5 Hot Trends in Kitchen Design

By Victoria Blackburn

Modern KitchenAnyone who has ever been to, or hosted, any kind of house party or get-together knows that no matter how great the rest of your home looks, guests invariably end up in the kitchen. It really is the heart of the home, and is where a lot of time is spent. The last thing you want is to have a super stylish and trendy home and then have your old, dated kitchen let you down. To make sure you have the hottest kitchen on the block, check out the latest trends in kitchen design:

1. Going green (and not just the color)

Environmentally friendly and sustainable products are popular for every room, with the kitchen being no different. Renewable and recycled materials are used to create unique counters from colorful recycled plastic, earth-friendly bamboo, and man-made quartz. Replacing older appliances with smaller and more energy-efficient ones will make your kitchen look modern and up-to-date while saving you money on your energy bills.

2. Mix it up

Gone are the days of monochromatic kitchens. Just like cooking, current kitchens are made with a pinch of this and a dash of that. Modern appliances and fixtures blend seamlessly with vintage cabinets and retro backsplashes. Different colors, different materials, and different styles create a kitchen that is unique and full of character.

3. High tech

This isn’t your grandmother’s kitchen – or even your mother’s. The future is now, and your kitchen doesn’t have to be left behind when it comes to high-tech gadgetry. LCD screens can be found anywhere and everywhere. From the ventilation hood to your fridge door, you can be keeping up with the latest headlines, watching your favorite shows or listening to music while working or eating in the kitchen.

4. Add a splash of color

There are so many different ways to add an artistic flourish to your kitchen. Recently, backsplashes in all manner or materials and colors gained popularity as a way to make a kitchen unique. This year, colorful countertops made from stone, glass, or recycled materials can jazz up a kitchen. While stainless steel appliances are still popular, they are definitely losing ground to those that come in brighter hues. Dishwashers, fridges, and stoves are all available from different manufacturers in a range of colors (up to 190 different options for one brand of gas oven).

5. Make it convenient

Cooking your own meals has never been more efficient. Restaurant-inspired products are making working in the kitchen a lot more convenient. Pot-filler faucets located at the oven, sink systems with a range of accessories including an integrated colander and cutting board, and appliances with drawers all turn working in the kitchen into enjoying your time in the kitchen. While a lot of time is spent focused on other areas in a home, the kitchen is really the most happening place. Keeping up with the latest in home decor and keeping your kitchen up-to-date will ensure that your home’s most happening place stays that way.