Families are getting smaller, and so are our homes. Now we are integrating our foyer, kitchen, dining and living room areas into one big seamless room, and aspects of the kitchen are running into the other spaces, like bars used in the kitchen for eating and in the living room for entertaining, and side tables used as kitchen storage and as a foyer table. Some of the features people are wanting in their trendy kitchens include:
Kitchen lighting is far superior to that available in the past, with LED lighting providing much better lighting with long lasting bulbs at reduced energy costs. Recessed lighting is much yearned for in the kitchen, as it provides bright all around lighting. Pendants (often with matte finishes) or or even chandeliers are used over islands for beautiful task lighting. On walls bare of cabinetry, people are placing wall sconces, and where they have cabinets they often have LED lighting under the cabinets for task lighting, or on top to provide a pretty visual effect.
Breakfast bars are popular at the kitchen island or tucked at the end of a peninsula or counter, and many people have gone back to wanting table space for eating in their kitchen, which they multi purpose as a work island like they used in years gone by. In an open area concept they work as a dining room table too. There are many modern options available in varying heights.
Faucets and Hardware
Pull-out faucets and pot fillers are a popular item in kitchens now. Common finishes for faucets, hardware and lighting include brushed nickel, pewter, polished chrome and antique bronze.
There are many innovations in kitchen cabinets, which are now filled with slide outs to make our lives easier. No more kneeling in front of cavernous lower cupboards. Lower cabinets are more likely drawers now instead of cabinets, and are often seen in the form of flat panel, Shaker style doors in neutral black/gray/charcoal, dark brown or natural stains, or white. We are seeing varying counter heights to accommodate all sizes, whether child/wheelchair accessible, counter height for working, or bar height for our taller family members. Lower cabinetry often includes appliance drawers, call center drawers, desk stations, spice pullouts, garbage, recycling and a variety of other convenient features. Large pullouts surrounding the refrigerator are replacing the need for walk in pantries in many kitchens. We’re seeing a trend toward fewer upper cabinets, with open shelving or wall sconces taking their place. Those that are installed are often mismatched with the lower cabinetry, sometimes in bold color choices like purple, orange, green, yellow or red. Furniture style cabinetry is also a popular trend.
Natural flooring is typically used in the form of ceramic, stone or hardwood (reclaimed or distressed hand scraped wide or varying planks).
We now have appliance drawers for many of our appliances, including the microwave, wine storage, steam oven and refrigeration drawers. Refrigerator and freezer columns are also being built into cabinetry. People are wanting high tech and eco friendly appliances. Wall ovens are popular, as are French door/bottom freezer refrigerators, induction hobs built into countertops, and hood inserts for hoodless ventilation.
Solid surface countertops (Corian) and engineered stone countertops (Caeserstone) are growing trends in kitchen countertops, as well as varying heights and induction cook tops. I love my Caeserstone “Raven” (pictured below). It has the look of concrete with the toughness of stone, and is easy to just wipe clean.
Full wall backsplashes are a beautiful trend in kitchens now, often in glass or glossy granite.
The hot new trendy colors for kitchens include neutral colors (gray is still the new beige) with hints of 60s gold or olive green, Mediterranean blue or purple.