Kitchen trends seem to come and go. Mostly go. So, how do you keep up and transform your home into something timeless or even trend-setting? Here are a few ideas to follow trends that are or will become traditions.
Muted Color Palettes
While there are some exceptions to this rule, muted and earth-tone colors are trendy right now. That’s because they help unify a space and aren’t too jarring on the eyes. Pale blue, pale green gray and tinted whites are good alternatives to plain or traditional white or pearl.
They’re also easy to clean and look fresh and inviting in places like the kitchen and dining room.
In living rooms, it might make more sense to use darker colors, like reds or browns, even if it’s only as an accent color. Dark hardwoods are also a popular and a classic look.
Wasted space is out. Multitasking is in. Transform your kitchen with smart spaces. Drawers that are super-organized with shelving , for example. Where do you put that Cuisinart? Not in a cabinet by itself. You store the Cuisinart® on the countertop or in an organization bin.
And, expect to see more integrated charging stations and docks for computers, smart phones, and tablets.
Integrated Kitchen and Living Room
Many people eat in the living room these days. Why not bring the living room into the kitchen? As long as you have a nice-sized countertop, there’s no reason why you can’t entertain in front of the big screen T.V.
For some, the kitchen feels very disconnected from the rest of the house. Historically, that made sense. The kitchen was the hottest room in the house. But, today, modern air conditioning systems mean that you can cook and stay comfortable - especially if the space is “open.”
The Rise of Minimalism
It shouldn’t be surprising that, with the rise in simple, organic, sustainable, food that we’d see a rise in minimalistic kitchens. Clean lines, stainless steel, and other easy-to-clean surfaces, and modern looks are all “in” right now.
But, they may not be going away anytime soon. Stainless steel, for example, is easy to clean. So, why would anyone get rid of it for the ornate appliances of the past?
At the same time, people love big spaces to prepare food, even if it’s simple food. A place to entertain is important and, often, these spaces are integrated right into the kitchen. So, expect to see more integrated kitchen and dining rooms and kitchen/living rooms.
If you want to replicate this look in your home, strip your kitchen down to its bare essentials - a pantry, a refrigerator, a stove/oven, a sink, a dishwasher, and a food prep area. Everything else is optional (as long as you’ve got sufficient kitchen space).
You don’t even need a lot of appliances in the kitchen either. Many people are slimming down their cabinets full of mixers and spatulas and opting for one or two high-quality items. If you keep a Blendtec blender in the kitchen, along with a stick blender, do you really need a food processor? No.
Does a family of 4 dinnerware service for 12? No.
Slim down. You’ll find it refreshing.
Liam Jones is at college studying interior design. He loves designing bold spaces which incorporate the latest technology. His articles appear on several DIY/Decor blogs.