This is the time of year when many homeowners begin thinking about remodeling their kitchens. Quite often they want some insight into the newest trends in kitchen design. Nobody wants to go through the trouble of a kitchen remodel—only to end up with a kitchen that looks dated. But it can be a bit of a challenge to accurately predict which trends will stand the test of time.
How do you tell the difference between a fad and a true trend? Here’s a look at some kitchen design trends that will continue to deliver value even when fads and the color of the year have faded.
By contrast, here’s a look some trends that really didn’t make the cut in 2017. These are elements you’ll want to steer clear of when planning your remodeled kitchen.
Distressed-Look Cabinet Finishes
Fans of country style kitchens have long favored cabinets with a distressed look, but that appears to have run its course. Instead of looking “charming” distressed cabinets tend to look dated these days. Simple and modern seems to be the current trend.
Desks In The Kitchen
There was a time when having a desktop workspace in the kitchen was considered almost a must. Recipes where on the computer and homeowners needed a place for that. Along came tablets and smart phones (which don’t require a dedicated space). Plus, desks tend to get cluttered with papers and nobody wants that in the kitchen.
Microwaves Over The Range Top
This trend probably harkens back to those single-unit oven/stove/microwave appliances from years ago. Today’s homeowners prefer to clean up the look of the kitchen by placing microwaves (which still get a lot of use) into drawers and under-the-counter nooks.
Kitchen Appliance Colors
OK, we’ll take one quick look forward! While general color palettes for the kitchen are trending toward whites and off-whites, it’s a different story when it comes to appliances. Appliances in shades of gray, black and slate are increasing in popularity—in part because they contrast (nicely) with whites. They also echo the trend toward sleek, modern looks in today’s kitchens. Has stainless steel finally met its match? That still remains to be seen.
Dark Kitchen Colors
According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, homeowners still prefer the light look and feel of whites and shades of gray to dark woods and paints. That doesn’t mean you can’t use a bold color or rich wood as an accent. The general trend, however, is toward bright, welcoming kitchens.
Let be add a caveat here. It would be wrong to say that granite is “out.” Granite countertops are still extremely popular—and durable. If you still love granite, using that as a material for your countertops isn’t going to make your home look terribly outdated. Quartz has become the new favorite for kitchen counters. So it may be worthwhile taking a look at quartz when considering new counters.
Soffits and Small Upper CabinetsSome kitchens have soffits that extend down from the ceiling. Unfortunately, these soffits restrict the height of upper kitchen cabinets. The trend today is for taller kitchen cabinets that extend all the way to the ceiling. Not only do these taller upper cabinets visually extend the look of your kitchen (giving it the feel and appearance of more space), but they also provide additional storage space—something that's always appreciated in the kitchen. On top of that, kitchens with short upper cabinets simply look dated.
It’s important to remember that regardless of what the trends are, your kitchen needs to fit your personality, sense of style, and lifestyle. Here’s a helpful post that talks about creating a kitchen that’s ideal for you—rather than following someone else’s lead.
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