When it comes to designing a new kitchen, there's more to it than simply selecting cabinets and countertops. One needs to consider how the kitchen fits and functions within the home to make it as functional as possible and to get the most benefit for your remodeling budget. Schrock has gathered some information on the latest trends to jump-start your thinking regarding the options.
What's hot in today's kitchen
Many new kitchens feature astreamlined look, with large window expanses that feature few wall cabinets.
Open shelving is popular for those who want items within reach.
Professional-style appliances such as free-standing stainless steel gas ranges, the trend for years, are being swapped for sleek induction cook tops paired with double wall ovens
Under-counter options are increasingly prominent, with drawers that double as refrigerators, wine storage and even a pullout microwave.
For faucets, the convenience of a pullout model is a desired feature, as are pot fillers
Brushed nickel is the leading finish option, followed by pewter, polished chrome and oil-rubbed bronze colorations.
French door and bottom freezer drawer refrigerator models continue to dominate the market.
Healthy living is also a strong trend, with more kitchens featuring steam ovens, induction cooking and warming drawers to keep nutritious dinners ready for active family members.
Select styling you'll love today...and tomorrow
Today’s style trends favor “less is more” aesthetics, emphasizing clean lines and simpler mouldings with carefully selected accents offering personalization. Common ways to accomplish this style include:
Flat-panel, Shaker-style door treatments are a strong design theme and are easy to maintain due to their lack of ornamentation.
Granite countertops continue to be in demand and are now partnered with butcher block, stainless steel and other surfaces in a variety of thicknesses, each selected for a specific task.
Backsplashes are generally comprised of glossy ceramic, porcelain or glass tile in either subtle or bold color combinations—sometimes even a combination of both
Natural flooring materials such as ceramic, stone, hardwood and cork are favored, along with reclaimed and distressed wood finishes in wider, hand scraped planks.
These are just a few important things to consider whether you're building a new home or planning your next kitchen remodeling project.