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Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2016

We got a hold of the NKBA 2016 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report and will be reporting here on where they think kitchen & bath design is heading.  First, the top 10 kitchen trends...

  1. Transitional style, with clean lines and less ornamentation.
  2. Two or more cabinet colors/finishes in the same kitchen, often in a light/dark combo.
  3. Pull-outs, tilt-outs, and tilt-ins for easy access to storage, trash and recycling.
  4. The look of wood flooring dominates, be it actual wood or wood-look ceramic tile.
  5. Different countertops for islands and the perimeter, varying in both color and material. 
  6. Outdoor kitchens, most popular in the Southeast.
  7. Built-in coffee stations and wet bars, as well as built-in wine refrigerators. 
  8. Pocket doors.
  9. Pet spaces, including built-in feeding stations, food storage, and crates.
  10. Docking and charging stations. 

Keep an eye on our blog for more NKBA 2016 Trends!

Whites hold on to #1 position for 2016

According to Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore, "Simply White" & "Alabaster" are THE Colors of the Year.  

Jackie Jordan, the Sherwin-Williams director of color marketing says...
 “Alabaster represents a straightforward and necessary shift to mindfulness. It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality and ‘less is more’ visual relief. Alabaster is neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring white.” 

Benjamin Moore recommends using whites and variations of whites (see below)

Along with "energizing colors" as those below, you can create sharply defined angles and edges.  

Take a look at the BENJAMIN MOORE website for examples and inspiration.

Looking to remodel?

Showplace Cabinetry has some great tips for starting your remodeling process.  

Visit their REMODEL CENTRAL and get the juices flowing! 

The Kitchen of the future

By: Plain & Fancy

Plain & Fancy got together with our friends at Häfele America Inc., who were involved with FutureHAUS at Virginia Tech to create the kitchen of the future. Almost everything else in our lives has been updated and is technology driven, why not our kitchens too? Check out this great article about the process of building it HERE

Kitchen of the Future 

Kitchen of the Future 


June 8, 2016  By: Danielle Brown, Design Assistant

The Cabinet Design Studio at Forest Millwork is getting a face lift, inside and out! Check out our Instagram and Facebook page to see our “peeping toms” updating the outside. Stop by and check out our most recently completed display by Showplace Wood Products. Evo is their new frameless line introduced in January; shown below (Photo 1) in two different available finishes and Top Knobs pulls – more endless possibilities! 

If you come in for a meeting with one of our designers, chances are the custom made mounting rail will help display the design intention being discussed in your new kitchen or bathroom project.(Photo 2)

Opposite the mounting rail in our conference room, we have put in a new shelving unit from Hafele called 21C Systems. It’s just another way of achieving a “floating shelf” unit in case you need added storage in your home or office!  (Photo 3)

We don’t waste anything around here! One of our individual offices received a custom made wall accent out of leftover Butternut planks, Sorghum Grass panels (out of New Belgium Brewery) and painted MDF. No more empty wall space begging for a friend here. (Photo 4)

In addition to the recycling of our materials, a former DeWil’s display was modified in our millwork shop to a seated height. Now it is being used as a hutch instead of collecting dust in our warehouse. (Photo 5)

There’s a face right inside our front door now! (And a display being put to commercial office use for the true test of durability.)  Go Hafele and Plain & Fancy! (Photo 6)


The Wireless Way to Power up via

In this article written last year,  Dupont speaks of the future of wireless charging and what they are doing about it.

Read the article HERE.

DuPont Corian® Charging Surface

DuPont Corian® Charging Surface

June 6, 2016 -bEFORE & AFTEr-

"I met this customer thru an Interior Designer who I have a close working relationship with.  This house was the clients childhood family home in Hendersonville and from the pictures you can see it was in desperate need of being remodeled. The cabinets are Applied Molding Doors with a Painted White and Brushed Black Glaze technique.  The appliances are all professional grade with many of them including custom appliance panels.  I designed the Vent-A-Hood using the custom color selector, so that made it special.  The high quality decorative cabinet grills with fine mesh were designed and custom ordered from England.  All of the appliances and plumbing fixtures were bought from Ferguson. Forest Millwork made the Walnut Butcherblock island top and Mountain Marble and Granite did the countertops including the full height marble wall splash."

-Amanda James, Kitchen Designer



AFTER - Quite the transformation!

AFTER - Quite the transformation!

Plain and Fancy Introduces Milano Doors

In a variety of melamine finishes these doors are designed for a quicker turn around time and affordable pricing.  

Check out the door and finishes


breathing new life into a turn of the century home

April, 2016

We had the pleasure of renovating a turn of the century home in Downtown Waynesville.  After spending summers here with their Grandparents, the two brothers who came to us with this project wanted to restore it to it's former glory.  The kitchen, butler pantry, and laundry room were designed by Amanda James, along with a few other spaces.  All of the cabinets received final hand-painted finishes on site to preserve the historic look.  The Millwork completed a very detailed library with a small wet bar area and the restoration of existing main staircase.  We matched the handrail profiles and created new volute and handrail parts.  This job also included custom doors and sidelites.

Look who's back!

Let's all welcome Leslie Christoffel back to Forest Millwork and The Cabinet Design Studio!  After a few years in Florida, Leslie has come back to the mountains and we couldn't be happier! She will be running the show in the showroom (see what we did there) as General Manager.