4 Hot Kitchen Design Trends

After spending 5 days in San Francisco getting ready for the opening of the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year, all the while finalizing the cabinetry designs for another Client’s major home renovation, it’s fun to see (and share) the kitchen design trends that are spanning both coasts.

Industrial cooking area
Kitchen of the Year features JWH Custom Cabinetry

The industrial look

The last few years have seen a sharp increase in the industrial look. Merging efficiency with unassuming contemporary ease, it’s easy to see why this style is gaining popularity. Some hallmarks of the industrial look are exposed brick and pipes, minimalist furniture, utilitarian appliances, and wood and metal surfaces.  In this photo, the full wall of black brick is a great contrast to the painted and weathered wood cabinetry finishes, and the sleek stainless Thermador appliances.

An easy way to incorporate this look is to add industrial light fixtures or a unique pot rack (if your ceiling heights allow!)  Caesarstone countertops in “raw concrete” compliment this look and provide a hardworking durable surface.  Hardware and fixtures are shown with mixed metals of stainless, brass, and oil-rubbed bronze.

Practical and pretty
Open shelf solution!

Multi-function storage

While kitchen storage is an ongoing issue, trends are moving toward making this part of the kitchen battle easier. Custom kitchen designs are creating storage solutions from multi-tiered drawers, slender pullouts, deeper drawers for appliance storage, and toe-kick drawers.

If you’re looking for ways to add more kitchen storage and get organized, think outside that proverbial box. Filling in space with added cabinets and interior accessories is a natural solution.  But as open shelving increases in appeal, (and is easily added in existing kitchens) organization can be both functional and decorative.

Handle-less drawers and cabinets

With the move toward a more modern kitchen, cabinets and drawers are increasingly sans pulls and knobs, creating a more linear, clean look. Come to find out, cabinet and drawer handles are more of a choice than a necessity; and thanks to hardware manufacturers’ new technology, cabinets and drawers will never be the same again.

Not every kitchen can pull off this look. Nonetheless, if you want to add a simple, chic handless design, there are several ways to go about it. Hydraulic, easy-close cabinet doors, push-to-open doors, and custom options are all viable routes to take. They will certainly add function and sleekness to your kitchen design.

Classic black and white

Some looks fade as time passes, but the classic black-and-white kitchen is here to stay. This high contrast look of stark white cabinets against black granite countertops and hardware remains one of the most timeless and adaptable kitchen designs. In fact, this trend can be tailored to fit almost every kitchen theme. The bottom line: You just can’t go wrong with white.

Whether you want to go modern, traditional, or rustic, black and white will work with your design scheme. The easiest way to pull off black and white in the kitchen is to add warmth in the form of rustic hardwood floors, natural stone counters, and rich-wooded islands. A softer white leans closer to the rustic side while a stark white oozes modernity.

If these photos and ideas make you antsy for your own “Kitchen of the Year,” the JWH Design & Cabinetry Team is ready to help. Contact us today and find out how we can help you realize your kitchen remodeling dreams!