The overall design of a kitchen can make a huge impact on the overall aesthetics of a home. It’s a space distinct in its function, and it’s only natural that its appearance plays a key role in any house.
As trends come and go, naturally, there are materials that are currently going out of style in kitchen design, but luckily, they can be replaced with more trendy ones for a more updated look.
Out of Style Kitchen Trend
While the most popular kitchen styles in current years have been the all-white look and the farmhouse interior, they have also started evolving, and elements which used to be considered “must haves” are starting to step away from the scene.
Marble backsplashes have proven harder to clean and maintain, and because of that, they’re making way for other tile materials. Because of the popularity of the cottagecore aesthetic, the focus is shifting towards an old farmhouse look that brings humans closer to nature.
Currently, marble plays more of a statement role on kitchen islands, modest countertops and around the perimeter of a kitchen, and new kitchen designs are embracing more colourful options. For example, a kitchen island with large slabs of marble veining covering all of its sides has become very trendy. It’s also common to combine bold statement marble with other materials.
All-white paint is genuinely going out of style. Such kitchens may look clean and chic, but the monochrome, cold look is uninspiring, and people are turning towards more homey and nature-based materials and colours. The chrome and nickel fixtures for cabinet doors are also stepping away because of the same reason.
Dark Grey Kitchens
Dark grey kitchen interiors used to be very popular and became the mark of a household that strived to be bold and not quite but almost black. This was the alternative to a white kitchen for those who wanted a more dramatic interior. However, now, it just feels less bold and more dull and restrictive.
Shiplap has been around for years as a part of the modern farmhouse aesthetic. However, because it has been used beyond the kitchen space, it has become bland and predictable. Designing with it on walls with no architectural context isn’t in style anymore.
Terrazzo is great for large areas of polished flooring, such as shopping malls, but not so much for a kitchen, especially when it’s excessive.
Trends Currently in Style
There’s actually plenty one can do with their kitchen to update it in a simple and on-trend way.
A copper faucet matching a copper sink is the perfect farmhouse-style focal point for a kitchen. Currently, having sinks that match these warmer, golden tones is a huge trend. Gold, brass and copper metals have been popular kitchen materials for a long time and won’t be going away soon because they give an old-world-meets-modern-kitchen appearance.
Besides, warm metals, sinks with stone finishes have also become very popular. Soapstone and marble sinks are some examples of beautiful showpieces that add a striking element to a kitchen.
A current trend is backsplash tiles with ceramic, glossy finishes and an imperfect overall look. Hand-glazed tiles have a slightly wavy surface that catches the light and varies slightly in colour. Together, they create a lovely, mottled effect with an old-world charm on the walls, and they’re also easy to clean.
Vintage Elements and Antiques
Mixing different styles isn’t new, but recently, it has become trendy in kitchens as well. Repurposing old furniture and lights is very popular, and it’s a great way to give a second life to a piece instead of throwing it away.
This trend is inspired by the increase in environmental awareness. For kitchens, it’s finding ways to build around old cabinets. Another great way is to mix antiques into the space to add warmth and history, emphasising the true nature of a kitchen as the heart of the home. Small details, such as oil paintings, can also help achieve that.
This trend also relates to the idea that not everything has to be perfect, and it gives a sense of permanence, stability and a lived-in feeling to a kitchen.
Wood and Natural Textures
Wood cabinets and grain are currently a big trend in kitchens because they give warmth and depth. They are usually applied to flat panel doors and drawer fronts for a more Scandinavian or Japandi look. It’s an effort to keep the interior as natural as possible and implement more such elements to celebrate humans’ connection to nature.
Kitchens Colour Trends
Currently, green is a vital colour trend which is popular in kitchens. More specifically, the colour “October Mist” which is a green-grey shade that also leaves room for creativity and evokes the silver-green stem of a flower. Other similar colours are “Evergreen Fog”, “Breezway”, “Guacamole”, and “Olive Spring”, all of which focus on nature. This is because people are becoming aware of the environment, how they interact with nature and the feeling of rest and security.
What’s great about green is that there’s a shade for everyone’s taste. Minty green creates a fresh and lively kitchen. It’s uplifting and yet subtle enough that it matches well with pastel tones. Even darker and richer shades have become popular because they offer character and charm, especially when mixed with more neutral hues, such as sage and other natural elements. The green earth tones also match perfectly with brass, gold and copper fixtures, finishes and hardware.
Another colour accompanying green in the kitchen trends is pale baby blue. For example, baby blue kitchen cabinets have been really popular recently because these shades have a calming and fresh feeling, similar to green. Mixing shades of blue can create the perfect farmhouse look, especially when mixed with vintage elements and antiques.
Updating a Kitchen to Increase Functionality
Besides going for hand-glazed tiles instead of marble, which are easier to clean in a space that’s often messy after cooking, there are other ways to increase the functionality of a kitchens in style.
Glass Partitions and Doors
With more people working and studying from home, many households have found that an open plan can be distracting and noisy. To help with that, glass partitions and doors make the kitchen more isolated from the rest of the house and create division without sacrificing the feeling of openness and spaciousness that open plans provide.
Cabinetry and Storage
Another functional update for kitchens is more cabinetry and storage, for example, cutlery trays, secret pull-outs and appliance drawers. Kitchen pantries are also very popular. People can implement a pantry that opens up and has lots of storage for staples and small appliances, where they can be hidden away.
The more pantry storage people have in their kitchen, the fewer items they have to leave out on the counters. Sometimes, a kitchen won’t even need many upper cabinets. This will give more space for the other design elements to be noticed. Integrating full-depth and full-height storage can greatly improve a kitchen’s functionality, especially when the space is limited.
Besides considering what’s trendy and what’s not, above all else, handyman experts recommend focusing on upcycling and reusing old pieces and looking into second-hand offerings. After all, a whole new kitchen every time trends change will be a costly and overwhelming project, and it’ll be smarter to look into more budget-friendly ideas to transform it in style.