For many families, the kitchen is the hub of the home, so it is important to understand how the space impacts adjacent rooms and traffic flow. Designing a new kitchen involves more than selecting cabinets and countertops. How the kitchen fits and functions within the entire home is as important to a successful design as selecting the perfect color palette.
Interested in a kitchen that will look great and function exactly how you need it to? Consider some of the latest trends in kitchen remodeling.
Kitchen Remodeling Trends
Current trends lean toward open floor plans rather than separate rooms. While this can be challenging in transforming existing homes, proper planning can help integrate these spaces. It is not necessary to strictly adhere to the style of the home, but it should blend in. For example, you wouldn’t put an ultra-modern kitchen in a traditional colonial home, but you can select finishes, styles, and materials that give it an updated, streamlined look without ignoring the character of the home.
In addition to a more open concept, today’s styling trends favor a “less is more” aesthetic. Clean, simple styling with less ornate moldings and accents offer a more streamlined design that is functional and attractive. Eliminating the more embellished decorative accents not only allows for better use of space but is also more cost-effective.
Flat panel shaker style cabinets continue to be a strong trend. The variations available can take a design style from shaker or arts and crafts to transitional and even contemporary. The shape of the outer edge, width of the styles and rail and inside edge details, as well as the finish enable this style to a fit a variety of design styles.
Granite countertops continue to be the most widely used, but quartz is gaining in popularity. It has the benefits of granite without the maintenance. Quartz also does not need to be sealed and is available in a wide range of styles that mimic real marble or granite.
Stainless steel appliances continue to be the most popular, with manufacturers coming up with better finishes that eliminate the “finger print” problem. General Electric is introducing a line of “slate” finish appliances in its Profile line and eliminating it Bisque finish.
Backsplashes are the last part of the kitchen remodeling project and offer an opportunity to really tie the entire space together. Tile is available in a variety of textures. Glossy ceramic or porcelain, natural tumbled stone, glass, and metal accents are offered in a vast array of shapes and sizes. From the most basic to elaborate, a backsplash allows you to put your personal stamp on your project.