So, what's trending? Nearly every facet of interior design is moving toward minimal, functional design. Kitchens are no exception. The National Kitchen and Bath Association’s (NKBA) latest report on industry trends confirms this. Released in January, these are the NKBA's top 10 kitchen design trends for 2015:
- Clean, contemporary, and a fusion of styles
- European-styled cabinets
- Multiples of appliances in the same kitchen
- Steam ovens
- Furniture-style pieces
- Outdoor kitchens
- Less standard kitchen tables
- TVs and docking stations
- Wine refrigerators
- User experience
There are more, of course. Along with the NKBA’s report, we’ve listened to what the top home improvement sources are saying about today’s kitchen designs. Without further ado, here’s what you should be incorporating into your kitchen design this year:
This isn’t your ‘80s brass, though. The key here is to incorporate via smaller accessories as opposed to furniture pieces and countertops. Modern brass is much more toned down and industrial, so don’t overdo it. Strategically place it throughout your kitchen for the right amount of oomph.
Most importantly, navigating your kitchen shouldn’t be a workout. Make sure you leave enough walkway space between two cabinet ends, for example. About three feet is recommended.
You also shouldn’t have a tough time grabbing the items you need to cook. These two rule-of-thumbs will make sure you won’t work up a sweat:
- Put more drawers than doors. According to the NKBA’s 2015 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report, pullouts and rollouts were specified by more than 90 percent of respondents in 2014. It’s easier to fetch your pots, pans, and cooking utensils from pull out drawers, especially if you have back or knee problems. Drawers also display all of your utensils at the same time.
- Eliminate blind corner cabinets. Not only does it turn into a junk bin that you never use, but it also isn’t easy to access. There’s a lot of bending and reaching involved that, frankly, isn’t convenient for anyone. A Lazy Susan is an effective use of space and highly functional – buy one.
According to Cambria Style, Interior designer Lisa Knight, of Lisa Lynn Designs in Lousiville, KY, says a black and white color motif is the way to go with farmhouse mod. Contrast dark cabinets with a pure white backsplash, for example.
Here are other ways to get the farmhouse mod look:
- Use rustic and industrial décor.
- Go with simple cabinet door styles. Don’t get fancy.
- Weathered wood flooring is the best way to go, whether it’s real wood, vinyl, or wood look porcelain.
- Opt for open shelf cabinets for a cleaner design. Glass cabinet fronts help too.
- Choose stainless steel appliances. A chimney style range hood is a plus.
But if your island is going to replace a piece of furniture, it has to look the part. That’s why homeowners are designing islands with these decorative features:
- Roped legs
- Matching end panels
- Accent pieces
Done right, glass door fronts are a clean, decorative addition to your wall cabinets. Just make sure to clear away the clutter first – all of your finest dishes and utensils will be on display for your guests to see.
The NKBA says a rustic/contemporary design style is today’s modern, but that rustic, Tuscan, and Provincial designs are clearly outdated. Homeowners should also steer clear from red, bronze and terra cotta color schemes.
So what color schemes should you incorporate? Here’s the dish on what’s popular:
- According to the NKBA, white and gray are the most sought-after color schemes this year.
- About 20 percent of survey respondents expected to design a black or blue kitchen this year.
- 40 percent designed a kitchen with green tones in 2014.
- It’s a waste of space. Unless you’re planning to decorate, furdowns are essentially useless. You can’t store dishes, pots, or pans up there. Remember, function is at the forefront of 2015 kitchen remodeling trends.
- It interrupts your cabinet design. With the way interior design is shifting toward cohesive, unified looks, furdowns certainly stick out like a crooked wall. Making your wall cabinets large enough to fill the gap gives you extra storage space and better showcases your cabinet design.
Some furdowns are still well-executed (like the kitchen above). For a contemporary tweak, use two different lengths of wall cabinets for a staggered effect. It’s just jarring enough to be trendy.