Regenerating the Heart of Your Home: Current Kitchen Trends
Whether you are a culinary aficionado or social butterfly or a busy parent, the kitchen is likely one of the most popular rooms in your home. Remodeling the heart of your home and social hotspot can seem like a perplexing, time-consuming, and expensive process. But kitchen projects do not have to be stressful when you have the right help and know what to do.
Planning is a MUST before you begin anything else and that is where we can help. We tapped our own interior design and renovation experts for advice on the best kitchen renovating practices — the result is a compilation of remodeling and decor ideas, from innovative appliances to budget-friendly islands and charming breakfast nooks.
The Best enCounters (and it’s not granite)
Although granite counters were a mainstay of the 90s and 2000s, this particular material is slowly losing its popularity in favor of less dated and easier-to-care-for options. Part of the reason that homeowners are beginning to steer away from granite is the porous surface makes it easy for bacteria to collect and grow if the counters are not adequately cared for.
Neolith is one such replacement to the porous and expensive granite — it is considered virtually indestructible as it produces a harder surface. The only slight drawback to Neolith is that it is slightly priced higher and requires skilled fabricators and installers.
Out with White (for kitchens) & In with Color (and Depth)
While there is no denying the timeless appeal of an ultra-bright white kitchen, so many other rich and colorful alternatives exist to give your kitchen a more elegant and modern appeal. Additionally, white kitchens are much harder to maintain and keep clean on a daily basis.
Instead of white, you may consider a moodier tone for your kitchen with alluring and unexpected color to create a richer and more nuanced look — perhaps dark and dramatic greens or earthier shades like terracotta. Darker, more moodier-hued kitchens add a sense of elegance to any home and are easier to manage.
Who doesn’t love the slick touch of matte finishes? Matte cabinetry and appliances are gaining popularity in design showrooms for a number of reasons — most notably, this material is both attractive and easy to care for. Matte finish for kitchens is not going out of style anytime soon thanks to its forever-cool allure.
Go on the Grid (& also printed tiles)
As current style trends continue to call for clean, symmetrical straight lines, grid motifs give a light, colorful nod to industrial styling everywhere with depth in texture, pattern, and color.
You may also choose to add an exotic note to your kitchen decor with intricately patterned Spanish and Moroccan inspired tiles and backsplashes for a much more substantial visual impact.
Mixing It Up
Take the bold approach with your kitchen – try unexpected juxtapositions from cabinets to flooring to create a memorable, personalized mix. Not only is the style exclusive to your home, but it also won’t keep you trapped in one definitive design direction. Consider exploring expressive kitchen furniture with the freedom to experiment while adding a sense of play throughout.
End of the Steel Era (but hello to color!)
Like any good interior design trend, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. This has been the case with stainless steel in kitchens – so much of it is everywhere. Maybe it is time to bid adieu to stainless steel appliances, fixtures, and finishes.
Instead of silver, turn your attention to pieces in simpler neutral tones or colorful and patterned elements for the ultimate in conversation starting statements. Even though stove ranges and hoods can be a substantial investment, the added splash of color can enhance your kitchen so much (and enhance the value of your home).
Embrace the Warmth of Hygge
Less can truly be more in your kitchen when you focus on creating a cozy atmosphere and remove some of the common clutter from your counters with upgrades designed to add more space for prep time and storage solutions.
The Danish concept of Hygge centers around cozy contentment and enjoying the simple things of life. Create a kitchen that allows more social interaction with cooking and eating with the area free of clutter.
Think Minimal for a Big Effect
For a modern contemporary home, consider updating your kitchen with clean-lined cabinetry that eliminates older/heavy finishes. Go for timeless straight lines to echo the pared back vibe throughout your decidedly minimal home.