Supply Trends: 2015 Wood Industry Almanac

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click image to zoomArauco-textureArauco North AmericaTextured surfaces, which offer the look and feel of wood, continue to be incredibly popular with consumers. Panel manufacturers are steadily developing melamine and laminates that feature the deep grains found in real wood. This offers architectural millwork shops, designers, cabinetmakers and architects expanded array options essential for contemporary designs. New advances in wood manufacturing supplies are largely determined by consumer design trends. Even functional supplies like adhesives, hinges, edgebands and fasteners are impacted by the latest design developments because their performance is crucial in achieving the customer's desired look.

According to a survey by Norcraft Cabinetry, a few of the top design trends in 2014 included the use of kitchen islands as tables and cabinetry as furniture pieces. Other trends were straight wall layouts with large islands, floor-to-ceiling cabinetry, drawer storage and working zones for cooking, prep and clean up.

LED Lighting was used not only under the cabinets but also at the toe kick area to light up floor space. Organization was a big desire for kitchen cabinetry, with larger drawers used for plate and cup storage, mixer shelves for heavier pieces of equipment, tray dividers for those smaller spaces and knife drawer inserts for top drawers.

The 2014 National Kitchen & Bath Association Design Trends survey forecast trends of contemporary kitchen designs with simple lines, storage and special compartments for electronics and pets.

According to the survey, a number of features in demand

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