The moment you start to think about redoing your kitchen, you’ll realize that you have virtually unlimited scope, beyond the actual square footage of the space. If you want to know which kind of counter tops are in style these days, and if you really need to paint your cabinets a new color, this guide will show you everything you need.
1. Open Layout
If you walk in your kitchen and feel like you have been restricted from activity from the rest of the house, your kitchen may be in sore need of an upgrade. The current trend pushes more and more toward the most open layout possible. For example, instead of boxing a kitchen on three sides, you might have cabinets and countertops in a straight line or in an “L” shape with an island for additional workspace or the sink. This allows the kitchen to open freely into the dining room or great room, so that you can interact with other people as you are preparing food or cleaning.
2. Neutral Colors
A lot of design experts will say that with the kitchen, you can’t go wrong with white. Of course, white can be harder to keep clean, so some people prefer to add some form of color. At the moment, the most popular neutral is gray. However, do not think that you are bound by the warm gray that many have called “greige.” If you like the color gray but prefer cooler tones, you can have a kitchen that is still up-to-the-minute in design. Look for shades of gray that have purple or even green tones. Just make sure that it coordinates nicely with all of your other design choices, and that you use the right kind of paint for the job.
3. Focus on Functionality
Sometimes, you walk into a kitchen that is almost too pretty to use. That’s when you realize that it may not have been designed with a practical eye. The truth is that you are more likely to use a kitchen that you actually find easy to use. This is why functionality is so important in your kitchen makeover. Cabinetry and countertops should be placed appropriately with appliances that require storage and food prep. Current trends lean toward easier ways to access what is inside your cabinets and pantry, with pull-out shelving and doors that slide away with the touch of your hand.
4. Stone Countertops
For many years now, the most trending kind of countertops has been the stone variety. However, you might be surprised to learn that quartz and granite have been neck-and-neck in popularity for the past few years. Granite features a completely unique countertop that is unlike any other in existence, but it is more difficult to maintain. Quartz countertops are made with crushed quartz mixed with resin, which makes a design that is easier to mimic, and is much more hard-wearing by comparison.
5. Metal Accents
Even if you don’t choose a stainless steel countertop, you would be remiss to ignore some of the popular metal accents that are taking the kitchen design industry by storm. Banish your boring kitchen fixtures with ones made of metal, such as brass or burnished copper. The metal accents could be a way to either contrast your cabinetry and countertops, or provide the perfect coordination for them.
The good news is that nothing that is currently trending in the kitchen design world is something of low quality or difficult to use. With these kitchen trends, you can have a beautifully functional kitchen that delights you every time you walk into it.