Amber Wikstrom

Cabinetry Designer | Gem Cabinets

Hey, I’m Amber and I work with Gem Cabinets as part of the designQ team. I work with clients and the showhome designers to help them design their kitchens and anywhere else in the home where there is cabinetry. 

 What is your favorite CURRENT design trend, and why?


In a strong contrast to the white interiors that we’ve been seeing for the past couple of years, black is making a strong comeback. Although black has never really gone away, I am loving how homeowners are becoming more confident by choosing black cabinets for their kitchen. This can be paired with lighter walls, blacksplash and countertop for a high-contrast sophisticated look..

What is your favorite PAST design trend, and why?

Inspired by my recent trip to Pairs, the Art Nouveau style is my favorite past design trend. This design movement takes a lot of its inspiration from nature with the use of curved organic lines and floral motifs. It spread the idea of art and design as part of everyday life. 

What do you like most about working at design Q?

It is fun coming to work every day with like-minded people. I am happy to call everyone at Design Q my work family! 

What is your favorite room in a home, and why?

Kitchens of course! I based my whole career around designing kitchens because I believe that it is the most important space in a home. It is a gathering place for friends, families and is the most utilized room in the home.

Describe your dream vacation.

Anywhere where I can be surrounded by beautiful design and architecture, whether it is new or historic. Some places on my bucket list are Tel Aviv, Barcelona and Moscow.

What advice would you give a client when selecting their interior options?

Stick with your instincts and don’t second guess yourself. If you’re having trouble, find one item that you love (cabinets, flooring, blacksplash etc.) and start pairing the rest of your selections around that.