If your kitchen is looking a bit tired and in need of an update, whether a refresh or full remodel, you’ll soon find out it’s a jungle out there of trends, fads, colors, and the latest technology (that you’re not even sure you need). It can be tricky weeding through “the latest” to figure out what makes sense for you.
So how do you steer clear of the fads that will fade and embrace trends that will remain timeless? If you’re making big changes, such as flooring, cabinets, and countertops, you’ll want to do your research and possibly consult with a trusted kitchen designer or expert. But if you want to style up your kitchen, without the expense of a full remodel, here are some ideas to inspire you.
Embrace Smart Tech
A trend that’s here to stay. Add some smarts to your kitchen with Wi-Fi enabled countertop appliances from coffee makers to crockpots. Wave your hand to turn on your faucet or kitchen lights. Smart refrigerators are the hottest and coolest, literally, dispensing hot and cold water.
Change Up the Lighting
Today’s trending kitchens include everything from modern chandeliers to industrial pendants. Lighting can instantly update a tired or dated space. Determine the right type of lighting for the task or area, and then have fun choosing a style that gives your kitchen a bright and modern new look.
Choose a Statement Sink
If this hard-working vessel is ready for an update, consider a statement sink. The popularity of these sinks has rocketed so you’ve got lots to choose from that can give your kitchen a quick refresh. Composite materials, stone, concrete, copper, and hammered metals are just a sampling of trending materials. Add a great new faucet to complete the look.
Mix Up the Metals
Finishes such as copper, pewter, brass, and gunmetal are showing up everywhere: in lighting, cabinet hardware, faucets, and more. If you’ve got a kitchen full of brushed nickel, mix in contrasting metals to modernize the look.
Go for Minimalism
No matter your kitchen's décor style, a clean and organized kitchen is always on trend. Integrated storage as well as open shelving can contribute to that clean look. Open shelving is extremely popular in materials including glass, wood, and iron. Conveniently store and neatly display dishes and other essential kitchenware, decorative art, and accessories. You can also convert some upper cabinets to open shelving by removing doors and doing some finish work.
Add Some Natural Balance
Incorporate natural materials to balance out a kitchen’s sleek and smooth surfaces. Reclaimed wood, textural textiles, and stone featured on walls, for furniture, and in accessories, can create a more interesting and inviting space with a modern balance.