How do you make your kitchen look more expensive? Ribbed and 3D doors in interior trends

Kitchens with ribbed doors – the elegant trend of 2022

Ribbed or slatted, or sometimes embossed, doors did not appear in modern kitchen designs last year. They became popular about 5 years ago in Western Europe and are now becoming one of the most popular decorative elements in our homes. Echoing the pattern of wooden slats or the exterior finish of Scandinavian country houses, these uncomplicated doors are now confidently making their way into the trends of 2023, attracting more and more buyers and designers. Let’s find out what makes them so valuable and desirable in modern kitchen designs.

Lines – a sign of style

In interior design, lines take precedence: they structure a space, give it a certain style and set a specific mood. Linearity may nowadays seem to be defined solely as a synonym for order and restraint. Proof of this can be seen in today’s most popular kitchens: minimalist, with plain, smooth fronts, simple geometries and nothing extraneous. Such interiors soon start to feel hollow and boring and it’s no wonder then that a minimalist element has emerged, capable of complimenting a kitchen without drastic shape changes or rearrangements.
Lines and textures in relief are not an innovation of our century; like many well-known phenomena, they have their origins in the recent past. And there’s nothing surprising about that. Returns to 20th century trends are not only characteristic of the world of high fashion, they are also much needed in architecture and interiors. The Art Deco style, which gained popularity in the 1930s, borrowed heavily from straight lines and geometric shapes to decorate luxury rooms and kitchens. It juxtaposed Art Nouveau and Neoclassicism, became a reflection of trends in art and was intended to emphasise the wealth of a certain class of people. Today, not only Art Deco, but to a greater extent Scandinavian minimalism and technological modernism integrate new elements, which help to break up the monolithic structures. Ribbed fronts are the icing on the cake, making the picture a masterpiece. With their variety of forms and colour options, they fit in perfectly with any project and bring a new feel to it.
Vertical lines draw the space upwards and create an emotional lift, giving the room an air of importance similar to columns in classical architecture. Horizontal lines widen the space, give a sense of tranquillity and help to make an object stand out from the rest (such as a kitchen island). Diagonal – “activates” the room, makes it more expressive and uplifts the mood. Various combinations between the above patterns are possible.
Ribbed fronts in modern kitchens can be made in imitation wood or with a range of bold colour schemes, making it possible to choose a set in the desired colour scheme more often. Companies, following the trend, are producing highly sought-after white kitchens with fluted fronts as well as using a variety of rich and soft shades.

Materials used for the creation of ribbed doors

When choosing a quality kitchen, we pay great attention to the finishes on which the appearance of our kitchen depends. Fluted fronts are mostly veneered, painted or PET-film coated surfaces. As you know, veneer is good at repeating the texture of the tree, so the product does not warp and does not cause problems during use – it does not delaminate, does not swell, and is easy to repair. Painted fronts are coated with a protective layer of glossy or matt lacquer, which makes them resistant to moisture damage, odourless and, increasingly, sunlight-neutral. What to say about the wide range of colours they come in. PET is less frequently used in premium kitchen finishes, but it is a durable material that is extremely heat-resistant, almost gas-proof and gives the surfaces a unique shine.
Melamine can also be added to the above-mentioned materials. A synthetic coating that is highly durable, resistant to scratches, impact, chemicals and heat, and perfectly replicates the characteristics of other materials – lacquered coatings, laminate, Fenix plastic and, of course, wood veneer. As melamine coatings are considerably inferior to the latter in price, it is a good deal for those who want to see a lot of fluted fronts in their kitchen. An example of the use of melamine with a wood effect is the Sign kitchen from Ernestomeda.

Kitchen collections with ribbed doors

If you’re looking for a kitchen that will be truly in fashion in 2023, take a look at the following designs from our manufacturers.

Lines, shapes and geometry were the guiding principles behind the Pure Glam kitchen by Aster Cucine. From the name of the model it can be seen that the design aims to satisfy those customers who above all value refinement of forms and external gloss, who want to feel their adherence to fashionable trends. The fluted fronts with different patterns here help to achieve that very pure glamour effect.
The search for new finishes and colour combinations was a major factor in the development of Scavolini’s Musa project. The manufacturers have sought to expand the choice of lacquered surfaces, glass fronts and veneered panels (including fluted ones) to suit every customer’s taste and needs. The kitchen is versatile and innovative.

The Natural kitchens of Stosa Cucine rely heavily on the combination of wood and other materials in their designs. The veneered slatted panels with a lath pattern are present in this model as a small element, for example, framing the perimeter of an island or decorating the upper fronts. Designed with Evolution System.

