10 Trends for Kitchens in 2015

Top Kitchen Trends

10 of the Top Trends for Kitchens in 2015

 

White is Boring…

Wellborn Cabinets

Gray is the New White

Gray is the New White

Wondering what color to paint your cabinets? The kitchen industry’s leading manufacturers say that while white cabinets continue to be tops, gray is the shade they’re betting on to break white’s top spot. This kitchen by Wellborn pairs soft gray cabinets with richly stained wood showcasing yet another kitchen trend — combining cabinet colors is a trendy look that’s holding strong. Image courtesy of Wellborn Cabinets

 

Forget the Hinges…

Blum

Opt for New Functionality

Opt for New Functionality

Not only is the color of kitchen cabinets changing — hardware manufacturers, like Blum, are changing the way cabinet doors and drawers function. These hydraulic, easy-close doors fold up and out of the way with the touch of a button making them perfect for kitchens where space is an issue.

 

High Contrast…

IKEA kitchen

Classic Black and White Palette

Classic Black and White Palette

The look may change as styles evolve, but the appeal of a black-and-white kitchen never dies.  It’s all about high contrast — this design from IKEA juxtaposes white lacquer cabinets (from IKEA’s LIDINGO line) and Absolute Black granite countertops, but it also benefits from the tension between country and modern.  Warm rustic hardwood floors are an effective counterpoint to sleek cabinet materials.  Image courtesy of IKEA.

 

Be Bold…

Vasi Ypsilantis Kitchen

Choose Bold Fixtures

Choose Bold Fixtures

Bold color isn’t the only way to create excitement.  Kitchen designer Vasi Ypsilantis used these oversized light fixtures with black fabric shades from Tech Lighting to add some wow: “They’re about 2 feet in diameter and are slightly larger than you would expect for the space,” she says.  “But they give a great sense of depth perception and create drama in a room with a typical low ceiling.”  The luxurious cabinets are Poggenpohi’s March Oak Veneer with a rich near-black stain.  Image courtesy of Poggenpohl

 

Hands-Free…

 

Moen Automated Fixtures

Add in Automation

Add in Automation

The kitchen of the future is here today.  From sensor-activated lights that illuminate the kitchen only when it’s in use to meat thermometers that alert your smartphone when dinner is done, kitchen technology is here to make your life easier.  If you’re new to automation, a great introductory product is a hands-free faucet, like this one by Moen.  Perfect for homes with small children who can’t yet reach the handle or any kitchen where busy cooks often have sticky hand.  Image courtesy of Moen

 

Space it Out…

Poggenpohl kitchen

Go Commercial-Grade

Go Commercial-Grade

This residential kitchen with commercial flair was designed by Poggenpohl team Tedd McKee and Rosemary Porto in collaboration with architecture firm CUBE 3 Studio.  Functionally, the room was laid out to maximize prep space for cooking; visually, the sense of immense space was heightened by using three different types of engineered stone for the backsplash, the countertop and the island topper.  The neutral background is broken with a dash of bright orange in the light fixtures — an easily changeable feature when you’re in the mood for a different color.  Image courtesy of Poggenpohl.

 

Fake it ’til You Make It…

Wilsonart immitation granite countertop

Save Money With a Look-Alike

Save Money With a Look-Alike

Countertops continue to define a kitchen’s style — but they don’t have to be a budget-buster.  This granite look-alike from Wilsonart is actually laminate but unlike previous laminate countertops features a more realistic, larger stone pattern and rounded edge for a high-end granite look at a fraction of the price.  Image courtesy of Wilsonart

 

Crystals or Stones…

Caesarstone quartz countertops

New Colors for Quartz

New Colors for Quartz

Along with natural stone, quartz countertops continue to be tops.  Caesarstone recently introduced a line of six neutral colors for its durable quartz countertops.  Shown in the grayish-beige “Linen”, whose subtle color gradation lends itself well to sleek contemporary designs.  Nonporous and are resistant to heat, quartz countertops are also resistant to spills and scratches, making them a smart choice for families or busy cooks.  Image courtesy of Caesarstone

 

…Or Wood…

EnGrain wood counter

Mix Countertop Materials

Mix Countertop Materials

If you’re in the market for a fashion-forward countertop, granite, quartz, and laminate are no longer your only choices.  Wood countertops are coming on strong.  This kitchen by EnGrain combines the warmth of wood with cool Calacatta marble for the best of both worlds.  Image courtesy of EnGrain

 

Open for Anything…

IKEA kitchen

Flexible Palette

Flexible Palette

“Keeping a kitchen neutral allows you to personalize it to reflect your style,” says IKEA spokesperson Mary Ann Barroso.  “This RAMSJO kitchen in red-brown can be matched to be on trend with lavenders, purples and mauves — we have a kitchen in our showroom accessorized that way right now.”  The real treat in this otherwise traditional kitchen is the unexpected light fixtures: IKEA’s industrial-chic OTTAVA pendant lamps in aluminum, with shades made of mouth-blown glass.  Image courtesy of IKEA

 

 

 

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