Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends 2014
Open Floor Plans - Homeowners want it! 77% planned to remodel the kitchen so it’s open to at least one other room in the home.* The kitchen has become the hub for entertaining, and homeowners want to interact with their guests while cooking. With less walls, the space will automatically feel larger as well, even if your remodel is in the same footprint as your old kitchen. An open plan also spurs other trends - more furniture-like cabinets, unique architecture, and beautiful lighting - to transition more smoothly into other areas of the home.
Fewer Upper Cabinets - This trend is also influenced by the open plan, and by more effective storage elsewhere. When walls are knocked down, there are less to hang uppers on. For many homeowners, this is totally okay, as they replace cavernous lower cabinets with functional drawers and pull-outs. Pantries are also becoming better solutions, with specialized areas to better suit the homeowners storage needs. With less need (and walls) for upper cabinets, homeowners are taking advantage of large windows and unique, full-wall back-splashes to personalize their kitchens.
Lighting Plans - The single, fluorescent fixture in the middle of the room is a thing of the past. When the kitchen is open to the rest of the house, people no longer want to be staring at an ugly light. With a beautiful kitchen, you want to finish it off with beautiful lighting. Recessed lights provide a uniform glow throughout the room without taking attention from it. LED under cabinet lights are finally an effective option to light even the darkest corners. Where upper cabinets are non-existent, handsome wall sconces, pendants, and even chandeliers can add light and style to kitchens. Since the kitchen is a work area, it’s important to have layers of light from multiple sources.
Universal Design - Because of the housing fiasco of the past few years, many families are ready to find a more permanent home that can grow with them. In the kitchen, this means a place that can be used by children, adults, elderly, and even those with varying disabilities. Microwaves are being placed at or below counter level, built into lower cabinets for ease of access. Varying counter heights accommodate people of all heights and abilities. Keeping space open below sinks and stoves, and wider pathways are great for those in a wheelchair. A small change that makes a big impact is replacing knobs that can be hard to grasp for children and those with arthritis. Levers are a great alternative on faucets, doors, and cabinets. All of these improvements will make sure that you are comfortable in your home for years to come.
Quartz Countertops - While granite is still the number one choice, with 50% of homeowners still choosing it, quartz is in close second with 36%.* And it’s popularity is only increasing. Quartz is a man-made product, that takes ground quartz rock, and binds it in a clear or colored resin. This technique creates a strong material that doesn’t have to be sealed or maintained like a natural stone. Many quartz brands even put anti-microbial properties into their resin, making it a safe, easy to clean surface to prepare food. It is also heat-resistant and hard to scratch. Since the quartz and resin colors can be controlled, you can choose from many different and stunning colors to perfectly match your kitchen.*Statistical data in this article courtesy of: http://info.houzz.com/rs/houzz/images/HouzzKitchenStudy.pdf