According to an article in “Professional Remodelers” by Editor in Chief Tim, kitchen trends include cabinetry being considered furniture; the emergence of the gray palette, quartz counter tops coming into their own, and the creative use of glass, ceramic and metal for back splashes.
Cabinetry matters. Since the kitchen is now more of a gathering space, cabinets are no longer relegated to the background but are an important part of the socializing atmosphere. Therefore, treat it like a piece of furniture. If you are considering remodeling, think long term styling and design with great function. If you are opting for a kitchen face-lift, consider the options of replacing just the cabinet doors, or utilizing a fresh stain or paint. White, off-white and gray cabinets are still the top choice although darker woods, even mixing wood shades (usually with the island being darker wood than the rest) also work well.
Try gray. Walls and cabinets have gone gray which is a great neutral energy color backdrop for showing off appliances, a patterned granite counter top or home decor accessories. With the kitchen becoming the social hub of the home, decorating the kitchen to incorporate it into living space instead of a sanitized food preparation area is fun. Encourage the flow of positive energy to move through your kitchen by using accent colors, accessories and flooring that coordinate and complement all other social areas of your home.
Trade granite for quartz? While granite is still the top trend-setter for kitchen counter tops, quartz is becoming more and more popular. It feels and looks like a natural stone but requires no sealing giving it durability with low maintenance. Counter tops are often taken up the walls for the back splash but today’s trends indicate you can creatively use glass, ceramic tile and metal to give a fresh look without huge expense.
Ultimately the kitchen is becoming clean, functional, larger and more welcoming by being more open and accessible to other areas of the home. Technology has also invaded the kitchen, not only with appliances but with built-in electronic equipment including computers, a remote control center for home maintenance, and a television for viewing your favorite chef so you can replicate their magnificent culinary creation.
With a few changes, you can make your kitchen the social center of your home. After all, it is the heart of the home where all good things happen – including nurturing yourself, your family and friends.