4 Big Kitchen Remodel Trends To Watch For This YearKitchen remodeling trends come and go throughout the years much like the ones for clothing. This makes it possible to have a fresh look, but it also means that certain design choices can look dated in just a year or two. Since most people don’t want to redo their homes that often, we suggest choosing styles that will have a longer life cycle. Here are four kitchen remodel trends that we believe are worth serious consideration:

  1.  Wood kitchen cabinets. Wood has always been a popular material for cabinets, but which woods – and which stains – are used changes with the decades. Early 2015 saw a resurgence of dark stains, but to those in the right age groups, this look is instantly recognizable as a throwback from the late 1960s. As 2015 progressed, many designers rectified this by going for oak with lighter staining, beech wood, and gray driftwood-inspired finishes. In urban areas, cherry is beginning to trend.
  2. Quartz countertops. Quartz is coming to the fore this year. Unlike granite, this stone is nonporous and resists spills and stains all on its own. It’s also resistant to scratches. This makes it a great choice for families and avid cooks who don’t find it realistic to do immediate wipe-ups every time something spills. It also allows new counters to avoid the “me too” effect that granite now has.
  3. Fixtures made with unique metals and finishes. Stainless steel and chrome faucets have been around for decades if not longer. It has gotten to the point that the mind will see either one of them as standard no matter what specific design is used. Avoid this problem by losing the stainless steel or chrome altogether. Instead, go for oil-rubbed bronze, brushed nickel, or one of the other unusual materials that are coming into fashion. These show that some real thought has been put into fixture choice. The new materials are treated to resist stains and be easy to clean with a wipedown, so there’s no need to worry about accidentally bringing in unwanted work.
  4. Open floor plans. Open-plan kitchens have been in style for a long time, but they’re showing no serious signs of disappearing. These plans provide spaces that are much easier to use, leave many opportunities for later changes, and ensure that everyone in the house can see your beautiful new kitchen. They also allow for more customization options right from the start. If you like to use your kitchen for socializing, an open plan will easily accommodate a kitchen table and plenty of chairs. On the other hand, if you like to use your kitchen for extensive baking or for preparing big meals, you can have islands and tool stands put in that keep all of your equipment handy. This type of convenience is rarely possible with a closed kitchen.

These are just some of the many current and emerging kitchen remodeling trends of 2015. When you choose some for your kitchen, remember that certain principles will always be the same. One of the most important of these is to make sure that all of your design elements work well together. A well-unified look will give your kitchen the professional appearance that you’re seeking.

To ensure that your choices will create the effects that you want, try hiring a professional designer. Top designers constantly keep tabs on what is current and what is likely to disappear soon. The best ones will also be sure to ask you how you use your kitchen and the surrounding rooms so that the elements they suggest work well with your lifestyle. They will also work with architects and other professionals to ensure that everything they suggest will produce structurally-sound end results that can last a lifetime.

 

 

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