One area in your home that is sometimes called the hub, is the kitchen. Family members spend a lot of time in the kitchen as they share a meal, catch up on the day’s activities, or simply sneak in for a midnight snack. In fact, real estate agents will often tell you that one of the best investments a homeowner can make is a kitchen renovation. Yes, the ‘Sizzle’ of a home is typically found in the kitchen.
It is interesting to note, however, how kitchen trends have changed over the years. During the past few years, kitchens were bright and white. Before that, homeowners loved kitchens with dark granite countertops and natural wood cabinets. There seems, however, to be a return back to the dark countertops and cabinets. Also, darker colours are popular including midnight greens. This article will provide some insights into a few of the more popular kitchen trends today.
Splashbacks have always been an integral part of any kitchen design. Designers have used an assortment of materials including glass, tile, solid surface, wood, and laminate. A stylistic shift using the colour brown seems to be a popular trend for splashbacks this year. Also, many designers are moving away from the traditional horizontal look. They are realigning the splashback to display a more vertical appearance. For instance, the splashback of today sees an entire slab going from the countertop surface to the underneath of an upper wall cabinet. This is providing an interesting sleek look that is quite appealing.
Cabinet hardware has traditionally been quite predictable. Wood cabinet doors have typically received either brass or wooden knob/pull handles. Currently, designers prefer to use hardware that is eye-catching and bold. The good news for anyone who wants to experiment with this trend is the affordability and convenience of doing so. Simply remove all of the old hardware and replace it with the new more attractive, dramatic hardware.
For years, kitchen walls were either painted or wallpapered. True, they may have included a few unique types of wall hangings such as giant wooden forks and spoons. Today, however, more homeowners are introducing artwork into the kitchen. Artwork could basically be anything imaginable such as sculptures, framed portraits, metalwork, or whatever. Including artwork in a kitchen design is a great way to make it more personal and fun. It is easy to do. A simple makeover can be done without spending beyond your budget.
For years upon years, real estate agents and builders understood the value of an open concept. This was especially true for combining areas such as the kitchen, dining room, family room, or living room. In fact, many realtors claimed that without an open concept, a home would be very difficult to sell.
Now, as we have experienced a large amount of the population working from home, the present culture appears to prefer a greater sense of home privacy. All members of the family are looking for more dedicated spaces where they can enjoy their own privacy. For instance, the formal dining room, which all but disappeared in house designs, is now making a resurgence.
Even though you would not consider open shelving a uniquely new trend, it has become quite popular. Over the last few years, homeowners seem to be moving away from clutter. There is a major excess purging and decluttering movement currently going on. People now seem to enjoy the simplicity and functionality of open shelving units. Items on the open shelves can not only look attractive, but they can also be easier to retrieve.
An interesting recent cabinetry trend in kitchens is the two-toned kitchen cabinets. Besides adding a unique perspective to a kitchen, it also helps to create an appealing dimension to the room. The older all-white kitchen trend can now become quite vibrant with a combination of cabinet colours. One popular theme is to incorporate darker coloured cabinets on the lowers and lighter cabinets for the uppers. This type of combination creates a spacious balance.
Stainless be Gone!
Stainless steel is always been a popular choice for both appliances and fixtures. Today, homeowners are moving away from the typical stainless steel look and venturing into appliances and fixtures in various colours. In fact, if you are trying to achieve a vintage retro look, it is possible to purchase modern appliances with bold retro colours such as harvest gold, avocado green, or cherry red.