Kitchens are certainly the heart of today’s homes, so you definitely want your kitchen to look its best. Even if you aren’t in the market for a total remodel or renovation, one or two trendy updates will bring your kitchen up to date and into 2016.
Cabinet Kitchen Design
Gray is the New White
Wondering what color to choose for your cabinets? The kitchen industry’s leading manufacturers say that while white cabinets continue to be tops, gray is the shade they’re betting on to break white’s top spot. If you are looking for a trendy kitchen in Grey Shaker Style, then West Point Grey Kitchen Cabinets are your answer. This grey offers some warm undertones to help keep it from looking gloomy in your kitchen. The cabinet box comes with a matching grey interior and comes fully upgraded!
Classic Black and White Palette
The look may change as styles evolve, but the appeal of a black-and-white kitchen never dies. It’s all about high contrast — like this design in Ice White Shaker kitchen cabinets (from SemBro Designs) and Absolute Black granite countertops, but it also benefits from the tension between country and modern. Warm rustic hardwood floors are an effective counterpoint to sleek cabinet materials. As mentioned above the kitchen in West Point Grey is showcasing yet another kitchen trend — combining cabinet colors is a trendy look that’s holding strong.
Maximize Kitchen Storage
Kitchen storage is always an issue, especially for apartment dwellers or any homeowner whose kitchen is short on space. To remedy this, manufacturers are doubling up storage in new, custom kitchens with clever multi-tiered drawers. For more ideas for your kitchen storage read about the 7 Innovative Ideas for Your Kitchen Storage.
Sink Kitchen Design
Fresh Hues and Timeless Farmhouse Flair for Sinks
Like kitchen cabinets, sinks are trending away from basic white or stainless steel. This eye-catching fluted fireclay apron-farmhouse kitchen sink by Mitrani is definitely unique. Also a colorful sink is a great way to pop in a small amount of color in a neutral kitchen or make it more of a focal point by using the same hue in the backsplash.
Kohler’s apron-front cast-iron kitchen sinks come in a variety of colors, including new neutral tones Dune, a soft sandy shade, and Suede, a dark hue that pairs well with granite countertops. Apron-front sinks have not gone out of style. They add a timeless focal point to any kitchen. From a practical standpoint, they’re deep enough to hold large pots and platters for easier cleanup — a shorter person can even benefit from better access to the sink. Because of their visual weight, apron-front sinks are best suited to medium-size or large kitchens.
Add in Automation to your kitchen sink. The kitchen of the future is here today. From sensor-activated lights that illuminate the kitchen only when it’s in use to meat thermometers that alert your smartphone when dinner is done, kitchen technology is here to make your life easier. If you’re new to automation, a great introductory product is a hands-free motion sensor faucet by Moen. Perfect for homes with small children who can’t yet reach the handle or any kitchen where busy cooks often have sticky hands.
Read more in depth about Kitchen Faucets from our previous post about Factors to Consider in Choosing a Kitchen Sink
Countertops Kitchen Design
New Colors for Quartz
Along with natural stone, quartz countertops continue to be tops. Quartz kitchen countertops subtle color gradation lends itself well to sleek contemporary designs. Nonporous and are resistant to heat, quartz countertops are also resistant to spills and scratches, making them a smart choice for families or busy cooks, and a perfect choice for your kitchen remodel.
You can also save money with a look-alike countertop materials. Countertops continue to define a kitchen’s style — but they don’t have to be a budget-buster. The granite look-alike from Wilsonart is actually laminate but unlike previous laminate countertops features a more realistic, larger stone pattern and rounded edge for a high-end granite look at a fraction of the price.
Mix your Countertop Materials, if you’re in the market for a fashion-forward kitchen countertop, granite, quartz and laminate are no longer your only choices. Wood countertops are coming on strong. You could have a kitchen that combines the warmth of wood with a cool marble for the best of both worlds.
Kitchen Style and Decor
Marry the Kitchen to Your Home’s Style
Gone are the days when kitchens were just kitchens — now they’re so pretty they could be any room of the house, says designer Jo Ann Alston of her French Normandy-style design. Jo Ann integrated the appliances for a seamless look and combined light fixtures with different styles and finishes to give the look of having been acquired over time rather than purchased all at once. The mixed gray and brown tones in the Chinese slate and oak flooring complement the island’s Jerusalem gold limestone countertop, offering a rich look that never strays far from a neutral color midpoint.
Keeping a flexible palette is ideal for any traditional or contemporary kitchen. Keeping a kitchen neutral allows you to personalize it to reflect your style, we have a kitchen in our showroom accessorized that way right now. The real treat in this otherwise traditional kitchen is the unexpected light fixtures and any other décor that suits your taste.
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