Many of us have had a long relationship with our kitchens. As such, when we finally take the plunge to remodel the most important room in the home, we are often dealing with 30-year-old floors, appliances, counters, ceilings and more.
The traditional kitchen is going away and new, transitional kitchens with quartz counters, wood floors, specialized cabinets and clever automation are taking form. But that’s not all. There are plenty of kitchen remodeling trends taking shape that will surely be in style come 2016.
While open concepts are certainly gaining popularity across the U.S., some are reluctant to tear down all walls on the first floor. Well, transitional kitchens answer those fears and more.
As the name suggests, transitional kitchens blend a functional kitchen space with a sit-down dining area, a comfortable living room or an outdoor space. With its open look, this type of kitchen allows easy flow from one area to another. Islands are staples in transitional kitchens as more and more homeowners choose to not only use it for prep, but casual dining as well.
White & Gray Cabinets
With more and more homeowners going the transitional or modern route, white kitchen cabinets have started to take shape. According to Houzz’s 2014 Kitchen Remodeling Survey, 49% of their 3,500 users said they currently own white kitchen cabinets. Clearly, white is the dominant color for kitchen cabinets in 2015 and most likely, will remain so next year.
However, gray is quickly climbing the color ranks as some opt for a more neutral look that can match the rest of the home. Don’t be surprised if you see white shy away in 2017 and beyond.
Note: As far as style goes, shaker style cabinets seem to never go out of style.
Classic Black & White
You don’t mess with the classic and many homeowners have taken that to heart and stuck with the classic black and white look in their kitchen remodels.
Black and white kitchens tend to offset each other and give the kitchen a clean, sleek and visually appealing design. It also benefits from the tension between country and modern. In fact, hardwood floors (which I will get to later), offer black and white kitchens an effective counterpoint to sleek cabinet materials.
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We could all use more storage. Since the kitchen is the most trafficked room in the home, it tends to pile up once and a while. As such, crafty and strategic homeowners are installing clever storage options, such as:
- Clever corner cabinets or Lazy Susans
- Freestanding pantries
- Slender pullout cabinets
- Rollout trash bins
- Shelves or magazine files behind cabinet doors
- Multi-tiered drawers
- Built-in chopping blocks
- Hidden docking stations to charge electronics
For more kitchen storage options, please see 9 Secret Places That Can Add Storage To Your Small Kitchen.
Many of us have a connection with our kitchen counters. It’s where we prepare dinner. It’s where we get our hands dirty (literally). Other than maybe the stove, our kitchen counters carry the load when it comes to kitchen work.
There’s no better or more popular kitchen countertop option for 2015 and 2016 than quartz counters. Nonporous and resistant to heat, quartz countertops are resistant to spills and scratches, making them a smart choice for families or busy cooks (so everyone).
Right behind quartz is wood. Some of today’s kitchen remodelers are blending earthy elements with their transitional and modern kitchen and as such, are incorporating wood not only on the floors, but on counters as well. Behind its visual appeal, wood can evoke a nostalgic, homey feeling that is usually missed in modern kitchens.
For more kitchen countertop options, please view Kitchen Countertop Trends For 2015.
Every square inch of your kitchen should be used to improve the design and flow of your new kitchen. Homeowners are no longer ignoring the area between their sinks/counters and upper cabinets. They are instead installing colorful, eye-catching backsplashes.
First and foremost, no matter what the trends may be, your kitchen backsplash must match your personality. Chances are, when you are in your kitchen, you will be looking at this new backsplash. Therefore, make sure it’s a design you actually like. This is not an aspect to just follow the crowd.
However, if you do want to follow backsplash trends, stone, subway tiles and stainless steel are all trending this year and beyond. Stone is not only tough and durable, but blends well with most kitchen styles. Subway tiles, which are generally cheaper, give the kitchen a more modern look. Lastly, steel is quite popular because it reflects light, thus making your kitchen appear bigger.
Kitchen floors get dirty as the kitchen is often the first room people enter when coming home from a long day. Fortunately, hardwood floors are extremely durable and very easy to clean. Hardwood is more expensive than many other flooring options, but you can minimize the cost by choosing a cheaper type of wood. Nonetheless, given the fact that wood flooring lasts longer than any other flooring option on the market, many bite the bullet and invest in long-term savings.
Apron, or farmhouse, sinks are quickly becoming the most popular sink style across the country. Their big exterior blends well with almost any kitchen design and gives you more than enough space to clean and scrub those big pans.
Despite white trends, many are using their apron sink to add a punch of bold color into the kitchen. Subtle colors are terrific in the kitchen and the apron sink is the perfect solution. Don’t be afraid to step outside the typical color pattern for your next farmhouse sink.
As time moves on, there are of course technological advances across the home. After all, Google did buy Nest for a cool $3.2 Billion. As a result, many kitchen appliance manufacturers have come out with numerous high-tech upgrades to your standard kitchen appliances.
If you wan to start off slow, go with a hands-free faucet or automatic lights as you enter the kitchen. Yes, these are costlier upgrades, but once you go hands-free with your kitchen faucet, I guarantee, you won’t go back.
On the other hand, you could also go with one of these five awesome innovative kitchen appliances.
There is only one true kitchen theme that remains undefeated against the test of time and that is personalized kitchens.
As I said with backsplashes, trends are trends because a large majority says so. Oftentimes, we step away from the majority and go down our own path. So, if your personal tastes don’t match any of these trends, go your own route. If you plan on occupying the house for years, don’t worry about the resale value (for now). Just know that when the day does come to sell the house, the more off-trend your kitchen is, the harder it will be to close the deal.
Kitchen remodeling trends come and go. Very few stand the test of time. So whether you install quartz counters, hardwood floors, a stone backsplash or any of the other elements discussed, make sure you feel comfortable in your own surroundings. After all, what’s a home if it’s not you?