That's a tough call in a kitchen. As long as you're working with natural materials--wood, stone, etc.--I think it's the design that makes it timeless. It's the use of materials, and not the materials themselves....what's a timeless tone/color/design?
2. Cherry on Top
Cherry will remain the most popular wood for kitchen cabinetry, followed closely by maple, while alder increases in use. As for the finishes placed on those cabinets, medium natural, dark natural, glazed, and white painted will all be common. Other colors of painted cabinetry and light natural finishes are in decline, however, as are distressed finishes.
But white is not common. In other forums it has been said that depending on where you are in the country white might be more popular. Many say in the New England states white still sells. In the southwest you can forget it. Whatever the case it is true many of the major cabinet manufacturers have discontinued white. However most kept some shades of off white.Jimmy, with all due respect, where do you derive your info on white as a "discontinued" item with most manufacturers? Is that for mostly stock lines, or do you rep for custom/semi-custom lines as well?
Better than half of the kitchens up for the NKBA Consumers Choice Awards are white or off-white:
We've just ordered a $40,000 KraftMaid kitchen in a white finish for a very large whole house renovation.
I think it may be better to say that "white-on-white" kitchens are an "out" trend--but there are still folks out there drawn to that look. (and I agree, that can be frustrating at times.)
There should also be a distinction made between high-end, mid-grade, and bottom tier cabinet demands. The trends for custom vs. stock kitchens are in some ways very different.
Here are the trends for 2010, as published by the NKBA: