Kitchen styles evolve almost every year, and it’s hard to keep up. But if you’re planning a remodeling soon you can still apply current trends. In 2016, open spaces, updating existing spaces and allowing for more functionality are the buzz words in Kitchen Remodeling. Kitchen trends are given shape by what a majority of homeowners like and what they plan to do with their kitchens. See if you can apply any of them in your remodeling project!
Kitchen design trends
Creating open space
Space, or at least the illusion of it, seems to be a big goal for most so if you lack space, create the illusion of more and if you can, create more space. An open, airy feeling which is also in keeping with contemporary décor should influence the overall design. Glass cabinets, open shelves, and a light color scheme can achieve this. The trend is easy to apply and doesn’t cost, as you can tell, so it should benefit even people with very tight budgets.
While light colors are in so are darker shades like black, dark red, dark brown and copper. To offset the claustrophobic feel dark hues can create, having just one wall to contrast the other light-colored ones is the key. Or, if a focal wall isn’t possible, have the ceiling or floor painted a darker color. Black is best for countertops at the moment, giving a sleek and sophisticated feel to kitchens. Higher-end stones like black granite and quartz are top picks though black ceramic can be a substitute if you can’t afford them.
Renovate or build from scratch?
A large number of homeowners surveyed say they’d prefer rebuilding kitchens from scratch while a very close number say they’d rather renovate. There are ups and downs to both. If you’ve moved into a dilapidated house or the kitchen would cost almost the same to rebuild as to renovate, the former is a better option.
Everything can be redone, and you control what should go where. On the other hand, a renovation means having to contend with the lesser mess and retaining original components. Consult a professional to carefully weigh the pros and cons of both.
A dark kitchen is tasteless and a dangerous working environment. Bright lights, especially for small kitchens, is in so invest in some stylish fixtures for added illumination. If you must use black but don’t know where to have it, why not choose black pendant light fixtures? They’re very chic and won’t overwhelm the kitchen design.
Hints of minimalism
Minimalism defines contemporary design but if you can’t apply it to every facet of your kitchen, consider installing contemporary components like a 360-degree swivel faucet, a rectangular stainless steel kitchen sink, simple metallic kitchen pulls, and frameless cabinets. Your kitchen designer should be able to provide great suggestions so don’t forget to ask for advice.
Storage facilities should be added because the lack of space can influence resale value. Cubbyholes, built-in cabinets and wine racks, overhead storage, walk-in pantries (if there’s space), etc. are what to include in the project. There’s a long list of changes that can be made; it all depends on what the existing space allows for. Your kitchen design expert will be able to tell you what can be done while sticking to the budget.