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According to Maykut, kitchen design typically adheres to a set of "unwritten rules." What's new is that homeowners have begun to pick and choose which conventions to follow and which to ignore. For decades, the norm has been for upper and lower cabinets to share the same style and finish. But in 2017, Maykut anticipates increasing numbers of homeowners to favor a more varied, less homogeneous approach, with upper and lower cabinets that complement one another without strictly matching. So-called "tuxedo cabinetry" isn't for everyone, Maykut admits, but for some, the two-tone, layered look hedges against the monotonous uniformity some cabinets project.
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