to solid wood, you can instead opt for wood veneer. This ingenious style of cabinet is actually made from a cheaper material (such as plywood) but has an outer layer of hardwood, giving a deceptive illusion for a fraction of the price. Wood veneer comes in pretty much any design that a hardwood does, and is just as pleasing to the eye (though it won’t last as long).

Stainless Steel

Many professional kitchens opt for stainless steel cabinets due to hygiene and longevity, but more and more homeowners are considering this contemporary material for their homes. It’s certainly more suited to modern, industrial decor, and if you’re not quite ready for the full steel cabinet you can add touches to your countertops instead to achieve a similar tone.


Having glass details in your cabinets can really open up your kitchen and create the illusion of light – as well as providing a place to display items. You may also want to install lighting to help illuminate different areas of your kitchen. More modern kitchens lean to frosted glass, whereas a more traditional style complements ornate leading.


Different Cabinet Styles

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Your cabinet choice is one of the most significant decisions you make when redecorating your kitchen. Cabinets are a major focal point, drawing the eye and setting the tone of the space, and there are so many different styles to choose from. Here are a selection of the most popular:


Streamline, simple, chic and with more than just an edge of modernity, flat cabinets are perfect if you want to create a contemporary kitchen. It’s hard line and minimalist, with no over the top decoration – if this sounds like your approach to decor then flat is the way to go. Flat cabinets tend to be offered in laminates, wood, and glass.


A firm favorite no matter what your taste, shaker cabinets are built with both functionality and style in mind. The great thing about Shaker cabinets is they complement pretty much any and every type of decor – from traditional to modern. This also gives them a timeless nature, keeping them ‘in fashion’ no matter what fads come and go. Because of their ubiquitous nature Shaker cabinets come in every material you can think of, making the prices range from costly to more affordable.


The distressed style has been growing in popularity of late, thanks to the overall appreciation of vintage fashion. You can choose any cabinet type, though more traditional styles work better with the distressed aesthetic. In terms of how to distress your cabinets, you can hire professionals or look online for DIY instructions and videos.


Louvered cabinets are on the pricier end of the scale thanks to the workmanship that goes into creating their unique appearance. Each door is constructed using multiple slats making it easier to circulate air – this feature makes them a good choice for areas close to dishwashers and washing machines.


A more traditional choice, inset cabinets create a beautiful overall look to any kitchen. They’re lovingly crafted and have a price tag to match – but they have lasting power thanks to their design. They also come in a huge array of different materials.


Types of Cabinet Doors

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Cabinet doors come in all shapes and sizes, and it might surprise you to find the pronounced difference even the subtlest change in cabinet style can make to the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. Afterall in terms of visuals, cabinets command the most space in your kitchen by a long shot. Let’s take a look at some of the many cabinet door styles on offer:


The type of overlay you choose can make a big difference to the overall aesthetic of your kitchen. Overlay refers to how much space is left between the cabinet face and the overlay. If you opt for a full overlay, there’s minimal space left between, the result being a more continuous and smooth look. This works great in modern kitchen. Alternatively, partial overlay is when the cabinets doors have more space between one anothers, exposing the cabinet frame between areas. Finally, inset cabinetry sits flush with the face frame, most commonly seen in traditional Shaker cabinets for example.

Raised or Recessed

Next you need to determine whether you want your cabinet doors raised or recessed, which again will have a huge effect on the overall look of your kitchen. Raised panel doors fit a great many number of styles, creating volume and contours to your kitchen. Recessed panels are often more commonly used in contemporary interiors as they’re sleek and simple.


Another style you might explore is slab. Just as it sounds, the slab cabinet is one full piece of material that makes up the entire exterior of the cabinet. Slabs are often constructed of engineered wood and work well with minimalist, modern designs.

Mullion/Open Frames

Mullion and open frame doors have glass inserted into the frames in order to create a decorative, open aesthetic. These are often mixed with ‘closed’ cabinets to break the kitchen up, creating an area in which to display chosen items.


Should I Paint my Cabinets Myself?

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If you think your kitchen is in need of a revamp but don’t quite have the budget to buy new cabinets, you may be considering painting your cabinets as an inexpensive alternative. Before your roll up your sleeves however, it’s important to consider the following:

Cabinet Material

Some materials take well to being repainted, whereas others shouldn’t even be attempted. Solid wood is you ideal starting material, as they can be painted easily and with little preparation. If ,however, you have stainless steel, MDF, or laminate you may have a problem on your hands. The issue with these materials is the paint doesn’t adhere to the surface well, meaning it can chip incredibly easily. If your heart is set on painting your engineered wood, it’s vital to sand and prime the cabinets beforehand – but again there’s no guarantee it will stay pristine. You can look into specialized paints that don’t need primer or sanding and claim to adhere well to any material, just ensure to test out an inconspicuous area first.

Cabinet Finish

Another factor to consider is the finish on your cabinet. A great deal of finishes can be painted over no problem, however if you’re intending on going from a painted to finish to a stain it starts to become trickier. If this is the case for your kitchen you may want to install new doors instead.

Current State

If your cabinets have seen better days, it might make more sense to just bite the bullet and splurge on new ones. This may make more sense than spending money and time refurbishing current ones which may not last the year.

Time Considerations

Finally you need to consider how much time you have to devote to this project. Patience is key, and you may find yourself having to paint multiple layers which takes time and puts your kitchen out of action. If you want to paint the inside of the cabinets as well, even more time will be required.

Cabinet Door Styles

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Choosing the style of your cabinet sets the whole tone of the room that contains it; it’s the main focal point in every bathroom and kitchen, drawing the eye and dictating the overall decor. By replacing (or even refurbing) your cabinet doors, you can reinvigorate a space and create a whole new look. So what styles are available to revamp your interior?


The shaker cabinet is one of the most well-loved styles in the interior design world. It takes its inspiration from the simplistic and clean nature of its namesake, and comes in a wide variety of different materials. The most traditional choice is hardwood, but nowadays one can find shaker cabinets in composite woods and even aluminum. You might also opt to ‘dress’ your shaker up with an ornate handle or an interesting finish. Whatever your design decision, the great thing about a Shaker cabinet is that they complement pretty much any interior design – from contemporary to beach house.


Another classic choice is the cathedral cabinet, which feature a raised panel and decorative arch. This style is best suited for traditional, classic interiors (like farmhouse or French country) and looks best constructed out of hardwood or composites.


Beadboard is the perfect choice for shabby chic, nautical, or beach house interior. It’s formed of panel of wood, most famously in light oak or painted white for a vintage feel. This type of cabinet works really well if you want to create a distressed finish on your wood.


This cabinet is characterized by its individual, often translucent or transparent panels of glass framed in wood – much like a window. Just like a window you can add leaded glass for decorative purposes. This style is great for adding space to a room, and lends itself well to gothic and country-style homes.


The best choice for those who want to keep their cabinets clean, sharp, and contemporary, the slab style matches well with contemporary and industrial interiors. It can be on the more expensive side, but it’s elegant flair is unmatched if you’re taste is thoroughly modern.