When it’s time for a new kitchen you might be tempted or even inspired to try some of the newest kitchen remodeling ideas. But will those trendy kitchen inspirations and ideas stand the test of time?
We spend a lot of time looking for the latest and greatest…anything. We update our phones, computers and most of our tech stuff pretty frequently to enable us to work better, communicate better, and be closer to the pulse of today’s living. When it comes to Kitchen remodeling, we can’t just upgrade whenever there is a new trend or some new idea comes along. When you’re remodeling your home you are probably looking to update it, make it work better for you and future occupants and make it look amazing. How can we keep up with all the latest and greatest trends when we don’t have the chance to update often? Here’s a list of some our favorite trends that we know will stand the test of time.
1) Ceiling height backsplashes
It’s pretty common to see a kitchen backsplash go all the way up to the cabinetry but what about the ceiling? Want to draw attention to that gorgeous stove? Think about doing a backsplash all the way up the ceiling. This will make an eye-catching statement that will not only stand the test of time but by choosing a simple, neutral, tile, will make redecorating a breeze. For a more timeless feel, you can’t go wrong with a simple white or creamy colored subway tile. White kitchens have been the “in” thing for a very long time and we don’t ever expect that to change. If basic isn’t your thing, think about using color in a subtle but complimentary way.
This blue subway tile is the perfect pop to this white kitchen. It’s romantic and very beachy. You can’t help but be drawn to the shimmering ocean blue and it creates a gorgeous backdrop for this stainless steel hood.. This style of backsplash makes cleaning so much easier than scrubbing walls, and more foolproof because you don’t have to worry about chipping paint or eventually having it fade. With a backsplash like this, you never have to worry about humidity in the kitchen.
2) Complimentary Islands
An island makes life in the kitchen so much easier! There are a variety of styles and functionalities to choose from. Maybe you want to add a second sink in yours? Maybe it’s just some extra seating and prep room you need. Everyone loves an island! An island is a fun way to create a center design piece that is both functional and pretty. One of our favorite trends over the last few years has been mixing up your island to complement the perimeter of your kitchen. There are a lot of creative ways you can do this. Some people like to use a completely different kind of countertop material in a complimenting color. Depending on how adventurous you want to get you can even consider mixing and matching countertop materials. Do you just adore marble but realize it’s not the best material for your baking hobby? Why not use that marble you love so much around the perimeter of your kitchen and look at quartz or granite for your island countertop? Countertops are the star of your kitchen.
Maybe you want to keep the countertop materials and colors the same. Think about choosing an island in a color that is a few shades darker or lighter than your existing cabinetry. This is a subtle design element that will make your island stand out and have a life of its own. Feeling bold? Pick an island color that isn’t in the same shade of your existing cabinet and make the island its own little paradise. We know that these mix and match islands are here to stay for a very long time.
3) Textured or Colored kitchen tiles
Tiles are a great way to add color, warmth, and texture to your kitchen. You can never, ever go wrong with a basic neutral tile but if you want something a little edgier that won’t trend off in a few years consider choosing a neutral tile with a texture, like maybe marble. A stone style tile can add warmth and a pop of (neutral or bold) color into your home. We are often so drawn to color but have a relative fear of it. You don’t have to stick to simple neutral colors if you don’t want to. Dark and shimmering tiles, if done right, can add a very nice element to your kitchen without overpowering it. Color trends seem to shift like the wind but if you keep to basic primary colors and avoid any kind of “off” or “strange-trendy” color, your tiles won’t date your kitchen anytime soon. There are lots of tile styles that incorporate color that can be used as accents. Don’t be afraid of mixing and matching.
4) Design for Storage
The biggest issue facing any homeowner is kitchen storage – even if you have a large kitchen. In large kitchens, it can be daunting to remember where everything is and in smaller kitchens, the lack of space makes it hard to store everything you need. In older kitchens, pantries were built to be utilitarian but not necessarily stylish. Cabinetry has really come a long way in the last decade. You can have the gorgeous looking kitchen you want with plenty of space and easier methods of staying organized.
5) Built-in Bar or Coffee Bar
This isn’t a trend that will probably ever go away. If you have a large kitchen, this is something you definitely want to consider doing. You can be fun and clever with your bar. Just like our kitchen island trend, consider doing a mix and match with the rest of your kitchen to create a distinction between the bar and the rest of the room. Additionally, this becomes a great place to showcase your special stemware or other things that have been hidden away for far too long. If you’re building the built-in bar think about adding some wine cubbies to keep those bottles nice and handy.
6) Timeless Tops
We all probably grew up either having or knowing someone who had some type of laminate, basic countertop. Over the years laminate has certainly come a long way and lots of great materials have surfaced that are both affordable and stylish. However, the trend for many years has been a stone countertop of some sort. Granite has been king for a long time in the world of countertops but it looks like quartz may be usurping that reign. Whether you pick marble, granite, quartz or any other stone looking material, you can’t go wrong. Countertops are a great place to spend the money on a kitchen remodel. There are more cost-effective countertops on the market today but investing in a good quality surface will be a good return on your investment. Granite, Marble or quartz? That choice is up to you but whichever way you go, these tops will continue to look gorgeous for many years to come.
7) Pendant Lighting
Having the right lighting can either set the mood or can just flat out date your kitchen. Light fixtures can be changed out pretty easily, they are plentiful, and you should be able to find light fixtures to suit your fancy in just about any price range. Pendant lights have been around for a long time and this type of fixture is perfect for the dinner table, the island, or just above the sink. These lights are typically not “in your face” lights but they can make a bold statement.
8) Under Cabinet Lighting
This is one of the most useful trendy things we’ve seen in a while. Under cabinet lighting can be temporary or wired into a light switch. If you’re in a rental situation or just want to add some extra lights quick you can buy some puck lights and stick them up. Most puck lights won’t require any kind of assembly. If you are getting ready to do a home remodel and you want the extra lighting, consider LED rope or tape. These are soft lights that will run the length of your cabinetry and no matter where you are in your kitchen, you will have the soft ambiance and ability to see clearly what you’re working on. You can install LED rope or tape without having to permanently wire into a switch but it does take some time so if you just want a quick, trendy and bright fix, we definitely recommend getting some sticky puck lights.