6 Millwork and Cabinetry Trends to Watch in 2022

This blog was contributed by REHAU.

Leesburg, VAREHAU, the premium worldwide brand for millwork and cabinetry, notes six key trends to consider for interior design, especially for kitchens and living spaces. These include refined metals, functional art, connections to nature, bold matte finishes, sleek industrial looks and built-ins for pets.

Authentically Refined Metal Works 

Metal has become a staple in modern design, moving from being seen mainly in commercial spaces to making frequent appearances in residential environments. The versatility of metal has made it a popular option in the home. REHAU RAUVISIO ferroTM metallic PET surface in Aegean Anchor brings an authentic metal look into this kitchen, offering a high-end, durable and soft-to-touch finish. Now you can use the rich history of metals to add elegant, timeless finishes into your spaces.

Functional Art – Sophisticated Shine, Easy Care 

Customize a space in your kitchen with dry-erase or chalk notes. REHAU RAUVISIO crystalTM acrylic surface is available in a high-gloss, UV-resistant finish that features intense reflectivity and a matte option, both of which are impact- and scratch-resistant. Artwork is easy to clean with microfiber towels, restoring the surface to its original high-gloss or matte finish.

Connected to Nature

For this home remodel in Irvine, Calif., the Orduna family knew they needed a durable surface that could stand up to high traffic and children, while being easy to maintain and clean. Doug Cooper of Douglas Cabinet Design knew immediately that REHAU RAUVISIO terraTM soft, textured HPL surface was the perfect material for the job. The richly textured wood look and soft feel of the surface enhanced the effect of “bringing the outdoors in” for the family.

Bold Matte Finishes

Chic and modern, matte finishes work well with other elements in the kitchen and can add a pop of color to a design. Matte also offers the bonus of minimizing the appearance of dirt, fingerprints and smudges, while providing durability and a soft touch, elegant finish. Homeowners Kevin and Niki Kloosterman wanted to create a spectacular kitchen for their new-build home that would incorporate a contemporary, European-style aesthetic, durable, easy-care materials and a black matte color scheme – all of which meshed perfectly with the REHAU RAUVISIO noirTM monotonic matte surface in After Dark.

Industrial Sleek

With smaller spaces in the work environment and sleeker, more practical design trends in retail and commercial spaces, REHAU tambour door systems offer a streamlined look combined with functionality and additional storage. Offered for horizontal and vertical applications and in a wide variety of design options, tambour doors fit the tightest of spaces.

Built-Ins for Pets

A dog kennel is built into the modern frameless cabinetry in the laundry room/pantry adjacent to the kitchen of this mid-century modern home in Tampa Bay, Fla. For the cabinetry throughout this kitchen remodel, Owner Michael Bright of Bright Wood Works recommended the monotonic matte surface RAUVISIO noirTM Silver Lake for its timeless beauty and durability.


REHAU is the premium worldwide brand for polymer-based innovations and systems in construction, automotive and industry. The company generates continuous growth through its expertise and innovative capabilities in materials development, systems design and surface technology. Approximately 20,000 employees at more than 170 locations around the world ensure success of the independent, privately held company.

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