The subtle yet notable changes in kitchen design for the year ahead have begun to take shape, from rounded edges on islands to veined marble slabs presented horizontally as a backsplash versus a vertical countertop. And while the white kitchen, say some of today’s most sought-after designers, will always be a classic favorite, bold and dramatic have definitely taken center stage. So let’s take a look at some of the latest design trends that can transform your kitchen into one that balances practicality with aesthetics.
Hybrid cabinetry. In years past, many homeowners were set on absolutes when it came to cabinetry. This meant either open shelves displayed for easy access and aesthetics (yet lacking functionality and space) or more utilitarian and traditional cabinetry—thus sacrificing style. But today, we’re seeing more homeowners opting for cabinetry that incorporates the best of both worlds. Think built-ins complemented by a touch of open shelving for books, spices, and display items in select blocks where otherwise there would’ve been a cabinet door.
Perfection in imperfection. Shiny new kitchens don’t have to look that way to feel good, especially when lived-in has such comfort and appeal. To create a kitchen that’s warm, welcoming, and stylish but also, somehow, timeless, replace polished stone with the organic warmth of hand-crafted tiles, natural patina accents, soapstone, a touch of terra cotta, or unlacquered brass finishes.
Curves. With kitchens now integrated with the softness of home, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more curves. Imagine smooth rounded corners on islands and countertops along with cabinet arching and fluting. While subtle and subdued, a slight curvature and dimension can add life to an otherwise angular and rectangular room.
Two-tone. Give an all-white kitchen added dimension and depth by incorporating a pop of color on the island. Or pair any-colored cabinet with the natural touch of wood. While homeowners have traditionally stuck with one single color choice, we’re now seeing a reinvigorating splash of color everywhere from islands to ranges and walls.
Statement stones. Color isn’t the only way you can make a statement in your kitchen. In fact, more homeowners are getting creative with stone, from veined marbles to granite and quartzite because they provide a distinctive, one-of-a-kind touch. With no two cuts the same, a statement stone on a countertop or presented vertically as a backsplash can provide just the right flair to a communal cooking space.
Black as the new white. Nothing says modern and wow better than rich black, ash, or charcoal lower cabinetry. Then enhance with the glitz of hardware and set back against an intricate marble backsplash or a pure white wall.
The perfect pantry. Stow away those canned goods, cereal boxes, and supplies in a space that’s both functional and beautiful. Today’s superbly designed kitchen extends well into our storage options to offer custom shelving and open drawers. Wrap it all up with a splash of color on the door or classic frosted glass.