The manufacturer Old Line has its own idea of glamour, which is beautifully expressed in the Glamour kitchen. In this project, you can see the craftsmanship of Italian cabinetmakers, the desire to recreate the Art Deco style, and an incredibly technological approach to detail. It’s hard to imagine this model without fluted fronts and wooden coverings with different linear patterns. A kitchen for those who are looking for a certain cosiness in high style.

The epitome of linearity can be seen in the kitchen project Chloe by FM Bottega d’Arte. The unmistakable interference of the architectural classic style with a modern technological space, a combination of tinted wood and bronze inserts, gives this model a completely majestic character. The fronts are rounded and integrate with the rest of the furniture in a rather unusual way, creating an “embrace” effect according to the manufacturers. Here the fluting is not an additional element, but an element without which the final effect could not be achieved.

Tips for designing kitchen cabinets

One of the most favourable factors when choosing fluted façades is the number of options they present. This, and the fact that they don’t require a total rearrangement of your taste or jumping into the deep abyss of all sorts of current trends, allows them to be tailored to absolutely any style. Painted, lacquered, matt or glossy, in wood or wood effect, with vertical or horizontal lines, with diagonal lines, with v-shaped fluting, with imitation reed or slatted house fronts – a huge range of variations to suit all contemporary style needs.
Textured fronts give depth to the space and create a certain intrigue in the design of any kitchen, so you need to calculate the dosage of each of the finishes if you want to maintain that intrigue. Determine for yourself the degree of embossing that is possible, remembering that textured fronts can be either small inserts or completely cover the kitchen furniture. If you decide to texture the cupboard doors, it is best to be guided by the interior style of your home or kitchen, be it minimalist, country or modern.
Remember that texture is not just about physical properties such as ribbing, roughness or smoothness, it also affects the perception of colour. In neutral kitchens, textured fronts on an island or hood will break up the drab surrounds by focusing your eye on a certain point in the room. In this case, the finish of the two pieces may be limited.
A great solution would be to use natural colour variations between the different components of the kitchen set, as the contrasting properties of the fluting are inherently present. One of the most obvious combinations today is wood and stone, a harmonious eco-combination that brings our interiors closer to natural simplicity. You can choose worktops made from natural materials such as granite and marble, slate or concrete, while the top and floor fronts, for example, can be ordered in oak veneer. Especially in combination with concrete worktops, wood fluted fronts will give your kitchen a modern look, although this is far from a panacea, because the textured relief will be appropriate for absolutely any style.
Consider the scale and height of the ceilings when choosing a line pattern for the fronts. Vertical lines pull the space upwards, horizontal lines will visually “flatten” a low kitchen. Diagonal and other geometric features are often necessary where you want motion and dynamics.
If you’re looking to buy a trend kitchen, we’d certainly recommend that you talk to our Kitchen Design team, who can create a dream project just the way you want it. They know exactly where and how to place the right accents to keep style, space and, of course, all your needs in mind.

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How much do ribbed doors cost?

Ribbed doors are generally 2 to 3 times more expensive than conventional fronts, but the fact that the number of them that are usually placed in kitchen projects has almost no effect on the final cost of the unit is worth considering. What's more, you're sure to appreciate the extraordinary effect that fluted fronts will have on the design and overall feel of your kitchen.

How do I look after ribbed fronts?

Care is largely determined by the material of which your facades are made, so you won't notice much difference between cleaning smooth and fluted surfaces. The only difference is that cleaning time may increase slightly due to the need to clean between the ridges:

  • If it is a wood veneer, wipe regularly with a soft cotton cloth with a minimum amount of moisture; if heavily soiled, use a soap solution and be sure to wipe the surface dry after treating it; Use antistatic agents to prevent dust deposits and wax or silicon based products to improve resistance to moisture and gloss; avoid contact with chemicals such as acetone, thinner, chlorine, alcohol and do not use sodium or other abrasive powders as they can scratch the surface of the facades.
  • For painted and lacquered surfaces we recommend using universal wet wipes for everyday maintenance; to remove dirt you can use the same soapy water and non-abrasive cleaning products, glass cleaner is also suitable; after washing make sure you dry the surface with a microfibre cloth.
  • It is also recommended to remove stains on facades coated with PET film using a soapy solution and a soft cloth; no abrasive cleaning agents, bleach or oxidants and, more importantly, no waxes or polishes should be used.
    Melamine finishes should preferably be cared for in the same way as the above-mentioned materials.

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