At this time of year homeowners thinking about remodeling their kitchens often want some insight into the newest trends. While keeping your kitchen current is certainly desirable, it’s always a bit of a challenge to accurately predict which trends will stand the test of time.
Sometimes the best way to plan for the future is to take a look back to see trends that are no longer trendy—and to steer clear of those. Here are a few trends that have tumbled from popularity.
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.
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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