Kitchen: A gathering place for friends and family and a place where memories are homemade and seasoned with love.
The kitchen has often been regarded as the heart and soul of a home. It is a place where family and friends congregate, share a meal and dine together. And it seems to be the only place at home where everyone in the household would not only eat together but enjoy each others company as well.
It is for this reason that kitchens should not only have all the appropriate appliances to produce a good meal but provide that distinct homey ambiance for dining and coming together as well. However, when it comes to remodeling your kitchen, you need to be extra careful in following trends as you would not want to be stuck with a trend that would be rendered obsolete in a few years.
Observe and survey trends and consider how they will bring to more value to your home and to your life. This is to ensure you are getting the best by making choices that will last. Regardless of whether you are giving the kitchen of youra facelift, or expanding and remodeling the kitchen of your apartment, here are six of the best trends with staying power.
Soft muted color palettes
A kitchen’s color would undoubtedly contribute to how its overall ambiance will be, and though white motifs still reign supreme, everything else in the kitchen should be painted in less saturated tones such as cabinets to backsplashes.
Alternatively, instead of letting white dominate, opt for subtle tones such as charcoal and greys—you can even be a bit more daring by choosing neutral pastels such as pale blue, green gray and tinted whites. In this way, you create interest in your kitchen other than simply coloring it in white.
Chuck out the big appliances in favor of smaller appliances
Minimalist living should not only be limited to the number of appliances you have but should also extend to the kind of appliances you have. Nowadays, having smaller appliances is more practical as it takes a lot less space and functions roughly the same way its bigger counterparts do. Indeed, micro-living does have its fair share of advantages—especially for individuals who crave a lot of floor space.
On another note, if you are living alone or are just a couple, consider having a micro-kitchen which would feature only a two-burner cooktop, combo microwave/convection oven and an 18-inch dishwasher and a 60-inch fridge or refrigerator drawer—less appliance, more floor space.
Decorative Lighting augment any room’s ambiance and atmosphere, and this would invariably include the kitchen. An excellent choice for your home’s scullery would be bold and oversized lighting choices for that dramatic flair and functionality in your kitchen. Situate these lights overhead the kitchen counters to create a subtle but dramatic look.
Go for glass
Show off your beautiful plates and silver cutlery by doing away with the cabinet doors and replacing them with glass doors. If you have mainly decorative utensils, they should not be concealed away behind wooden cabinet doors and underneath kitchen drawers, but displayed behind glass doors. This will add to the overall visual aesthetic of your kitchen and extend the visual boundaries, and it would allow you to add more personalization to the space by displaying some of your favorite utensils.
Fewer doors more drawers
A kitchen with plenty of storage would always do anyone good, but instead of adding more doors opt to add extra cabinets instead. Additionally, having more drawers would add more to functionality when it comes to storage and is sleeker in design as opposed to doors. Create a design that is unique to your kitchen by incorporating bold hardware onto your drawers to have a more visual design appeal.
Lighting should not be limited solely to the walls and ceiling of your kitchen—extend it beyond that and create a design that is both aesthetic and practical. This would not only give your kitchen a subtle visual appeal and truly amp up the design factor, but it would undoubtedly be very functional for illuminating the dark corners of your cabinet—especially if a cabinet is particularly big.
Instead of having to use a flashlight in looking for certain items at the back, incorporating a light on the insides of your cabinet would allow you to access essential items immediately. Complement these with glass cabinets and you would create a sophisticated and modern kitchen design.