Kitchen trends for the coming year reflect a desire for spaces that seamlessly blend style and comfort. Trends this year also integrate technology, use of natural materials, and more eco-friendly appliances to help to reduce energy consumption and waste.
The styles below explore the latest practical solutions for the hardest working room in your home, the kitchen.
Modern kitchens are known for their sleek lines, minimalist designs, and neutral colours. Cabinetry and countertops often incorporate modern materials like stainless steel or even concrete for a more contemporary look.
Stainless steel remains a must-have in any contemporary kitchen, with its versatility, durability, and aesthetic appeal. In moderation it adds a sleek look with easy-to-clean and corrosion-resistant surfaces.
In excess, however, it can create an unwelcoming commercial kitchen atmosphere rather than a warm and inviting space.
If the space is available, kitchen islands are a great way to increase counter space. Modern, smaller kitchens can make use of an array of creative furniture pieces to work as island alternatives. From tables on wheels or folding tables, to free-standing countertop shelving units, island substitutes are easy to find.
Regardless of kitchen size these solutions save space while adding extra functionality. You can also choose from small bar tables for an added touch of sophistication.
Kitchen styles with industrial designs often feature metal finishes and exposed pipes for an edgier look.
Kitchen designs with exposed pipework add an industrial flair. Instead of concealing pipes in walls or furnishings, designers now showcase them as structural elements and accent pieces with purpose.
Chrome elements add an exciting finishing touch to the industrial-style kitchen. Consider introducing barstools and chairs with a chrome finish to match your hardware or faucet.
Kitchen styles with distressed wood and muted colors feel welcoming and homey. Materials like reclaimed wood, stone, and metal are used to create unique cabinetry and countertops. Kitchen designs with rustic appeal often emphasize natural elements such as plants and artwork, while still offering practical solutions for everyday living. A rustic kitchen style is perfect for homeowners looking to create a warm and inviting space.
The apron sink provides functionality, with its deep basin and exposed front. Its large capacity makes it ideal for washing dishes and harder-to-clean items more efficiently. You may even want to consider an apron sink for your laundry room!
The primary draw of a pull-down faucet is its ability to freely move the faucet head in any direction. It's perfect for cleaning bulky items, like large pots and pans. Copper provides an evocative, warm alternative to stainless steel, and never goes out of style.
Tile floors are an excellent option for any kitchen. Not only does tile add beauty to the space, but it is incredibly durable and resistant to water damage, stains, pets, heavy foot traffic, and more. It is available in a wide range of colours, styles, and shapes. Porcelain tile, ceramic tile, and stone are all commonly used in kitchen designs.
Smart kitchens focus on making life easier with the integration of technology such as voice control, automated systems, and internet-connected appliances. A smart kitchen style also emphasizes the use of natural materials like wood, stone, and metal to create custom kitchen cabinetry and countertops that are timeless and elegant.
One of the most powerful tools a kitchen savant could want is a food disposal sink. Dispose of leftover food without damaging pipes. This sink type helps streamline kitchen cleaning by quickly grinding up food refuse so it can be easily washed away. Additionally, its design helps eliminate odours since food waste is processed and disposed of within the sink itself.
A touchless faucet is a godsend for busy homes and commercial kitchens. The hands-free design helps promote good hygiene practices by reducing contact with potentially germy surfaces.
Some models are even equipped with motion sensors that detect when someone is near and automatically turn the water off after a few seconds of inactivity.
In addition to convenience and improved cleanliness, touchless faucets are an energy efficient choice for their users since they conserve water by only running when needed.
Life in just about any home revolves around the kitchen. It's natural to want to create a space that captures the imagination, that's perfect for preparing meals, entertaining, or just living in. Hopefully this style guide makes a good starting point for you to create the kitchen of your dreams!
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