Kitchen renovations are an excellent way to add value to a home. The kitchen has long been considered the heart of a home and good kitchen design encompasses the functional aspects (cabinets, appliances and fixtures) as well as the aesthetic — how the space makes the occupants feel. From style choices to technology, consider how these latest trends might fit into your kitchen.
Kitchen design has evolved to accommodate our growing use of technology. Charging stations for mobile devices have become a necessity. Docking stations or device holders for smartphones and tablets are useful for cooks who like to have cooking videos or online recipes accessible. Cabinets can even have wireless devices such as music speakers or televisions built-in. Appliances incorporate technology as well, such as refrigerators with touch screens, Wi-Fi connectivity and interior cameras that allow you to see what’s inside from anywhere and track which items are running low.
Two-Tone Cabinet Colors
Two-tone cabinets pair a color with wood or two contrasting colors. Colors can be split between upper and lower cabinets, perimeter cabinets and a center island, or used as an accent on certain cabinets. It’s a striking way to add interest to your kitchen design.
Bold Cabinet Colors
Are you ready to make a statement? Bold colors are replacing neutrals for greater impact and personality. Bright red, emerald green and ocean blue are just some examples.
Hardware is like jewelry for your cabinets and doors. While minimalism is a trend in cabinets and overall design, chunky hardware complements sleek lines and stands out with a vintage feel. It is the perfect finishing touch to any kitchen design.
Streamlined Designs, Materials and Textures
A trend toward modernization has led to a desire for cabinets with clean lines rather than ornate design. Simple recessed panel doors with smooth edges work with a variety of styles and allow other design elements to stand out.
Quartz and Concrete Countertops
Engineered stone combines the beauty of natural stone with durability and low maintenance. Unlike granite, quartz countertops are non-porous and don’t require re-sealing to protect the finish from stains. They also come with a warranty that is not available for natural stone. Concrete is another trending countertop option for its durability and versatility.
Appliances with New Styles and Features
Side opening or French door ovens make so much sense it’s hard to believe they taken this long to hit the market. Black stainless steel is gaining traction as a warmer, fresher take on the ubiquitous stainless steel. Where your appliances live is also changing. Built-in under cabinet microwaves, convection/steam ovens and even refrigerators free up counter space with added accessibility. Drawer appliances are also becoming popular for a clutter-free feel.
Hardwood Flooring is Still King (but Ceramic Tile and Engineered Flooring are gaining)
Natural hardwood floors have a classic beauty that will always be popular, but ceramic tile and engineered wood flooring are gaining ground. Engineered floors can be easier and more cost-effective to install.
Another surprising color choice: matte black. Appliances, fixtures and hardware in matte black are the latest way to add contrast to wood cabinets, even in more traditional-style kitchens.
Backsplashes are getting more attention with endless color choices that bring a pop of color and personality. Homeowners are moving away from small individual tiles to large subway tiles in eye-catching colors and patterns. Slabs of marble — single pieces with few breaks — are attractive for their subtle color and variation in veining. Backsplashes that continue up to the ceiling are another dramatic trend.
Better Storage Solutions
The desire to keep kitchen tools and accessories organized, out of sight and easily accessible has led to some clever innovations. Drawers conceal a multitude of tools including charging stations and cutting boards with integrated catch pans. Extra deep drawers store appliances to keep counters clear. Custom stainless steel inserts and pegged bottoms make it easy to organize utensils, spices and dishes. Cabinet shelves that pull out and slide over to access previously unusable corner space. There are many rollout options storage options as well including removable wire baskets.