Kitchen Trends Here to Stay
It seems every year we talk about the latest kitchen trends. Whether it is after I visit KBIS or at the start of a new year, there are some trends that are no longer trends, they are classic design elements that are here to stay.
Here, I’m going to share a few of my favorite trends that have turned kitchen mainstays. Have no fear when you incorporate one – or all of these – into your kitchen design, they are here to stay.
If you’ve seen my kitchen projects, you know I love color and infusing it a little or a lot depending on the homeowner’s preferences. In fact, I even put together some of my favorite color combinations here in my new Ebook if you want to check it out.
One of my favorite colors to add to a kitchen is blue. I have used a wide range of blues, but I think adding at least a pop of color (if you’re not willing to paint the entire kitchen) can be a wow moment and really customize your kitchen design.
Mix it with other colors and you can really have a wow factor.
To create a truly rich and textural kitchen, I love mixing metals and different hardware. I particularly love brass, but once you choose brass, there are several finishes to choose from. I went into depth on this topic here if you’re interested in learning more.
But I have always said that mixing metals and different textures are one way to make a kitchen design feel really special and custom. The trick is to mix pieces that are similar in style but have a different finish or texture.
Striking Kitchen Hardware
This is one of my all-time favorite things to choose when it comes to a kitchen design and I do have some favorite go-to’s. Whoever said hardware is the jewelry of the kitchen was onto something and it really is just that… picking out jewelry to complete the perfect outfit.
The kitchen zone – or triangle – came about in the 1940s so the idea has been around for a long time, however, today’s modern kitchen zones can mean different things to different people, but they are definitely here to stay.
For example, a kitchen zone can be dedicated to making your morning tea as I designed here in Tudor with a Twist. It can also be an appliance zone, a cooking zone, or a baking zone. Whatever you love to do, you can now create an entire zone in your kitchen dedicated to one (or more) things all for those specific purposes.
It makes your kitchen design not only super functional for you, but also really special and customized to what you want and love.
Open shelving is not for everyone and not for every kitchen, but I do love a good opportunity to incorporate at least a few into a kitchen design.
The trick is to feature items on the shelves that are beautiful and/or meaningful and that you don’t mind dusting every so often.
For these, you can go streamlined in a modern design or mix it up with a more industrial style for an eclectic kitchen design. It doesn’t matter if you go big or small, have several or just a couple, have fun with open shelves and you won’t be disappointed.
Shaker Style Kitchen Cabinets
I typically like to choose cabinet types based on the feel I’m going for in the kitchen (flat front for more contemporary designs, a mix of cabinet fronts for a more eclectic look), however, shaker style kitchen cabinets are here for the long run. They are traditional but modern enough to appeal to almost everyone. Not only are they universal, but they are also a safe choice for resale, they come in a variety of finishes, and any color you can think of, plus they are easy to care for and clean.
Clever Storage Solutions
This is another one of my favorite “trends” that is here to stay. One of my all-time favorite things to design in a kitchen is storage solutions – and I’m kind of known for them. I love finding creative ways to use every square inch of space to find storage. This can include anything from pot and pan drawers to corner cabinets, or the perfect spot for your garbage, recycling, and compost.
The options are limitless and some of my favorite ideas to come up with and design into a kitchen.
This has always been a no-brainer for me as a designer… open is always better when it comes to kitchens. If you can, taking out a wall (or two) not only opens up your space making it airier and brighter, but it can also offer unique possibilities when it comes to design choices.
From a functional standpoint, it is also wonderful when entertaining or if you have small children you want to keep an eye on while meal prepping, and it can oftentimes be inviting when having company over for any occasion. Guests can seamlessly make their way from the living area to the kitchen and vice versa making it one, cohesive space.