A load-bearing wall was removed to make way for this large family kitchen boasting two islands and seating for five. White cabinetry, Silestone countertops, and white tile provide a rich contrast for the dark cherry island, stained maple flooring, and walnut butcher block table. Crystal chandeliers and knobs, and custom turned legs along with a keyed arched hood provide elegant details for this family friendly space.
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From simple and sleek in whites and greys, to comfort and flexibility, these trends will light your way to what’s current in kitchen design.
#1. Get Trendy with Transitional
Any designer will tell you that clean lines and transitional styling is what’s in demand. Gone are the days of ornate cabinet doors and detailed corbals. Simple inset doors and drawers as well as framed doors with flat panels lead the charge. Shaker and variations on Shaker remain popular because of their styling versatility.
#2. Custom Cabinetry Wins for Its Options
With today’s kitchens trending toward open-concept and allowance for multi-functionality, having a kitchen design that reflects the family’s lifestyle is pushing the custom cabinetry sector along nicely. Semi-custom and stock cabinet companies seem to be taking tips from the custom cabinet lines by offering choices that were traditionally regarded as higher end. While this has added more options, most homeowners are drawn to the unlimited choices and flexibility custom cabinetry has to offer.
#3. Mix and Match
Whites and greys have vastly grown in popularity over the past five years. With such a large focus going to the lighter painted colors, darker stains continue to be on the rise. Primarily to act as a contrast to the lighter and more neutral colors being used. Additionally, mixing different materials is also on the rise. It’s not uncommon to see glass, metal, and wood all being used in one kitchen design.
#4. Significance of Storage
With the trend towards downsizing, resulting in downsized kitchens, homeowners are hot for the latest and greatest storage options. Lazy susans are being replaced by corner drawer units and storage that works for all family members. A place for anything and everything in its place keeps a kitchen functioning smoothly.
#5. Let LED Light Your Way
With quality going up and price coming down, LED lighting is not only becoming a standard in kitchen design, it’s changing the way kitchens are designed. LED lighting is being used in about every possible way including general and task lighting as well as accent lighting. Undercabinet lights are becoming a staple for kitchens because of the bright task light they give off. Increasing the brightness in areas which traditionally were dim or would get too hot with halogen lights allows designers to create beautiful spaces highlighted by good lighting.
Source: Kitchen & Bath Design News