Are you getting ready for a new kitchen?
Maybe you’re building your own home or you’re working to remodel the kitchen in the one you already have. Either way, it’s easy to get totally overwhelmed with options.
How do you balance a new kitchen feel with trends so that it’s not kitschy or overdone?
In our opinion? You keep it simple and commit to one statement trend or appliance. Pick your favorite trend and design around it.
Get inspired below.
1. Colored Appliances
Isn’t it funny how trends come around? In the fifties and sixties, it was common to see pastel colored appliances—stoves and ovens, mostly.
Unfortunately, most of those colors didn’t age well or weren’t pretty to begin with. Chartreuse may have been grandma’s jam, but it isn’t ours.
The colored appliance trend is coming back but in a modern and upgraded way.
Gone are the days of boring stainless steel or black appliances. Now we’re seeing things like ultraviolet purple and other deep jewel tones. Emerald green? Yes, please!
If you’re not crazy about this trend or you don’t feel brave enough to go full green, try a different metal color.
What about a copper range? How gorgeous is that? With the huge trend of rose gold right now and the value of copper, you can’t go wrong.
Plus, these statement pieces make decorating in your kitchen easy. You can keep other colors simple and then pull out the matching jewel tone in accessories.
Flowers, wall trim, vases, mugs, do whatever works for you. It’s like having an interior designer built in. Functional statement pieces, here we come!
2. Professional Ranges
If you have the cash, why not go all out? We’re seeing more designers and more homes feature kitchens with professional quality and size ranges.
Not only do these give you more room to cook, but they give your kitchen itself a higher resale value.
On a personal level, professional ranges cook better and more evenly. Your food will taste professional just because you cooked it on the same range chefs use.
Professional ranges are also good statement pieces, especially if you opt for a range hood. We’re loving range hoods right now!
Want to take this trend to the next level? Level up by getting a professional range (and hood) in a statement color. You won’t regret it!
3. All White Everything
With the exception of statement pieces, we’re seeing more of a trend toward white, sleek, and modern kitchen interiors. We have Ikea to thank for that.
Their frosted glass, slow close cabinets are all the rage with designers right now.
And if you’re not into white, go black or matte black. If you think you can keep it clean (hello, fingerprints) it’s even more on trend than white.
If you do opt for the matte black option, make sure you find the right cleaner. If you use the wrong spray with the wrong ingredients, it can stain or streak on your cabinet faces.
4. Farmhouse Chic
If the super modern look isn’t for you, don’t worry. Farmhouse kitchens are super in right now too. We’d leave the shabby-chic distressed cabinet paint behind, but otherwise, we’re on board.
The best thing about the farmhouse trend, other than the homey feel, is how customizable it is.
There are three main things that define a farmhouse kitchen.
Neutral colors, natural materials, and antique/simplistic pieces. That last one may seem contradictory.
But it’s all about the kind of farmhouse feel you want. Do you want it to be farmhouse simple or farmhouse cute? There are plenty of primitive lighting options that balance the simplistic and the homey feel.
Large windows and a big eat-in kitchen island with stools complete the farmhouse motif.
5. New Kitchen Countertop Materials
You know what’s trending right now? Glass countertops. They’re much less expensive than granite, and they’re easy to clean. They look great with a modern and sleek kitchen or serve as a subtle contrast in a farmhouse one.
While they still scratch, they’re not as picky about cleaning materials as granite countertops. You can use the same thing to clean your counters as you can your windows—they’re both glass!
6. Wood, Wood, and More Wood
Another trend we’re loving right now is natural wood in kitchens. Leave the cabinet paint behind and let your kitchen glow with the natural caramel tones of mid-depth wood.
You can even get a sealed (or unsealed) wood countertop for a natural look that’s much cheaper than granite.
If you’re using warm colored woods in your kitchen, go with warm color appliances and finishes. We love the way it makes the kitchen feel inviting from every corner.
But if you’re craving more of a contrast, a sterling silver faucet will stand out against a maple or cherry wood.
If you can, try to get a natural slab of wood that’s been sealed and resined out for your countertop. It’ll be a statement piece, and it’ll stand up to wear and tear.
With the values we’re seeing homes with shiplap features sell for right now, you’d better believe the ROI is worth it.
Making It Yours
Like we said before, the best way to keep a kitchen from being too trendy and losing value with the times is to commit to one statement trend—maybe two at most.
You want to stay away from the all-green or all-pink kitchen atrocities of years past.
Your new kitchen needs to be a reflection of you, but it also needs to be re-sellable for when the time comes.
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