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So What is New in Philadelphia Kitchen Design?

Actually there is a lot new in Philadelphia kitchen design. First let me say that it is hard to lump all of Philadelphia together, even though many outside of Philadelphia try. Philadelphia has two main contingents, the Moderns and the Traditionalists. However even the Traditionalists are now more Transitionalists. Which brings me to my first trend.

  • Traditional design is out. And by that I mean no more ornate corbels, elaborate cornices or even layered crown moldings. It is all about clean lines and simplified design.

So where is a Traditionalist to go? They have all become part of the Transitionalist party. This party is a little more gussied up than the flat panel door of the Moderns. You are a Transitionalist if you love the Shaker door style. This style goes particularly well with my next Philadelphia kitchen design trend.

  • Two toned, even three toned kitchens are in. This could mean two painted colors usually white or cream with another color, both very subdued so as not to be too manic. It could also mean and most often does that it is a painted color and a wood stain. You can see many examples at Here is one of my favorites Once in a while in a more Modern kitchen it is white and a bright color. The favorite colors in this case are red, some form of bright green or even orange.

Speaking of orange, I have now moved on to my third trend.

  • What is the color in Philadelphia kitchen designs this year? It is orange or more specifically Tangerine. And this makes Philadelphia right in vogue with what colorists predicted in the beginning of 2012. I even have proof with this Pantone color chart. If you squint and look very closely you can see that the color of this year is Tangerine Tango.

Now I am not saying this is the color anyone I know is ordering for their kitchen cabinets, but I do know a few folks painting their walls this color. It looks spectacular against stark white cabinets and gray countertops. This brings me to the last trend for Philadelphia kitchen design.

  • The Moderns LOVE (as do I) white cabinets with gray countertops or even gray cabinets with a white countertop. These can be a solid gray or a countertop with gray and white. This countertop material is almost always quartz. You can see examples of this at One of our displays utilizes gray and white cabinets (we like to cover our bases) with a white/touch of gray quartz countertop.

I know these are the Philadelphia kitchen design trends, but these are my top four. If you agree, let me know. I would love to hear from you. Even if you don’t agree I would still like to hear your opinion. This is an equal opportunity blog. If you want to learn more on how to get your own Philadelphia kitchen design, please visit our website at or call us at 215.922.4414.