Kitchens renovations are not inexpensive; they’re a long-term investment for most homeowners. While kitchen design trends tend to be slower to change than general interior design, there are always some refreshing new looks that are worth considering. Here’s a look at what’s trending in kitchen design.
Modern Traditional Style
Combining modern and traditional elements in kitchen design is a big look. Many homeowners are shunning ultra-sleek, contemporary kitchens in favor of spaces that are cozy and warm, and reflective of their personal styles.
This inviting transitional kitchen by Columbia Interior Designers & Decorators Tbektu Design + Development, LLC incorporates modern and traditional elements for a look that’s both modern and homey.
With more and more baby boomers wanting to age in place, the principles of universal design (designing space with aging users in mind) have really taken off. Drawer appliances such as microwaves, dishwashers and refrigerators are smart design in addition to allowing easy access for those with limited mobility. Faucets with motion sensors and handles on doors (instead of knobs) are also important universal design elements that are trending.
Natural Walls & Ceilings
Kitchens are embracing natural, raw materials in place of drywall and we’re seeing walls showing up in brick veneer, concrete and reclaimed wood, along with tongue and groove, wood plank and exposed beam ceilings.
Island Countertops as a Style Statement
The kitchen island is a must-have. This is where people gather, eat, visit and share, and it’s typically the first thing a guest notices when they enter your kitchen. You’ll want to make it something stylish and chic, something to talk about! Still popular, timeless granite-topped islands are high on the list for being beautiful, durable and easy to clean. And marble is definitely having a moment in kitchen design. Whether honed or polished, elegant marble is popping up in kitchens everywhere. (Check out our article here on what to expect with marble in the kitchen)
With the trend for natural materials strong, wood flooring continues to migrate to the kitchen, and plank preferences are getting wider. Dark wood flooring has remained strong, but medium to light wood flooring, often in off-whites to warm grays, are gaining in popularity for kitchens.
While chrome, nickel and stainless steel have been the reigning kitchen metals for some time, warm metals like brass, aged gold, copper and bronze have become the hot metals to have. These modern, warm finishes are showing up everywhere in kitchens: taps, sinks, range hoods, hardware, light fixtures, even bar stools. Mixing metals is also becoming increasingly popular.
Furniture-Style Design Features
As open kitchen design continues to rule, furniture style cabinetry and other elements have become a popular way to integrate the kitchen to your home’s overall style. The designs available celebrate the different elements of the kitchen as pieces of beautiful furniture, not just workstations.
Though kitchen cabinets have their place, open shelving is a rapidly growing trend. It’s fashionable to display almost everything – people want to show off their fancy cookery and crockery, and open shelving is the best way to do just that. It’s a great look and makes finding your things much easier, to boot.
Jewel Tone Cabinets
If you are tired of white, cream or stained cabinetry, this is your time to shine. Designers are dressing up kitchens with custom cabinetry painted in rich jewel tones like sapphire, emerald and ruby, accented with gleaming brass and chrome. For extra drama and light-reflecting sparkle, use a high gloss paint.
For classic, timeless design that reflects your personal style, Prestige Marble and Granite offers a wide array of premium stone countertops, including rare and exotic varieties for making a one-of-a-kind statement. Custom fabricated from nature’s finest materials, a natural stone countertop from Prestige Marble and Granite will give your guests something to talk about!