So what’s trending in kitchen design? The kitchen has become important. Not too long ago, kitchens were hidden in the back of the house. But now they are the focal point of the home.
Cabinet Kitchen Design Trends
As more and more time is spent in the kitchen. Kitchens have become open to the rest of the living areas. Therefore, people are looking for a kitchen that works well with the style and mood of the rest of their homes. Kitchen cabinets are trending toward a transitional design style. With floating shelves and no upper cabinets. This gives the look of clean openness for displaying cookware, dishes, glasses,etc.
Gray and White Kitchen Design
Trending in cabinet color are white and gray. They come in as the top color choices. Also, is mixing colors in the kitchen. Navy blue islands with white or gray cabinets in the perimeter of the design.
The trend in countertops is marble, quartz, or quartzite. However, granite is trending down with quartz being the number one hard surfaces used in kitchens. Quartz is a man-made product. Made from quartzite, binders, and pigments. The color and styles are endless. The durability of quartz is noted as scratch-resistant, non-porous, LEED, low emitting, and 2 x harder than granite.
Another natural stone, quartzite, mined from the earth. It has the look of natural marble. However, the beautiful variations in this stone along with the durability makes quartzite stone highly prized in upscale kitchens.
Backsplashes we are seeing are in the same material as the countertops. But the most timeless trend is subway tiles. They come in every shape, size, and color.
Kitchen Design Layouts
The layout of kitchens are changing too. Therefore, some trends we are seeing is adding a second or third island. For instance, one for food prep, one for sitting and one for baking or rolling out dough. Adding a butlers pantry or surrey kitchen, to hide the messier parts of food prep. For instance, the mixer, blender, toaster, coffee maker, and dishwasher would be tucked out of sight.
When designing a kitchen we suggest to clients that they add a beverage station. Like a coffee bar or wine bar. Or add a second smaller refrigeration area for cold drinks and ice. Perfect for entertaining or when a guest arrives. Some other trends are pocket doors leading to the kitchen.
In conclusion, kitchen design trends include levers on the faucets for easy on/ off. LED lighting inside cabinets. Also, see our blog on “Enough lighting in each room in your home”. In addition, the use of natural light as in adding windows. Built-in coffee systems. Integrated appliances for easy updating to your iPhone. Under counter appliances for a cleaner look in the kitchen design. And finally outdoor kitchens.
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