Interior Design Trends: Kitchens

Results of a just-released survey by Houzz showed that, while bigger kitchens may not be trending, the open kitchen concept remains strong, with 77% of those polled saying their new kitchen will be open to other rooms of the house.

61% of remodelers are electing to incorporate 
kitchen islands while 94% are changing
countertops. Granite and quartz top the list of options. Tile and glass are the preferred materials for back splash choices.

Stainless remains a strong appliance trend with 65% compared with 16% who choose integrated appliances and 12% going with white or colors. 7% are combining appliance finishes.

The appliance wish list is topped by chef’s stove at 32%, followed by 17% selecting double ovens. 9% choose an induction cook top, 7% opt for a wine refrigerator, and another 7% go for a dishwasher drawer.

49% of those polled stated the importance of eco-friendly appliances and materials.

Decorative elements like color, cabinet selection, 
lighting, or flooring weren’t included in
the survey. As an Interior Designer, I’m finding that clients are gravitating towards either neutral wood, black or white cabinetry, adding color to countertops, backsplashes, walls, ceilings, or floors.

As often occurs with open concept kitchens, instead of completely removing a wall, an island is created that separates the kitchen from the rest of the home. Islands provide storage and serve as a dining counter. One of my signature touches is to dress up the kitchen island that fronts on a 
dining or living room so that it is in keeping 
with the design scheme of the home.

Also important to homeowners is space for casual dining either a counter with stools, table and chairs, or built-in nook.

Overall, it’s the kitchen’s amenities that make the space not size. Bigger is not necessarily better; instead, creative use of space, layout, and appliances are most important.

If you need help with kitchen design, a fresh eye may help. Email your photos and questions to me.

For more inspiration on kitchens and other rooms in your home, browse my website.

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