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.