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REHAU Defines 2023 Millwork and Cabinetry Trends

The design team at REHAU RAUVISIO House announces what they consider the most important 2023 trends in kitchen design.


As the industry heads further into 2023, the design team at REHAU RAUVISIO HouseSM announces what they consider the most important trends as they pertain to residential interiors, more specifically kitchen design.

The Five Trends to Watch Are:

  • The Enduring Importance of Color
  • Function, Function, Function
  • Countertops Bring the Drama
  • Textures Take the Day
  • Don’t Forget the Details

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The Enduring Importance of Color: REHAU RAUVISIO noir™ in color

Ah, the perennial importance of color. Even as Pantone proclaimed Magenta to be the color of the year for 2023, most brands and designers lean toward more subtle colors in their designs. Pastels, when used sparingly, add understated sophistication to projects.

Cabinet finishes on the other hand, are trending toward warmer finishes such as natural oak or warm walnut. Coupled with textures that are a big trend this year, the effect is both visual and tactile. Though white remains the most popular finish, if a color is desired – blue has gained some market share – with 24% of people preferring to use blue for island cabinets.

Function, Function, Function:  REHAU RAUVISIO noir™

Whether designing for households with younger children, or multi-generations, every cabinet has an opportunity to perform double-duty. 

From toe-touch opens, to built-in trash and recycling containers, the norm now is for base cabinets to be as functional as possible. Drawers are now seen as part of command central; built-in USB ports, charging stations and interior lighting keep the work-from-home crowd productive and school-age children able to work under the watchful eyes of a parent. Sinks and countertops are multi-functional as well, providing elegant cover and creating an extra workspace.

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REHAU announces its upcoming launch of RAUVISIO noir monotonic matte surface collection in five show-stopping colors. RAUVISIO noir™ is irresistibly lush and it lays a refined foundation for opulent designs creating the perfect balance of beauty and resilience. ©REHAU

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Owners of a busy household that includes three children and two dogs wanted a clean, uncluttered look with everything hidden in their mid-century modern kitchen remodel. Cabinetry in the REHAU RAUVISIO noir™ Silver Lake monotonic matte surface provided the perfect backdrop for hiding the inner workings of the kitchen, while offering that clean and bright ambiance the homeowners desired. Behind drawers and doors, organizational features abound, from clever pull-out pantry drawers to a built-in paper towel holder. The space even offers pet features like an integrated dog kennel. ©Julian Bright  

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Countertops Bring the Drama: REHAU RAUVISIO noir™ compact

While Carrara and lighter solid surface materials will always be popular, designers were drawn to more dramatic examples – all of which are excellent counterbalances to warm neutral wood cabinets.

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With its rich, touchable matte finish and versatile, modern design, the newest application of REHAU RAUVISIO noir™ monotonic matte surface, RAUVISIO noir™ compact, evokes the compelling mystique of the film noir aesthetic. The compact 12 mm thick solid-core panel is suited for both vertical and horizontal applications, offering identical monotonic matte surfaces on both sides with a color-matched core that creates a seamless matte appearance from any angle. Forged in Italy, the refined, stylish and highly touchable material is deeply light absorbent, resilient, independent-healing and designed to resist fingerprints, chemicals, stains, water and heat. Hygienic and environmentally friendly, RAUVISIO noir compact is available in three cinematic-inspired colors. Shown here: Noir compact After Dark on horizontal surface. ©REHAU

Textures Take the Day: REHAU RAUVISIO ingrain™

Linear or horizontal, wood-grain or textiles; if there is a way to make a cabinet stand out with texture – brands are offering it and designers are swooning.

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RAUVISIO ingrain™ wood fiber laminate is incorporated into the kitchen and center wall of this residence. Curated for high contrast between the light and dark design elements, the RAUVISIO ingrain Nomad Oak 1338 surface is the focal point for depth and texture. ©REHAU

Don't Forget the Details: REHAU RAUVISIO ferro

If there is one thing designers are drawn to over and over, it’s mixing textures and finishes. Metal framing produces a dramatic feel when partnered with dark/matte black finishes. Contrasting channel finishes are a gift to kitchen designers. Leather cabinet drawer facing and of course wood and metal hardware are trending.

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Cast in refinement, REHAU RAUVISIO ferro metallic PET surface adds a spark of sophistication to any space. Shown here in Gilded Arrow, the metal-look surface is available in four cosmic colors that cover the spectrum from antiquity to modernity, echoing the historic strength and timeless beauty of metals through the ages. ® REHAU

For more inspiration and project images around the latest design trends, visit REHAU Exposure on Instagram.

Learn more about RAUVISIO HouseSM lines at http://www.na.rehau.com/surfaces

The REHAU Group develops, manufactures and markets polymer-based solutions for automotive, construction, furniture, materials, medical and industrial sectors throughout the world. The independent, family-owned group of companies operates in more than 190 locations with more than 20,000 employees. Passionate and committed, REHAU teams work each day toward the common goal of improving lives through the use of innovative, sustainable technologies: Engineering progress. Enhancing lives. 

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