Your kitchen is a place that you want to be careful being trendy. The last thing you want is a kitchen that’s out of sync in just a few years simply because you followed a trend. Instead look at the trends in terms of the value they bring to your life and your home.
Here are nine trends that are popular now, but have staying power because they address lifestyle needs, convenience, and savings – ensuring you’ll enjoy your kitchen for many years.
- Love White? You Won’t Go Wrong
White kitchens are still going strong and in fact 67% of National Kitchen and Bath Association members said that white is their top choice for cabinets. White appliances are so much easier to keep clean than stainless, which smudges if you as much as look at it.
- Want Color? Go for Neutral Gray
Grey is the fastest-growing color scheme for kitchens in 2014, and it isn’t slowing down.
But be careful of the gray you choose. In cold, cloudy climates, gray can appear frozen unless you use it on warm materials like wood cabinets, or pair it with hot colors like red and yellows. On the other hand, Gray can appear pleasantly cool in sunny, hot climates – a breath of fresh air in heat and humidity.
- Embrace Small Appliances
Micro-living is taking off for millennials and retirees. People are installing tiny, secondary kitchens for returning adult children and elderly parents.
- Choose Quartz Counters Over Granit
Quartz is the toughest countertop material, which resists scratches, burns and chips. Quartz is easy to maintain, and unlike granite, you don’t have to seal it annually to prevent stains.
- Invest in LEDs
Ribbons of LEDs are showing up in the weirdest – and most wonderful – kitchen places: Along toe kicks as nightlights; on the inside of cabinet doors to show off grandma’s china; concealed in crown molding to wash ceilings with light.
- Rethink Your Fridge
Homeowners are customizing their cooling needs with “point of use” refrigeration, adding cool where they need it.
That could mean adding a counter-height produce fridge in your prep island, next to a wine cooler for the adults, and a juice/soda fridge for the kids.
- Install a Touch-Activated Faucet
The popularity of the touch-activated faucets are bursting to the must have.
- Stick with Transitional Design
More than 60% of NKBA designers say contemporary, with its sleek simplicity, is the fastest-growing kitchen style. Fussy doodads and decorative and distressed glazes are out.
- Embrace Accessibility Because It’ll Make Your Life Easier.
Aging in place is a big snore — until you get to that age when the right modifications will allow you to stay in your home. And since a large part of the population is reaching retirement age, accessibility finally is catching on — even with homeowners who aren’t intentionally seeking those features. Why? Because the designs make so much sense.
- Side-opening ovens at counter height.
- Drawers with deep pockets
- Microwave drawers
This information was from houselogic