Thinking of a kitchen remodel and want to know what the latest trends are?
According to a December article by Realtor Magazine the latest kitchen design elements are:
- White still reigns but color shows up in cabinetry, appliances, and countertops.
- Lighting is now in layers rather than a trio of pendants above an island.
- Steam ovens are the hottest new appliance.
The kitchen has always been the heart of the home, but during the pandemic it became the focal point for not only cooking, but also gathering, entertaining and working! Therefore, according to Joe Fava, CEO of Fava Design Group in Miami, people are now putting more into their kitchens: bigger refrigerators and sinks and second appliances (like dishwashers and ovens) and even second islands.
Kitchen colors are changing. Although white cabinets remain the most popular choice, according to the Houzz design site, the trend is moving toward additional color and warmth. Medium green cabinetry is becoming popular, as well as dramatic quartzite countertops and backsplashes. Taupe-gray is another color becoming popular for wood cabinets.
In addition to color, wood veneers are also in vogue as part of the forest bathing trend, says Fava. “Clients come to us with an interest in a warmer aesthetic of a wood veneer in anigre, an exotic wood, or sometimes a lighter wood color.”
With advancements in LED technology, new lighting options continue to roll out, according to kitchen designer Mick De Giulio of de Giulio Kitchen Design in Chicago. “You can now incorporate small, beautiful lights in colors that range from 2700 to 3000 Kelvin—warm to cool—and layer different effects throughout any room,” he says. In a kitchen, De Giulio likes to use lighting to outline a room’s features—floor toe kicks, cabinets, backsplashes. For more decorative purposes, he may add wall sconces or a linear fixture above a kitchen island. Recessed cans have gone out of style because they make a ceiling look cluttered.
Cabinetry is going in a few different directions. Some are taking cues from European-inspired design.
Some homeowners consider a steam oven today’s “it” appliance choice because allows for healthy cooking.
Try larger flooring tiles, and go seamless with the backsplash and countertop. The same material is being used for both areas to offer a less choppy, seamless look, says Norman.
From Realtor.com Magazine, by Barbara Ballinger, December 10th, 2021