While kids are picking out their rulers, notebooks, pens and pencils we are taking a look at kitchens for stand out trends this year and moving forward. Transitional and contemporary kitchens are still the leaders, so it is no coincidence that the trends we discuss here fit into those categories.
Skip the Uppers
Not only does skipping the upper cabinets create a more spacious feel, but it allows for more window space and therefore more natural light and immediate connection to the outdoors.
Uniform Island Height
The kitchen island with classic, uniform height is the strong choice for kitchen islands. Islands with a raised bar for seating and to conceal food preparation were popular for a while but are receding as the classic island height proves a more unifying and open solution for the space where everyone loves to gather.
We still see the 3 x 6-inch tile in running bond for backsplashes; they are classic and cost effective. But smaller and larger tile sizes in patterns such as stacked or herringbone or tiles with texture are fresh alternatives. Also, stone slabs offer a bold statement. And not just calacatta or carrera marble!
As we all know the white kitchen is a timeless choice. It is still a great option and will continue to be one. But more and more color is coming into the kitchen including deep blues, hunter greens, grays and blacks with exciting results.
There is an argument that cement tile is a sustainable choice. As a bonus it looks fantastic, adding pattern and visual interest to one of most used spaces in the house.
Fewer Farm House sinks
And, undermount sinks are back as the go-to kitchen basin.
Matte Black Appliances
As an alternative to stainless steel we are seeing more and more appliances in matte black. Matte black adds stunning contrast and mood.
It works fabulously with navy, black, green and white. Check, check, check, check. So, whatever the scheme, brass hardware adds warmth.
Statement Fixtures Over the Island
We are all in love with sculptural lighting. And the kitchen has felt the influence. We are seeing more statement pieces over the kitchen island as well.
And these are just a start! We haven’t even addressed smart kitchens, kitchens embracing the efficiency of ever rapid gains in technology!
Stay tuned for our upcoming and related blogs on Kitchen banquettes and kitchen appliances…