Top trends in kitchen remodels
With the holiday season approaching, it may be time for a kitchen style enhancement. This year, you won't be the only cook in the kitchen. With these stylish trends, your kitchen will be the holiday hot spot for family and friends!
Form and function
Cooking is a hands-on job, which is why this one-touch faucet has soared in popularity. When both hands are full, this faucet can be activated with a touch, rather than tricky levers. It also swivels 360 degrees for easy access of the entire sink, and it has a pull-down spray wand to reach even the most awkward angles. As if that weren't reason enough to add this practical faucet to your kitchen remodel, its stylish appeal works well with any decor.
- Delta Addison single-handle faucet, Home Depot, $349
Old and new
Contrast has always been popular within kitchen design, but recent trends take this style preference to a whole new level. The days of clear-cut design styles have faded into an "anything goes" mentality. A great way to combine old and new design is to pair both industrial and modern elements. Light fixtures make perfect pieces for introducing additional style contrast into your space.
- Small wire pendant, West Elm, $70
Pattern and texture
In the kitchen, a backsplash is a great place to introduce trendy patterns and motifs. Popular patterns for today's kitchens include chevron, brick lay, honeycomb and even penny tile. If the budget allows, extend your backsplash up the entire height of an accent wall, like this kitchen from the blog Young House Love. Make this look work by selecting a tile in a neutral color to avoid visually overpowering your space.
- Hex gloss white 2 x 2 tile, The Tile Shop, $6 per square foot
Keep your serving pieces front and center with the hot design trend of open shelving. Though this style requires some organization, its ease and functionality makes it a clear winner. To make this style work, group like items together when organizing your shelves. If working with colors, add pops of your accent in key places throughout your display — or keep things simple with a collection of all-white dishes.
- Lack high gloss wall shelf, Ikea, $17
- Ten Strawberry Street white dinner plates, set of 12, Wal-Mart, $24
Give your kitchen some bold personality by introducing retro appliances. These replicas of vintage style are fun and functional, and they come with all of the modern amenities. A great feature of retro appliances is the large color variety that is available. Choose seafoam green, canary yellow or even retro red for a splash of color to perk up your kitchen.
- Retro fridge, Big Chill, $1,695-$3,395
Commercial kitchens are designed for convenient cooking, but don't let professional chefs have all the fun! Bring commercial elements home with simple selection choices. Stainless steel countertops and carts make cleanup a breeze, and double ovens allow you to cook multiple dishes at once. You may also benefit from additional commercial items like butcher-block slabs, pot fillers, double-basin sinks and high-capacity appliances.
- Flytta kitchen cart, Ikea, $159