The kitchen is the heart of the home — the room where people gather to cook, enjoy good food, and spend time together. It’s no wonder that the kitchen design trends of 2014 seek to help us create warm, inviting, creative spaces.
In 2014 kitchen design will continue featuring some of what we saw last year (like open concept kitchens), but its exciting to look ahead at what’s new. And perhaps most importantly, to dream about how these trends will look in YOUR kitchen! Let’s take a look…
1. Go Gray
While white remains most common, gray has been steadily increasing in popularity and this year will be the preferred color choice for kitchen walls, even cabinets. Soothing, and reminiscent of stone, gray plays well with some of the other kitchen trends of 2014 — such as using raw materials and picking warmer tones for hardware and lighting fixtures – so read on!
2. Dark for Drama
If gray sounds too safe, too soothing, perhaps you’d like something a little more dramatic? Think about painting one wall — or your ceiling or floor — in a dark brown, deep red, copper color, or even black. This trend in darker paint tones will have your kitchen feeling dramatic and warm, with just the right amount of flair!
3. Black Countertops, in Quartz, please!
Believe it or not, designers predict countertops will be back in black in 2014. Pairing a black countertop with lighter colored walls and cabinets creates a stylish contrast to the all-white kitchens we’re used to (tired of?) seeing. And while you’re at it, order that black countertop in quartz! It feels and looks like granite, but quartz is more durable, less likely to chip or crack, and has a non-porous surface that is easy to clean and harder to stain. After years of competition, quartz is starting to surpass the ever-popular granite and is among the granite alternatives trending for 2014.
4. Warm Up Your Hardware
Tired of the emphasis on cold silvery metallic hardware like chrome, nickel and stainless steel? This year feel a wave of sweet relief and look for warmer metal finish choices like brass, aged gold, iron or graphite hardware. These tones are even making their way into hood finishes, and can be coordinated with lighting fixtures as well.
5. Camouflaged Appliances
The trend for open plan kitchens continues to grow. So much so that we now have appliance designers dreaming up appliances that beautifully blend into the kitchen. Picture a false front for your refrigerator, dishwasher, or microwave drawers, meant to blend with the surrounding walls or cabinets.
6. Raw Beauty
Start checking out exposed brick walls, concrete countertops and floors, sliding barn doors, reclaimed wood shelving, and exposed beams — because using raw, natural materials couldn’t be trendier this year. Even in new construction, natural elements can be achieved with the use of some amazing veneers now on the market. The rustic vibe adds a lot of character and warmth, while remaining calm and industrial. Done right, this look is hip, trendy, and really beautiful.
7. Dishes (Still) on Display
Whether you install open shelves or glass-front cabinets, you’ll be on trend for 2014. Putting your carefully curated collection of dishes on display is a trend beyond farmhouse or modern design, it is officially popular for all styles of kitchens. From the fun of seeing your favorite mugs greet you in the morning, to the light that bounces off your glassware, to the ease of reaching for a salad bowl, there are just so many reasons to consider jumping on this train.
8. Non-Traditional Lighting
Bottom line for this one: think outside the box. Especially with the increase in open shelving, under-cabinet task lighting does not have to be your default. Consider sconces, lamps with a swing arm, and other decorative task lights that allow you to add personality to your space. And remember to put those warm finishes – like aged gold, iron, and brass – to good use!
Want to read more? Check out this report from Zillow Digs.
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