Kitchen trends change all the time. As manufacturers create new styles and invent new materials, homeowners shift their preferences from the old to the new. In 2020, kitchen remodels will include some of the most attractive and functional features yet. Knowing what's coming can help you plan your upcoming kitchen remodel. Here's what you need to know.
1. Stylish Sinks
Sinks are quickly becoming a focal point in modern kitchens, and farmhouse drop-in style sinks are more popular than ever. With a visible apron in front, farmhouse sinks make a strong impression. Sinks of this type can be made from many materials, including ceramic, copper, oil-rubbed bronze, engineered stone and granite.
Each material responds differently to everyday use. Stone sinks are hard and can be loud, ceramic sinks may chip. Copper may develop a green patina with time. Research the type of material you're thinking about buying before choosing the one for you.
2. Natural Accents
Bring the outside in with natural accents like real wood and local fauna. Coastal homeowners can create a sense of beachy fun with bamboo chairs pulled up to the tall counter or drink bar. To reinforce the sense of natural beauty in your home, talk to your contractor about widening the windows in your kitchen.
Does your back door lead from the kitchen to a backyard patio? Exchange your old door for glassy French doors. Do whatever you can to bring the outdoors inside to create a sense of lightness, brightness and space.
3. Reclaimed Wood Cabinets
Reclaimed wood is more popular than ever. It's environmentally friendly, rustic, and imbued with deep character. Whatever the wood's source, it's likely to have deep scratches, prominent wood grain, and rough texture.
Keep stain or paint to a minimum to maintain the natural texture and appearance of the wood. Work with your contractor to ensure that the cabinets are properly sealed without covering their beauty.
4. Stained, Not Painted, Wood
Painted wood was popular a few years ago, but the pendulum is swinging back toward an appreciation for natural wood grain. Work with your contractor to choose an appropriate stain, one that accentuates the wood grain so that the cabinet's beauty comes through the color.
The type of stain that looks best with your cabinets will depend on the type of wood from which the cabinets are constructed. Your contractor will know which stains look best with which species.
5. Marble Countertops
For years, granite was one of the most popular types of stone for kitchen countertops. Marble is distinctly different in its appearance. With delicate veins and soft, creamy color, marble countertops have understated beauty.
Marble isn't the most durable stone. It's soft, easy to scratch and over time, can be worn down. To get the look of marble with the durability of granite, some homeowners turn to engineered stone. This product can be made to look like any type of stone available, and is much harder than marble.
6. Colorful Ceilings
White is a standard color in many kitchens because it's crisp, clean and bright. The lack of color on kitchen cabinets, counters and walls leaves many homeowners looking for small ways to integrate color back into their home. Painted ceilings are just one of the ways this can be done.
Turn your kitchen ceiling into an afternoon sky with a bright, beautiful blue. Or, turn the landscape upside by painting the ceiling a sea-colored teal. Match your ceiling with pops of color elsewhere in the kitchen. Either incorporate that shade into the backsplash, the tiles on the counters, or install matching cushions on the kitchen chairs.
Copper is a rare metal, precious and beautiful. Recently, copper has become the go-to metal for upscale kitchens. It can be found adorning light fixtures, sinks, faucets, back splashes and range hoods. Copper develops an attractive patina with time, so the kitchen itself will change as the copper changes. While the metal begins life with a warm, reddish color, it turns an exotic green or blue over many years.
This living metal can make decorating a greater challenge for homeowners. Those who don't want the patina on their fixtures should use special cleaners to keep the patina from forming. Those who welcome the patina will need to change their decorating scheme as their fixtures change.
"Texture" is a hard to define characteristic of many modern kitchens. It can be found in different materials, and may take different forms. It can be found in the rough, knotty surface of a reclaimed wood cabinet, or in the speckled reflection of a granite countertop. Texture can be subtle, like stripey bead board walls, or it can be rough and glaring, like the jagged edges of an unfinished stone apron sink.
No matter what form it takes, texture adds visual interest to whatever room it's in. Many modern homeowners prefer to combine different kinds of texture to create a more attractive design scheme overall.
9. Open Spaces
Modern homeowners have a deep love of open spaces in their home. Modern homeowners achieve this sense of space by tearing down the dividing line between the kitchen and living room. There are many advantages to making this kind of change.
Open spaces allow family to spend time together without working on the same activity. Open spaces also allow for easy communication. Plus, open floor plans are great for parties! If you're a homeowner who enjoys socializing, bringing people together, and spending time with your family, talk to your contractor about opening up the space when remodeling your home.
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