By Meghan Belnap
Renovating is a time when the excitement of having a new kitchen space becomes heavy with choices and long-term decisions. With so many options to choose from, the process can feel like more of a burden than a joy. But it doesn't have to be that way. By keeping up with the latest kitchen design trends, you can make sure your renovation is both stylish and practical. Here are some of the top kitchen design trends to consider for your next project.
One of the hottest trends in kitchen design regardless of the overall design theme is two-tone cabinetry. This trend allows you to mix and match different colors and finishes to create a unique look for your kitchen. For example, you could pair white upper cabinets with dark lower cabinets or vice versa. Or, you could opt for a more dramatic look by pairing a bright color with a neutral shade.
It's been years since modern kitchen design made a fiery comeback, and it's still going strong. Often marked by minimalism and a bit of an industrial edge, this style is perfect for those who want a clean and sleek space. This type of kitchen will typically feature very basic cabinetry, often replacing upper cabinets for custom shelving. Simple, easy-to-clean backsplash tiles and stone countertops give the space a no-fuss feel. These kitchens work best for those who don't need a lot of extra storage space and do relatively simple cooking.
This kitchen design is perfect for those who love the rustic look. Often featuring shaker-style cabinetry and plenty of wood, farmhouse kitchens are warm and inviting. They exude a well-used vibe that gently conveys that we're all family here, and we're not going to sweat that you dropped that egg on the floor. If you're not fortunate enough to have an old beautiful farmhouse, don't fret, you can still get the look with custom cabinets made by craftsmen who know exactly how to get new cabinets to look like old cabinets.
This is a great way to keep your small appliances hidden when they're not in use, but still easily accessible. It's perfect for those who like the aesthetic of purely decorative counter space, but still want the convenience of pulling out the toaster, coffee maker, or pressure cooker without digging for it.
This is a space-saving dream come true. The drawer microwave frees up counter space and can be placed at various heights, making it easier to use for everyone in the family.
Gone are the days when odd, narrow spaces were simply capped off with wood trim. Cabinet makers have invented ways of using every morsel of space in a kitchen by creating decorative pullout cabinets that craftily store bakeware, tall and narrow pantry items, and spices.
This is a must-have for any kitchen, as it not only looks great, but it's also functional. Under-cabinet lighting makes it easy to see what you're working on, no matter the time of day.
The above are just some trendy kitchen ideas that you can incorporate into your home renovation. While this list is just the beginning, it can help jumpstart your creative thinking and give your renovation team a base to build from.