The truth is that everyone has one room in their house that is likely to be renovated at least once, if not a few times: the kitchen. The reason behind this is simple. There are only two rooms in a home that take a great deal of wear and tear over the years and that’s the bathroom and the kitchen.
The kitchen is, therefore, one of the most intriguing places in a person’s house to imagine what could be versus what is. For those people who have a kitchen that has gotten to be out of fashion, out of date, or is just plain worn out, here are the latest trends in kitchen renovations:
More Window Space – The major trend coming into kitchens is more light and more of a view. Contrary to past trends that involved a small kitchen window over the sink, the emphasis now is on lots of window space, allowing everyone great views of the great outdoors.
Backsplash Tiles – This has become the go-to for many interior designers in recent years. Gone are the days of simple gyprock. This new look invokes the sense of a professional kitchen, but one nestled within the home. The advantage of tiles is that they’re easier to clean and they give that area a gleam and shine that one could not have otherwise.
Islands – No, not one to book a vacation on in the Pacific, but ones that sit in the kitchen in order to fulfill multiple roles. Although they can still be convenient for simple counter space, the trend is now to include other uses for the handy island as well. This means having a sink or even a range in the island. There is also the convenience of being able to use it as a breakfast table for those rushed mornings.
The Return of the Tile – This more traditional form of kitchen flooring is making a comeback. Hardwood flooring in the kitchen has had its time in the limelight, so tiling is now becoming a favorite of kitchen renovators again. The durability and easy cleaning of kitchen tile are why this will always be a favorite to some degree.
More Efficient Storage Space – This trend is something that comes and goes, but is making a comeback right now. Really, this is a no-brainer. In any practical kitchen, one needs to be aware of cupboard space, but there is only so much available in any kitchen. The solution is not to break down walls, but to simply use existing cupboard space more efficiently with shelves and pull-outs that maximize available cubic footage.
Embrace the Quartz – This countertop is becoming the standard for much of the industry and is simple to maintain. Initial reaction was somewhat negative because of a lack of variety, but this has been solved and now there are plenty of quartz countertops to choose from that are beautiful and ideal for a person’s home.
Look to go Modern – The concept of rustic and farmhouse designs are considered to be yesterday’s news. The trend now is to go for shinier, sleeker, and more modern designs. The blocky look of past kitchens is being replaced with something that is simple, straightforward, and soothing. Part of this means looking for more open, airy spaces in the kitchen with items like upper cupboards being removed. Extra space is being used for things like extra window space, as previously mentioned above.
Explore Your Darker Side! – The trend for decades now has been to go with as much white space in a kitchen as humanly possible. This was always great for a magazine spread, but people soon found out that an all white kitchen is almost impossible to keep clean. The bright, white kitchen trend persisted, however, and everyone suffered for it!
The good news is that all white is finally on its way out and being replaced with better contrasts involving darker colors. So, people are once again permitted to have black and white kitchens to bring in that sense of elegance, with just a hint of practicality. Other darker stains of wood, like cherry, are also returning for a nice contrast to keep a kitchen functional and bright without blinding company!
Be Smart –This doesn’t involve taking IQ tests, no. Technology has impacted everything from cars to coffee makers, and it has snuck into people’s kitchens in a big way. Smart fridges, smart stoves, and other smart devices are quickly being integrated into kitchens both new and old. With new kitchens, they can be built from scratch, but a renovated home can easily incorporate these conveniences as well. Have no doubt on this one, it is the wave of the future.
For a trendy kitchen today, these tips will enable anyone to create a fashionable kitchen that will surely impress neighbors, friends, and family!