Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2015-16
While open concepts are certainly gaining popularity, some are reluctant to tear down all walls on the first floor. Well, transitional kitchens answer those fears and more.
As the name suggests, transitional kitchens blend a functional kitchen space with a sit-down dining area, a comfortable living room or an outdoor space. With its open look, this type of kitchen allows easy flow from one area to another. Islands are staples in transitional kitchens as more and more homeowners choose to not only use it for prep, but casual dining as well.
White & Gray Cabinets
With more and more homeowners going the transitional or modern route, white kitchen cabinets have started to take shape. According to Houzz’s 2014 Kitchen Remodeling Survey, 49% of their 3,500 users said they currently own white kitchen cabinets. Clearly, white is the dominant color for kitchen cabinets in 2015 and most likely, will remain so next year.
Classic Black & White
You don’t mess with the classic and many homeowners have taken that to heart and stuck with the classic black and white look in their kitchen remodels.
We could all use more storage. Since the kitchen is the most trafficked room in the home, it tends to pile up once and a while. As such, crafty and strategic homeowners are installing clever storage options, such as:
- Clever corner cabinets or Lazy Susans
- Freestanding pantries
- Slender pullout cabinets
- Rollout trash bins
- Shelves or magazine files behind cabinet doors
- Multi-tiered drawers
- Built-in chopping blocks
- Hidden docking stations to charge electronics
There’s no better or more popular kitchen countertop option for 2015 and 2016 than quartz counters. Nonporous and resistant to heat, quartz countertops are resistant to spills and scratches, making them a smart choice for families or busy cooks (so everyone).
Every square inch of your kitchen should be used to improve the design and flow of your new kitchen. Homeowners are no longer ignoring the area between their sinks/counters and upper cabinets. They are instead installing colorful, eye-catching backsplashes.
Kitchen floors get dirty as the kitchen is often the first room people enter when coming home from a long day. Fortunately, hardwood floors are extremely durable and very easy to clean.
Apron, or farmhouse, sinks are quickly becoming the most popular sink style across the country. Their big exterior blends well with almost any kitchen design and gives you more than enough space to clean and scrub those big pans.
If you want to start off slow, go with a hands-free faucet or automatic lights as you enter the kitchen. Yes, these are costlier upgrades, but once you go hands-free with your kitchen faucet, I guarantee, you won’t go back.