Sometimes it’s hard to tell if you’re looking at a new trend or one that has simply come back around again. That’s a bit the way we feel when we look at what’s going on with kitchen remodeling these days. As design-build remodelers, we’re seeing an increased popularity in three design elements that we thought might be helpful to pass along in case you’re considering a remodel of your Bonita Springs kitchen.
Furniture Style Designs
This trend (which we’d seen prior to 2008) is yet another affirmation that the kitchen is the hub of the home. We know that the kitchen is a popular place to congregate—for families and for guests. What this trend highlights is using different elements of the kitchen to show off pieces of beautiful furniture. So not only is an area functional—it’s also beautiful. You (and your guests) can enjoy looking at a table or chopping block, in addition to finding it easy to use. This allows you to bring your own personal, warm, welcoming touch to the space. As an example, an island can be raised up on legs, or have intricate paneling, and even contrasting top and sides. Who says your island has to match everything else in your kitchen?
Again, we’ve seen this before, but airy, open shelving that’s user-friendly is definitely making a comeback. Once again, we’re seeing the marriage of form and function—with an emphasis on function. Going with open shelving creates a casual, informal style that’s warm and friendly—and helps make your kitchen easier to use. This doesn’t mean that you have to abandon closed cabinetry altogether. You’ll still use closed cabinets to store kitchen items that you don’t want to put on display.
Modern Traditional Style
There seems to be a move away from the ultra sleek, contemporary high gloss kitchen. The modern/traditional style combines is (surprise!) a blend of modern and traditional. It gives you a fresh, clean, contemporary look without sacrificing warmth and comfort. One example is that flat panel doors are replacing classic door profiles (such as a Shaker style). We’re also seeing designers and homeowners mix materials such as stainless steel and wood, or wood and marble—combinations we aren’t used to seeing. Glass? That appears to be on it’s way out. Instead you’ll find traditional style and charm with combinations such as tile with black accents. Oh, and pewter and brushed nickel are both back.
Bonus Trend: Black is Back
This is one trend that maybe isn’t a return to something we’ve seen before. Homeowners have been a little hesitant to use black in the kitchen before but it’s definitely an up-and-coming color in kitchen design right now. Black can make a strong statement if used properly (so that it doesn’t overwhelm). Black countertops, or black accent countertop are one way to make a bold design statement. And remember that island we talked about earlier? Accenting your island with black cabinets can create a stunning look. By the way, here are some great shots of a kitchen (in Toronto) that give you a good look at one way “black is back.”
Those are just a few of the trends we’re seeing—and watching. Call us at 239-325-1606, and we’ll be delighted to help you create the perfect kitchen for your Bonita Springs, or Naples kitchen!