5 Most Important
Kitchen Design Trends
1. Classic Style Design –one that you won’t grow tired of in 5 years!
Neutral Colors in charcoal, greys, black stainless appliances, wood tones,
larger granite designs continue to dominate
Hidden range hoods and Well-lit Cabinetry: offer highlight on details.
Texture-on-texture contrast: with natural wood married with paint adds flare and uniqueness
Integrated kitchen-living spaces but not so open to create noise running through the home.
Simple and functional - Modern style
Smart Spaces: convenient tilt down trays, soft close drawers, built-in usb ports and laptop nooks, tray dividers, pull out pantry shelves. Stream-lined kitchens continue to be popular in higher markets as well as in the country, with painted cabinets, natural wood, casual family friendly styles that make everyone comfortable. Even in older homes, walls are being transformed to create greater ease in conversation and family bistro-style flex spaces that we see in marketplaces such as coffee shops.
Simple ways to improve the sink area, the star of the kitchen, is to trade out for updated faucets and tops.
Update knobs: New trends in golden tones such as Gold Satin and Brushed Bronze have arrived while the Brushed Nickel and Oil Rubbed Bronze continue to be popular.
2. Bold Contrast -Especially at the countertop
Will create strong horizontal lines and broaden the feel of kitchen
3. Introduce Wow Factor.
Combining bold accents with neutral finishes of cabinetry, countertops and flooring is a simple way to create a unique look. White painted combined with wood cabinetry and accents creates some interest and relief from the all white kitchen. Gray tones in stains and paint are being combined with natural wood as well. Natural textures, and the appreciation of nature come out in wood choices, and today’s market provides exciting quartz tops with minimal design.
Stainless Steel and Black Stainless Steel appliances surge as well as built-in appliances hidden with wood fronts.
Satin Black and gold or bronze accents continue to dominate while wild wall paint is out. The market tends towards natural earth-toned colors.
Matching window trim and interior doors improves eye appeal.
4. Efficient Work Space in the Hub of the House
Homeowners still need a good “Work Triangle” in their most used spaces: at sink, range, refrigerator,dishwasher, work counter etc. Today’s higher interest in healthier cooking or specialty cooking with guests requires a kitchen that can conform to different pressures. Will the kitchen require single or multiple cooks? Will it need space for entertaining or a private retreat, or even utilize a nook for a small office with a computer station?
5. Traffic Flow Considerations. Who is using Kitchen, Who is coming and going?
Will you be hosting, will you need counter seating, do you have a separate dining area?
Open floor plans continue to be the trend, convenient to large group settings, yet keeping the clean up area contained. Openness to garden exterior views, or using specialty glass where the view is not, still continues to interest homeowners.
6. Function is Beauty.
We all want a balance in aesthetics and function. How is that achieved? Our Planning Specialist provide balance in the number and shape of cabinet doors, and empty space. Innovation provides practical ways to make the most efficient use of your space, corners, pantry, trash, recycling, yet putting those into a Beautiful Design. Organizing options include storage systems, roll out shelving, cutlery, or bulk food storage, menu organizers, specialty appliance storage, and coffee stations.
Ample lighting is provided with under counter lighting and built in LED lights. LED lighting is much more efficient, for example using 9 w bulb provides as much light as a 100 w bulb!! Multiply that times the number of bulbs you have in your kitchen or home, and you have a lot of savings by updating your fixtures. Ask about efficient appliances as well.
7. The Green Market pushes for more efficient appliances, and companies that keep the Earth in mind.
Smart Technology increases efficiency and kitchen investments almost always pays off. We encourage LED lighting to save on energy. We have energy star rated appliances, Energy star rated windows and doors that are made to hold the winter heat in and the summer hot air out can save a lot of waste in heating and cooling.
We also have smart connected appliances to your phone so you can double check to see if your dishes are getting clean and your meal is being prepared, or your oven is shut off after you have left.
Even check your refrigerator for your grocery list!