Kitchen has become an integral part of home design now. It is no longer just a place hidden in the back of the house for utilitarian purposes. Kitchen design now takes up forefront importance as it is the most versatile part of the house where you can enjoy your passion of cooking, entertain guests, share meals and also be the jewel in the crown.
When you want to have a change in the home design, just remodeling kitchen can bring out a dramatic change. New kitchen designs or even remodeling integrates all the new trends and technology to help your lifestyle. It is no surprise that home buyers have a priority of latest kitchen design trend when they are looking at houses. If you are one of those who is looking for an upgrade in the kitchen design or even looking out for your dream kitchen, here are few trends that are popular now.
1. Kitchen Cabinets - Dark colors
You may have been noticing the rise in dark colors in interiors. It seems to be moving towards the kitchen as well. Painted finish on the cabinets is the ongoing trend with popularity in grey, dark navy blue and dark emerald green colors. These rich colors definitely add a dramatic and luxurious feel.
2. Kitchen Countertops - White quartz
White-colored countertops are dominating. And in white, quartz is getting prominence. Granite countertops are definitely fading out. The clean, minimal look of quartz is replacing the particulate appearance. If you are debating between granite and quartz, this HGTV article will give you more details on the difference and may help you with the decision. But if you are considering quartz and want to get in-depth information about what exactly it is and the options, Ashley shares her experience and knowledge about quartz countertops. Quartz also brings out a luxury finish especially with the vein options now available in the market.
3. Backsplash - Patterned or colored
Creativity has not stopped when it comes to backsplash. Backsplash tiles have now moved on from its primary purpose of protecting the wall from liquids. Backsplash tiles are now focal points of design as well. And there seem to be countless choices! Depending on the color scheme of the kitchen or colors of the cabinetry, backsplash tiles take their form.
Some of the popular choices now are
- Moroccan inspired patterned tiles.
- Dark-colored tiles.
- Quartz/marble veined stone.
- Subway styled tiles.
- Fish scales tiles.
- Herringbone tiles.
- Unfinished edge style.
4. Modern Farmhouse - Use of wood & Apron sink
Modern Farmhouse style is definitely popular currently. The design raised in popularity with ‘Farmhouse dining’ with the increase in everything organic and farm to table approach. Naturally, the farmhouse style in the kitchen is also widely in demand. You can read more on Modern Farmhouse style here or one of my previous entries which explores Farmhouse Living Room.
With the rise in popularity of Modern Farmhouse style, the use of wooden texture in the kitchen is also rising. We can see the use of wood either sparingly on some elements of the kitchen or extensively used on cabinets to highlight the wooden texture.
An addition to this style is Apron styled sink. The apron sink style has a vintage look, charm and also the functionality of modern times. An advantage of Apron styled sinks is that if water drips or splashes, the damages to the cabinets are avoided. There is definitely more to apron sinks, which you can read more at The Flooring Girl, where the author has described more about apron sinks and advice on selecting the right ones.
5. Patterns - Backsplash, Island or Flooring
Minimalism which was at its peak in the last few years seems to be slowly fading out. We are seeing many designs with a bit of pattern used, either on walls or flooring or even wall arts. Also, there is a rise in maximalism where designers are exploring mixing colors and patterns and creating some beautiful wonderlands.
The trend follows in kitchen design as well. We are seeing patterns on flooring, backsplashes or even kitchen flooring. The patterns range from simple geometric patterns to heavy Moroccan inspired patterns. Done with restraint, the patterns can give a great focal point all the while blending in with the design.
6. Metals - Hardware and Lighting
While the use of wood and ceramic tiles is big, metals also are taking a spot. We can see the use of metals in lighting (Industrial or Farmhouse style), kitchen hardware and also kitchen stove & hoods. We can add a glamorous look to the style by adding some bling in the kitchen!
7. Open Shelves
If you are one of the highly organized people, then good news for you, you can now proudly show your organized kitchenware on open shelves and be trendy! This might just help in decluttering and help in keeping everything simple and clean. You can definitely play around with this idea by using glass shelves, wood, and metal, floating shelves or two-toned colors.
Kitchen is one of the important areas in Interior design. There are kitchen design firms dedicated to just get this area right. Many details are involved in designing a smart, beautiful and functional kitchen. I hope this segment helps you in understanding some parts of the design that makes you say ‘wow!’ at first glance. If you think I have failed to mention some of the ongoing trends or have ideas about your unique approach to kitchen design, do share with us.