Top Trends from the Oak Park – River Forest Kitchen Walk

I was lucky enough to attend the 34th annual Kitchen Walk this spring, thanks to Ted
Nourie of 8 Cubed Architecture.

This enjoyable, engaging trek featured ten stellar homes in the Oak Park – River Forest
community. Proceeds benefit New Moms, a local philanthropic organization dedicated
to supporting women throughout the transition into parenthood, cultivating tools to learn
employment skills and building strong families.

Photography is not allowed during the kitchen walk, but the link below connects to the
kitchens featured:

View The Kitchen Walk Photo Gallery

Some stand-out trends to spotlight:

Hood Ornaments: Bold, statement-making hoods decorated most kitchens, like jewels.
Prominence of width, dazzling metallic mixes and intriguing design lines made the
hoods the focal points in many kitchens.

Mesh Insets: Rich with texture, metal mesh cabinetry insets added eye-catching,
elemental interest to multiple kitchens on this tour, adding captivating warmth to

Savvy Storage: Several kitchens featured built-in hutches or Hoosier cabinets with
plenty of practical storage. This kitchen furniture provided sophisticated space definition
and appealing focal points in many of the homes.

Multi-Generational Living: A spacious banquette, multiple work stations and a
sprawling island served as gracious gathering spaces for three generations of family to
comfortably enjoy cooking and eating together.

Hidden Appliances: Custom cabinets covered the faces of most large appliances.
Microwaves, dishwashers and ice-makers were concealed in drawers. Pull-up work
stations were popular for smaller appliances and baking necessities.

Countertops: Quartzite prevailed among stone surfaces this year along with alluring
appearances by quartz, porcelain and Carrara marble. Creamy whites veining with light,
cool grays combined beautifully in several kitchens.

Cabinet Combinations: The artful blending of cabinet finishes continues. White
cabinets paired nicely along islands with wood bases in several selects home. One
home featured wood grained wall cabinets along with a deep blue island base nicely.

Aging In Place: One home was designed specifically to anticipate and accommodate
the changing needs of a couple. Wheel chair accessibility, guest quarters and roomy
gathering spaces for extended family were well crafted with thoughtful design.

The kitchen walk is always an enjoyable event, providing an inspiring glimpse into
artfully designed spaces, all for a great cause. For more information on the kitchen
walk, visit More of Ted Nourie’s work with 8 Cubed Architecture
can be seen on Houzz,