(Family Features) For avid cooks, seasoned hosts and busy families, the kitchen has become the center of daily life and a place where both form and function have taken on more importance.

In general, this high-traffic area influences the design of the rest of the house, especially if the home has more of an open-concept floor plan. The colors and materials used in the kitchen normally set the tone for the rest of the house.

When it comes to considerations like finish and materials, kitchen cabinetry trends are shifting toward colored cabinets and a mix of textures and materials.

White kitchens have dominated the market for years; white is constant, safe and classic. While white kitchens are likely to remain a popular option for homeowners, trends are showing a shift in painted cabinetry design from classic white to eye-catching colors.

Natural, organic colors, such as, burnt orange, shades of gray, blue hues and green tones are predicted to be the leaders in cabinetry colors for 2019.

For those with a more creative approach to design, the blue tones for cabinetry reach atmospheric wisps of colors and capture the unique space between technology and spirituality. The more adventurous may opt for burnt orange or more subtle earthy colors of the high plains and desert. For the naturalist, green earthy tones can bring the wonder of the world into your kitchen. For the cozy homebody, dark warm tones of gray on cabinetry add a rich and modern scope that spans space and time.

From classic to modern and from farmhouse to high-tech modernistic styling, professional interior designers work to create surfaces that make a statement. With cabinetry, there’s no shortage of options: matte and glossy, dark and light, with and without handles.

Another emerging option is cabinetry featuring exposed wood grain for a balance between embracing nature and exuding sophistication. This trend celebrates imperfections and allows you to bring nature into your home.

A beautiful kitchen may please the eye, but when it comes down to it, a kitchen’s function is its greatest value. Integrate the following ideas for a kitchen that offers maximum function for one of your home’s most-used spaces.

Declutter the countertops. Consider incorporating pull-out and roll-out trays into your cabinetry to maximize your storage space, as well as, enhancing your cabinets with inserts and organizational kits. Eliminate wasted space by adding corner cabinets to utilize all your available space.

Determine the island’s function. The island is often the visual centerpiece of the kitchen, but determining its function can maximize its benefit. Fully functional cabinetry around the island can provide added storage space. For example, custom cabinetry appliance panels let you not only conceal bulky appliances, they also give your wall cabinets more space and functionality.

Make recycling easy. Place the recycle and garbage bins in a pull-out cabinet near the sink to allow for easier accessibility and to keep them out of sight.

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Source: Family Features