Have you been thinking about remodeling your kitchen? Homeowners today are concerned more than ever with making decisions for their kitchen that won’t date their home just a few years after remodeling or building? What is hot and not so hot in kitchen interior design? Here is the honest, uncensored scoop.
What has passed it’s due date?
- Backsplashes only 6″ to 8″ above the countertops. When building and remodeling go vertical all the way up to the upper cabinets
- Microwaves installed over the stove with ventilation underneath, it was a very 90’s build decision that has passed it’s prime
- Exposed cabinetry hinges. Euro style, hidden hinges instantly updates your kitchen
- Overly used granite like Venetian Gold, Absolute Black, Uba Tuba and Baltic Brown. Yawn.
- Clocks, Roosters, Wallpaper borders. If you don’t know what I am referring to here, this doesn’t apply to you
- Dusty artificial flowers, ivy, baskets and accessories on top of cabinetry
- Appliance garages that are obviously appliance garages
- Fluorescent lighting under and over cabinet lighting
- A kitchen with nothing but recessed cans – no fixtures, pendants, or chandeliers for interest
On it’s way out? (I don’t want hate mail. I am just reporting here.)
- Full vibrant glass backsplashes with no architectural reference to the house
- Overly distressed and glazed cabinetry
- Themed designs with ornate scrolls and over the top details, that (said again) have no architectural reference to the house
- Polished granite
- For medium to large kitchens, the same cabinet and countertop color throughout
What is Hot in Kitchen Design and will last after the recent trends pass?
- If you REALLY want to use granite, go with a honed stone, OR pick a less commonly used granite
- Solid countertops other than granite: Quartz, Recycled Glass, Terrazzo, Marble, Live Edge Reclaimed Wood, Stainless Steel & Concetto are our top picks
- Cabinetry extended to the ceiling
- Contrasting cabinet and countertop finishes and countertop material between the main cabinets and the island
- Open shelving
- Flush mount cabinetry euro style
- Undermount and Apron Sinks
- Microwave Drawers
- Recycling and Trash Centers built within the cabinetry
- Bar areas with wine coolers, beverage centers
- Cabinet faced appliances, built in Refrigerators
- Lighting with natural lighting color index, and energy efficiency
What build and remodeling decisions for your Kitchen have the longest life?
- The first step might be obvious. Always start with your homes style, architecture and era to maximize a kitchen design that lasts
- Cabinetry that fits the style and decade the home was built.
- Hardware Finishes like nickel, chrome, aged brass and oil rubbed bronze to match style and era of the home, not last remodel
- Backsplashes and flooring that stand the test of time and are very transitional in design. Think subway tile, hardwood floors, stone floors in traditional patterns, hex floors
- Pay attention to wall finishes. Orange peel isn’t desirable in many homes styles. Think about textures and finishes.
- While open concept kitchens are wonderful, some eras don’t support an open concept for a kitchen. For example, a Tudor or Victorian home. In those cases, work closely with your designer and builder for a design that respects your home’s past and also offers you current day lifestyle options.
As always, if you aren’t working with an interior designer please give us a call. We are happy to help with the design process, and can even introduce you to a great build/remodeling team member.
Photo courtesy of Stickley Photography. Design by Divo and remodel/build by Olson & Jones Construction.