The Latest Kitchen Countertop Trends
This Year’s Latest Trends In Kitchen Design
Kitchen design is no longer about gleaming white counters and matching white appliances. Today’s kitchens are becoming the center of family life and a social space to spend time with family, friends and food. Colors, textures and materials are becoming more eclectic. Here are a few of this years latest trends in kitchen design.
Open Floor Plans
Open floor plans. Once, kitchens were the private domain of the busy housewife, tucked in the corner, only to be glimpsed as she emerged to serve dinner. Today’s kitchens are becoming an integral part of the living space and the egalitarian domain of men and woman, young and old. The walls have come down both literally and figuratively and the carpet that used to end at the threshold of the vinyl tiled kitchen has been replaced by hardwood or easy care engineered wood flooring. The living space flows through the kitchen and now often includes ample seating and large islands that allow counters to double as tables. Many designs have taken their cue from modern cafes and restaurants. Economic and social circumstances are bringing social gatherings into the home and modern kitchen design is reflecting that trend.
Reuse and Repurpose
Reused materials and re-purposed furniture have become hot. Slabs of marble, reclaimed wood, reused sheets of stainless steel, and distressed or shabby chic furniture pieces are finding their way into the kitchen. Natural quartz has taken off as the durable kitchen counter-top material of choice this year.
Increased Textures and Materials
Designer touches like focal pieces and more neutral colors are giving kitchens a relaxed atmosphere. Today’s kitchens are seeing an increasing mix of textures and materials. The most popular colors are still white and off white but neutral colors like gray are becoming much more popular. Featured pieces of furniture or cabinetry and over-sized lighting fixtures are being used as focal points against a warm neutral background
Open shelving above counter level is becoming popular, especially in smaller spaces. Shelves display attractive dishware and allow easy access. The open space at eye level makes a small space appear larger and light colors enhance the effect.
Energy and Environmental Savings
Energy saving and environmentally friendly features are very important in today’s kitchens. More energy efficient appliances and LED lights are in demand. Government incentives are encouraging the switch to more energy efficient technology. More renewable materials like bamboo flooring are being incorporated into kitchen design.
Just as avocado and harvest gold will be forever linked to kitchen appliances of the 1960's, stainless steel and black will mark the appliances of the early part of this century. Trends are changing though and new colors such as slate and ice white are creeping into kitchens.
Europe has long led the way for color selection in small appliances with blenders, toasters and even large high-end appliances available in a myriad of colors. The trend is finally catching on in North America with appliances like gas ranges in teal and espresso machines in gleaming lipstick red.
Kitchens have become a place for everyone and new design trends are reflecting the move back to the home as the center for family and social life. Modern kitchens are warm, open and friendly places that everyone can enjoy.
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