Every year we hear about the latest trends through the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), what’s hot at the High Point Furniture Market, and various studies commissioned by industry organizations and manufacturers. The FDB Advisor has reviewed these forecasts and come up with a list of our own five top kitchen trends. Although these are not all new per se, they do seem to have traction in today’s kitchens:
(1) Design – Although styles continue to span across the spectrum of modern, transitional and traditional, what stands out is the mixing of elements in the kitchen, from two kinds of countertops to multiple cabinet colors and materials. Designers, builders and homeowners are combining tile, glass, wood and stone in fun and inventive ways. Even in traditional style kitchens, the goal is to create an efficient workflow with plenty of counter space, storage and lighting.
(2) Storage – Speaking of storage, it seems that storage is driving the cabinet industry to innovate. Newest trends include cabinet doors that open and fold up, multi-tiered drawers and spice racks that pull down. The island has always served multiple purposes and storage is one of them, from shelves that display cookbooks and knick knacks to custom drawers that fit exactly what the homeowner wants within easy reach.
(3) Surfaces – Back to the countertop discussion, there are newer laminates on the market that resemble stone like never before. They even offer the fancier edges more commonly seen with granite and stone for less of an investment. Another popular trend brings sustainability into the conversation. Recycled products like Consentino’s Eco, recycled glass from Icestone USA and even concrete are gaining ground on the traditional manmade surfaces. Cambria and Caesar Stone are two manufacturers of engineered stone we use often in our kitchens. Wood-topped counters and island tops are a trend we love for its warmth and touch of natural materials.
(4) Appliances – Convenience is the holy grail of the appliance and fixture industries. One of biggest sellers to come along in years has been the French door refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom. Almost every manufacturer now offers a model, from Sub-Zero, Viking and Jenn-Air to Electrolux, LG and GE. Other appliance trends include:
- Counter depth appliances (flush with the cabinetry for aesthetic appeal)
- Double oven ranges
- Steam and convection ovens
- Oven doors that open sideways
- Microwave ovens that are drawers
- Induction cooking surfaces
- Quieter dishwashers and hoods
- Smaller beverage refrigerators as wine coolers, refrigerator drawers
Any talk of convenience has to include the newer faucets that are motion sensitive. Several manufacturers have come out with hands-free, sensor activated models such as the Moen Arbor or the Kohler Sensate faucet.
(5) Lighting – The biggest trend in lighting has been the use of LED lighting for task and under cabinet illumination. Incandescent is becoming a dinosaur. Options include halogen, Xenon, compact fluorescents (CFL) and LEDs. The good news is that the industry has caught on to the issues surrounding these products and the newest generation offers the warm lighting we’ve become used to – even the same shape bulb. Another fun trend brings electric lighting full circle with the filament bulbs reminiscent of Edison’s early invention. Websites have sprung up all over the Internet offering cool bulbs and fixtures as the trendiest accessories and accents of late.
If any of these trends strike your fancy, call us and we’d be happy to discuss them with you. Our design team can incorporate any or all of these elements into your renovation.