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Interior Design, including kitchen design, is subject to trends just like fashion and while some have staying power, there are others that will look outdated in a few years' time. The difference between fashion trends and home trends is that it’s not as easy to switch trends after a whole kitchen renovation as it is to send an out-of-style shirt to Goodwill! Here are a few popular kitchen trends that we believe are here to stay.
This has been a popular trend for quite a few years and isn’t going away any time soon. The trend has gone from just white painted cabinets to other colors popping up such as gray, black, green, and blue. While the appeal of having a kitchen painted a fashionable color is definitely strong, as far as longevity goes, a neutral color, especially white, will remain timeless for many, many years to come as opposed to a stylish hue. White cabinets can go with any design style and appeal to many home buyers if resale is an important factor in your kitchen remodeling decisions.
The neutral tones of our Belleair Maple Bright White Brushed Gray Glaze and Willow Gray Brushed Gray Glaze cabinets create a timeless look that will stand the test of time.
Two Tone Cabinetry
The trend of two tone cabinetry goes in line with the popularity of painted cabinets. It can be achieved a few different ways… by painting the uppers a lighter color and having the lowers a darker paint color/stain, or by having the wall cabinets a lighter paint color and the island a darker paint color/stain. Some say this trend is dying down, but we believe if you select a more neutral palette, this can be a long-lasting look. For example, if you are going for a modern farmhouse look, pair white painted cabinets with a rich wood stain and you will love your kitchen for years to come!
An example of two tone cabinetry using our Colonial II Maple Alabaster and Belleair Maple Pecan cabinets.
Glass Front Cabinetry
Glass front cabinets have been a staple in traditional kitchens for quite some time and have been recently showing up in kitchens that are more transitional or modern in style. Glass front cabinets are great for the display of interesting serving pieces, decorative accessories, and other items. Some design their kitchens with glass front cabinets all along the uppers, which makes the kitchen look more open but requires everything displayed to be in order since there’s no hiding it. A great alternative to having all glass front uppers is to pick a bank of upper cabinets that will allow you to display your beautiful pieces in view of everyone but that still gives you enough closed cabinet storage for your everyday items.
An example of well-placed glass front cabinets flanking the sink area for maximum visibility.
The other popular trend in displaying your dishes and
serving pieces has been the introduction of open shelving in kitchens. While
this trend does have some staying power, the struggle to keep the shelves neat
and orderly can get tiresome and may lose its appeal fairly quickly. This is a
trend to stay away from if you aren’t good at maintaining organization for a
Marble and Marble-like Countertops
Marble is a timeless countertop choice and has been used for many, many years. It’s been showcased in countless beautiful kitchens in the last 10 years. Marble has great qualities such as being naturally cool (which is nice if you do a lot of baking), as well as being heat resistant. However, it does fall short as far as stains go. It’s an extremely porous material that is susceptible to permanent stains (think red wine and white… not good), as well as requires more maintenance than a quartz countertop.
We believe this trend will be timeless, but we also suggest exploring marble alternatives such as quartz for your kitchen counters because you may find a surface that works better for your specific needs. Quartz is easier to upkeep and more durable. Plus, there are dozens of color choices ranging from pure white to ones with heavy veining mimicking real marble.
This kitchen showcases a quartz countertop made to mimic marble.
If you need help selecting the right choices for your kitchen (particularly when it comes to cabinetry), we have professional kitchen designers on staff ready to work with you. To get started, simply submit a design request!