Keeping up with the vast array of trending kitchen styles can be exhausting, but everyone wants to stay current in design as well as in functionality. Let’s face it, not too many of us want to use great grandma’s wallpaper or her icebox. But what looks good in a magazine may not be practical in our everyday lives, either.
The modern kitchen is the hub of the home. It is where everybody hangs out, today’s de facto “family room.” The key to maintaining up-to-date design in this crucial space is to incorporate quality craftsmanship with distinctive features. HouseLogic.com, a solutions site for home buyers, listed these four kitchen trends to ensure your hub stays a happy place
#1 White Is Here to Stay White kitchens are not a new trend, but continue to reign supreme as the top design choice according to National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) members. A whopping 67% noted that white is their top choice for cabinets, a 20% increase from 2012-2014. Despite the rush in recent years to stainless steel finishes, white appliances are still en point. They are easier to clean, adapt easily to any design scheme and create a sleek, minimal look.
#2 Mull Over Gray as a Color Pop One look at Pinterest is enough to show the rise in popularity of sleek, sophisticated gray color schemes. But variations of gray can be challenging and make a huge difference in the feel of a room. A warm, brownish-gray color gives a room personality that’s pretty distinctive from a blue-gray. As long as you choose the right hue, gray is generally a neutral color that’s similar enough to white to remain a classic, no matter what era you’re in.
#3 Appreciate New Small Appliances Small is the new big. Tiny homes and small living spaces are gaining ground in many age groups, from millennials to empty nesters and retirees. The convenience and eco-friendliness of small appliances make this market one of the fastest-growing in the industry. While bigger and more used to be better, today consumers value environmental stewardship and how our resource consumption will affect future generations. And, since Majap companies are offering so many new choices, smaller size doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or function.
#4 Consider Quartz for Your Countertop We’ve given granite a lot of love! For years, granite has been the top choice for kitchen remodels. Though still a favorite, more and more homeowners are choosing quartz. Consumer Reports™ gives this man-nature combo countertop top marks in durability. Created from crushed quartz stone mixed with resin, these countertops can range from solid colors to a convincing faux granite finish. In a typical kitchen, it can withstand knife cuts and won’t easily chip or crack. It’s resistant to stains and bacteria, easy to maintain, and unlike granite, doesn’t need a yearly stain-preventative seal.
Neutral colors and quality sustainable products can set your kitchen up to withstand passing trends, and stand the test of time. While you may not want to remodel every few years to keep up with changing trends, bringing stable, timeless qualities to your kitchen is your key to keeping it fresh and trending.