The kitchen is a place to gather, and thus the space deserves considerable attention to detail and design. Utilizing different trending design tactics, you can craft the perfect space, whether you prefer a modern look or a traditional feel (or both!). Below, we’ve discussed the latest trends in kitchen and bathroom design, and how you can integrate them during your next remodeling or design project.
Closed cabinets can make a space feel smaller, especially if the cabinets are dark in nature. Open shelving and cabinetry is a new trend that makes the kitchen space more interesting and gives you a chance to show off particularly interesting pieces and add a pop of color to the kitchen or bathroom.
Both kitchen and bathroom design are expected to see a continuing shift towards stone cabinets, countertops, and appliances. Stone is very aesthetically pleasing and can suit a wide array of tastes, and it is also very durable. Stone cabinet cladding is the latest and greatest in kitchen and bath design, and Natural Stone Designs can help you with your needs. Our craftsmanship is unparalleled. We will use state of the art equipment and technique to accomplish your dream kitchen or bath. We use full slabs of natural stone to accomplish the appropriate thickness for countertops and cladding of cabinet side panels, drawers, doors, and dishwasher panels to create an astonishing piece of art. We have experience with creating homogenous stone surfaces which are also known as cabinet cladding. Cabinet cladding is when cabinetry is covered with marble, granite, quartzite, or a similar engineered stone instead of just replacing the wood in the cabinet. Usually, this cladding matches similar surfaces in the kitchen.
Bringing Dark Colors to the Kitchen
Some designers consider darker colors in the kitchen to be the largest design trend of the year! The white modern kitchen is shifting to integrate darker details that add warmth and character to the room. Blacklight fixtures, handles, or backsplashes are increasingly popular and this trend is expected to continue.
Energy Efficiency & Insulation
Increased attention to energy efficiency is a trend across the board, but the kitchen is a great place to opt for appliances that will save you money in the long run. These design choices include LED lights that will help keep the kitchen cooler, Energy Star appliances that can save you up to 30% on your electric bill, and temperature-controlled refrigerators. The bathroom and kitchen are also great spots to consider weatherproofing windows, as poor insulation and weak windows are likely letting hot and cool air out, bringing up your electricity bill without you even realizing it.
Aging in Place Design
Many homeowners also consider how their needs are going to change as they age, and how design changes now can benefit them in the long run. In the kitchen, these design alterations can include a pullout pantry, rounded edges, home handrails, and putting appliances at or below countertop height.
Eye Catching Countertops
Countertops set the stage for the rest of the kitchen. No matter which material you choose, they’re highly customizable, as there are a variety of quartz countertop colors and textures to choose from. An eye-catching countertop is best paired with a backsplash that gives the kitchen personality and offers a pop of color and a complementary design.
When it comes to crafting an on-trend kitchen or bathroom, the possibilities are endless. Whether you prefer a more traditional space or are looking for something modern and bold, these trends should help guide you to your dream kitchen.
Written by Mandy Lee, a contributor to Innovative Construction Materials. She is a blogger and content writer for the building materials industry. Mandy is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.