Many home builders report that kitchen colors are changing. Though white as a main color will still dominate, everything else, including back-splashes and cabinets, will be featured in charcoal, gray and pastels like pale blue and green mostly. There are also many tinted whites as opposed to standard, bright white.
So if future homeowners or remodelers were hoping for bold primary colors, they may want to think again. Not even as accent colors are they going to be popular; stick with muted tones as primary and accent color choices.
Lighter wood tones like whitewash, oak and walnut are becoming more popular as well. Dark was dominant the last few years, so this is a big switch.
Smart Kitchen Spaces
Be ready to include more high-tech options in the kitchen, because according to many, technology is taking over. A featured space for smart devices is one change that many want, like hidden charging stations for phones and tablets.
Offering convenience for everyone in the family is important, especially since they are so on the go. State-of-the-art ovens, stove tops, refrigerators and even small appliances will be featured. Built in coffee makers and wine coolers give an air of luxury to the kitchen.
The '80s Are Back
Just when everyone thought the 80's had come and gone, it surprises us all with things like mirror back splashes, brass faucets and accessories, and glossy surfaces of times gone by. Of course, they have that 'new flair' according to home builders, so anyone hesitant about implementing them should give these more elegant versions a second chance.
Metallic finishes reigned as a recent trend for kitchens. Copper, bronze and brass were all desirable. They were mostly used in small fixtures like lighting, faucets, and accessories like soap dishes and drawer or cabinet pulls.
Now, metal are being much more prominently used in range hoods. The range hood is becoming a sort of centerpiece for the kitchen. Wooden hoods will be replaced with all or partial metal versions. The contrast with the subdued hues is stunning.
Otherwise known as an open floor plan, an integrated space between the kitchen, living room and family room is preferred by the majority of homeowners. This layout allows whomever is working in the kitchen to interact with everyone else in the family, or with guests.
The change lies in the use of hidden or integrated appliances to converge the kitchen with other nearby living spaces for a shortened feeling.
Today's kitchens will go with more simple designs according to design specialists, but that seemingly new, clean feel is associated with older traditions. This means it's not the end of traditional designs. Many homeowners are happy with less detail and more strategically placed accents.
Bold lines are sought after so that the main elements of the kitchen stand out. These include the range hood, kitchen islands and cabinet crowns, among other things.
A final kitchen trend to take note of it contrasting textures. Look for texture-on-top-of-texture type designs or a re-positioning of the same texture in different patterns. The subtle difference makes a big statement when done right.
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