The Commonwealth Blog

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Kitchen Design Trends that Will Inspire You to Remodel

It's difficult to find remodeling inspiration in a landscape of lookalike kitchens. Everywhere you go, you see the same boring granite, white cabinets, and subway tile. Why renovate to just look like every kitchen on the block? If you want to set your home apart and live in a kitchen you truly love, renovate it the way you want. Explore some unique design trends that inspire you to cook and live in your kitchen space. Here are some of our favorite ideas that will stir something deeper in you and inspire your kitchen to remodel:

Multipurpose Islands for Work and Play

Kitchen islands have been a popular trend in kitchen design for decades, but the innovation is in using them for activities and storage outside of culinary duties. Islands are great for homework use, toy storage, as a bookcase, and so much more. Don’t limit your island to kitchen duty; it can have many uses in your family’s everyday life.

Two-Toned Cabinetry

All-white and all-black kitchen cabinets are passé. Two-toned cabinets add visual impact and create warmth and life in your kitchen space. Consider a white and blue combination, or gray and black, for a contemporary/modern finish. With two different colors, you can add texture and depth to your kitchen that it never had before.

Quartz Instead of Granite

Granite’s been a mainstay of the kitchen countertop world for years, but it requires more maintenance than quartz and has less range. With technological advances, quartz can mimic other natural materials like marble but is far more hardy and anti-microbial. A neutral colored quartz countertop with some beautiful particulates or subtle veining will set your kitchen apart.

Extra Deep Drawers

Build your kitchen for utility with extra deep drawers where you need them for dishes, pans, and other necessities. You can also purchase add-ons, like drawer organizers and pegboard, to keep everything organized and tidy.

Mixing Different Metals

In a classic design, the rule is only to use one metal finish in any space: gold, silver, bronze, and not mix anything. In today’s modern design, mixing metals can add visual interest to a kitchen, using matte finishes for some design elements and shiny for others. You still want to aim for a coordinated look with your metals, such as blending bronze and brass to create depth.

Exciting Flooring Options

Kitchen flooring has been boring for a long time: linoleum, tile, even hardwood, are rote. Consider going with a patterned flooring option or an exciting alternative option like cork or bamboo to incorporate some drama and boldness into your kitchen. Ensure that the floor design incorporates with your other elements, talking to the other colors and textures in your kitchen.

Utilizing Concrete

Concrete is a highly customizable countertop material, as you can choose its shape, color, and appearance in the kitchen. When done correctly, concrete can become a focal point of your space, providing more tactility and warmth than granite or quartz options. For true control of your countertop experience and excellent recyclability, concrete is the future.

It’s easy to get bored with kitchens when you see the same designs on HGTV and in IKEA every week. Get some stimulation from these cutting-edge trends that will help you start a renovation project in your home. Don’t stick with the ordinary; get inspired.

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