Today’s modern kitchen serves as a family center for home entertainment and activities. Now they are open and well lit places. Kitchen size and design should address your family’s lifestyle and how your kitchen is used for cooking, eating and entertaining. Since the kitchen has to fulfill more functions than any other room in the house, it has also had to increase in size. Today’s kitchen design challenge is to create an open kitchen, one that is part of a dining room, family room, or so-called great room.
Both the function and style of the modern kitchen play an important role when approaching a kitchen renovation or design project.
Whether you’re remodeling an existing kitchen or planning an additional kitchen or new home, here are some current kitchen design trends to consider.
One of the newest trends in modern kitchen design ideas is to make the kitchen part of a “great room”, that is, to combine the kitchen with an adjacent family room. To create the great room, the wall separating the kitchen and family room or dining room is completely removed, creating a more open space centered around a spacious kitchen island or peninsula.
There are some definite advantages to kitchen expansion. It can open up the space, and by doing so, it makes both the kitchen and the other room look and feel more spacious. Plus, since kitchen cabinets, countertops, and appliances are beautiful pieces of furniture in their own right, now you can show off your new kitchen. Your remodeling costs won’t really go up much when you open up the kitchen, aside from the cost of the extra cabinets. Regardless, the additional cost that would be put into this type of kitchen design would be more than offset by the increase in the value of your home.
Vanity-style cabinetry will continue to be a popular trend in kitchen design, at least according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). These cabinet-style cabinets are considered especially popular in the development of kitchen islands. Features that give cabinets a furniture-like appearance are legs or feet, corbel inlays, and moldings. Cabinet doors are made from solid hardwoods, with maple and cherry being the most popular. In terms of finishes, light and medium finishes remain popular, although kitchen designers and trend watchers are also seeing a growing interest in rich, deep browns, influenced to some extent by the furniture industry and to create a more formal look for the kitchen.
Cabinet makers and kitchen designers are starting to design more individual and free-standing cabinets instead of the usual built-in cabinets for extended “big room” kitchens. This is known as the ‘unfitted’ kitchen design, first popularized by English designers and cabinet makers. This also leads to another trend of incorporating traditional quality furniture features such as glazed, distressed and antique finishes.
Both cast iron and stainless steel undermount sinks are among the recent changes in kitchen design because homeowners like the clean, smooth look that blends with modern designs. The advantages of an undermount sink are that it is functional, beautiful and very easy to install. The container is attached under a countertop. There is no visible rim of the sink above the counter and there is no rim to collect water and catch dirt and crumbs. Instead, debris is easily dragged into the sink so the counter can be cleaned faster.
Other recent trends in modern kitchen design include:
Countertops: Natural stone remains the most popular countertop material, with granite being the most popular. Limestone is another popular choice. It is becoming more and more common to mix different materials, using stone in some countertops, butcher block or concrete in others.
Appliances: Commercial-grade appliances are becoming popular, particularly kitchens such as built-in refrigerators and European-style dishwashers. Warming drawers and convection microwave ovens that can be used as a second oven are also popular.
Put pots and pans in the drawers. With heavy-duty drawer glides, large, heavy pots can now be placed in drawers instead of cabinets.
The thickness of the cabinet door is likely to be 1 inch rather than 3/4 inch, as this size is considered more of a higher quality.
Glazed, distressed, and antique finishes are increasingly being used to replace traditional ornate details once used on many high-end cabinetry.
Painted finishes now include colors such as Cranberry, White, Off-White and Oyster.
According to kitchen designers, as today’s kitchen grows in size and complexity, “mix orders” are becoming more common. Kitchen islands, wet bars, baking centers, and butler’s pantries are being incorporated into more and more kitchen designs, creating a need for more contrasts in cabinet styles, colors, wood types, and finishes. finishes.