If you are renovating your kitchen and want to do it in style, here are the top design trends experts say are here to stay.
Incorporating all or some of these ideas into your remodel can be a smart move, especially if you are flipping a house or updating your current home to put it up for sale.
Open Concept Kitchen
More and more people want a seamless flow between the kitchen, dining and living room areas in their homes. This allows for fast, easy access to each of these essential spaces, more flexible entertaining and interactions with family and guests.
If you are remodeling an old kitchen and want to open up its floor plan, you may need to knock down a wall or two. This can increase your total kitchen remodeling cost by $3,000-5,000 or more. In some cases, depending on the construction of your home, such a significant change may not be possible and the walls would have to stay.
It is best to request free estimates and a consultation from your local kitchen remodel pros to come with a kitchen floor plan you would like.
Kitchens are becoming more modern, so the look of natural wood cabinets is often no longer fitting in these spaces. Instead, homeowners opt for white color cabinets (variations of white) – this is still a top choice, because it offers a timeless appeal that looks good in pretty much any type of kitchen.
One of the newest ideas is to install dark color cabinets, such as shades of grey, black, and even navy. These rich colors offer a luxurious yet contemporary look that pairs well with a variety of countertop materials and other elements of kitchen decor.
If you are going for a more dramatic, bolder look, a hot trend is to install two-tone cabinets. Usually contrasting colors work best, and you can also incorporate wood cabinetry into this type of design.
One of the most popular kitchen remodeling projects that can drastically change the look and feel of the entire space is to install new countertops. This year, the longstanding battle between granite vs quartz kitchen countertops has come to an end, with quartz hailed as the winner.
As of this year, granite is no longer the top choice for counters. It has given up its first place to more versatile, lower maintenance, man-made materials. In addition to quartz, we will be seeing a lot more concrete, laminate, and nano-tech countertops in the modern kitchen.
In terms of cost, quartz kitchen counters are more expensive than granite. Basic countertop color options start at $80 per square foot installed. Quartz counters that replicate the look and of marble can cost as much as $135 per square foot installed.
Large, Multi Purpose Kitchen Island
Another emerging trend is a very large island that serves multiple functions. It is no longer used just as a piece of decor, or an additional food prep station, or a dining area.
The island can include storage cabinetry, a range cook top, a bar, dining-style seating, a full oven and other types of under-counter appliances. As a result of increased functionality, the size of the island has become significantly larger, and its a much more prominent, must-have feature in the kitchen.
The classic, warm look of hardwood flooring is still in, even in very modern kitchens. Many homeowners are rediscovering that hardwoods can add elegance to any kitchen design, and don’t have to be relegated to traditional spaces.
If you love the look of hardwood floors, but don’t want to bother with the maintenance there are engineered wood flooring options, as well as porcelain tile replicas of natural wood.
Hardwood remains one of the most expensive kitchen flooring options, second only to natural stone, such as slate or marble. It can cost $7-12 per square foot to install a high quality wood floor. However, if you are doing a high-end kitchen remodel, this is a worthwhile investment that is sure to pay off.
One of the newest ideas that is quickly growing is installing colorful appliances. For decades, white used to be the golden standard. Then, it has been replaced by stainless steel, which seemed to be the here to stay forever. Well, it turns out that today people want color, and that includes kitchen appliances!
If you still want something similar to a stainless look, there is dark brushed metal finish. For more daring souls, there are bold bright colors to choose from. These include: navy blue (so far most popular), bright red, emerald green and even yellow.
Incorporate Wood And Metal
Moreover, to add a unique decorative touch to your kitchen, experts suggest using wood or metal accents. You can also use both! These can be in the form of an island countertop, floating shelving, bar stools, lighting, backsplash, wood ceiling beams, etc. There is really an endless repertoire of ideas with these two timeless materials.
Wood accents can make your kitchen feel more rustic and homey, while metal will add a touch of modernity and industrial style.
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