As the heart of the home, the kitchen deserves special attention when it comes to remodeling. In recent years, several captivating styles have gained popularity, transforming kitchens into stunning spaces that combine functionality with aesthetic appeal. In this article, we will explore four of the most trending styles in kitchen remodeling: Modern Rustic, Elegant Farmhouse, Warm & Soft Color Palettes, and Natural Materials. Get ready to be inspired by these contemporary design choices that can elevate your kitchen to a whole new level.
Modern Rustic is a style that blends the warmth and charm of rustic elements with the clean lines and sleek finishes of modern design. Exposed wooden beams, reclaimed materials, and earthy color palettes define this style. Incorporating vintage-inspired fixtures and industrial accents can add character to your kitchen while maintaining a contemporary feel.
Elegant Farmhouse style infuses classic farmhouse elements with refined touches, creating a sophisticated and inviting ambiance. Combining natural textures like shiplap walls and reclaimed wood with elegant details such as crystal chandeliers or marble countertops can strike a perfect balance between rustic charm and timeless elegance.
Gone are the days of stark white kitchens; warm and soft color palettes are taking center stage in the realm of kitchen design. Shades of creamy whites, pale greys, and muted pastels create a calming and welcoming atmosphere. These colors can be incorporated into cabinetry, backsplashes, and walls, allowing for versatility in personalizing your kitchen’s aesthetic.
The use of natural materials in kitchen remodeling has gained significant momentum. From countertops made of granite or marble to wooden cabinetry, natural materials bring a touch of authenticity and warmth to any kitchen. Additionally, integrating natural light through large windows or skylights can further enhance the natural aesthetic and create an airy ambiance.
Modern kitchen remodels often feature open shelving as a design choice, allowing for both functionality and a chance to display decorative items and cherished kitchenware. Pairing open shelving with statement range hoods, such as copper or brushed brass, adds a touch of luxury and focal point to the kitchen space.
In the age of simplicity, minimalist and streamlined design approaches are gaining traction. Clean lines, handle-less cabinetry, and concealed appliances contribute to a sleek and clutter-free kitchen. This style not only exudes a contemporary look but also maximizes space efficiency, making it ideal for smaller kitchens.
One way to inject personality and visual interest into your kitchen is through bold backsplashes. Vibrant tiles, geometric patterns, or even textured materials like brick or stone can transform a simple kitchen into a statement-making space. Experimenting with contrasting colors and unique materials allows you to add an element of surprise to your kitchen design.
In the digital age, incorporating smart technology into kitchen remodeling is a growing trend. From touchless faucets to voice-controlled appliances, the possibilities are endless. Smart technology not only enhances convenience but also contributes to an overall modern and futuristic ambiance.
Gone are the days of matching all the metals in your kitchen. Mixing metals such as copper, brass, and matte black adds visual interest and creates a unique and dynamic look. Whether it’s through faucets, hardware, or lighting fixtures, experimenting with mixed metal accents can elevate your kitchen’s style quotient.
Lighting serves as both a functional and decorative element in the kitchen. Incorporating statement lighting fixtures, such as oversized pendant lights or dramatic chandeliers, can become a focal point while adding an element of luxury and glamour. Moreover, carefully placed task lighting enhances functionality in work areas.
In an era of increased environmental consciousness, incorporating sustainable and eco-friendly materials in kitchen remodeling has become essential. Opt for renewable materials like bamboo or cork flooring, recycled glass countertops, and low-VOC paints to create a greener kitchen that contributes positively to the planet.
No matter which trending style you choose for your kitchen remodel, adding personalized touches is the key to making it truly yours. Display cherished artwork, incorporate family heirlooms, or create a dedicated space for showcasing your culinary adventures. Infusing your kitchen with personal elements will make it a space that truly reflects your style and taste.
With the Modern Rustic, Elegant Farmhouse, Warm & Soft Color Palettes, and Natural Materials styles leading the way, kitchen remodeling is experiencing a renaissance. From the fusion of rustic and modern elements to the embrace of eco-friendly materials, these trends offer an array of options to transform your kitchen into a visually stunning and functional space. Embrace these styles, unleash your creativity, and enjoy a kitchen that perfectly aligns with your taste and lifestyle.
D&B Elite Custom is here to bring your dream kitchen to life. Don’t wait any longer; contact us today for all your kitchen renovation, remodel, or any other home renovation needs. Let our team of experts guide you through the process and create a space that exceeds your expectations. Make your home, Elite.
There are many options when it comes to organizing your spices, but here’s our list of non-negotiables:
Label the top of your spices so you can keep track of inventory if using a pull-out drawer, or you can invest in an in-drawer insert that allows your spices to lay on their sides. Label the sides of your spice jars and purchase a tiered shelf or lazy Susan for easy access.
Pick your organization method and run with it – whether you choose to arrange your spices alphabetically, by area of the world, how frequently you use it, or by type (such as categorizing by peppers, aromatics, herbs, warm baking spices, etc.).
Matching your jars and labels goes a long way! We recommend airtight glass jars, as they are the best option for protecting your herbs and spices by preventing premature oxygenation. Two-ounce jars that you can fit a teaspoon inside and that are small enough to encourage turnover work great.
When it comes to spices, the more the merrier is not the way to go. That spice you can’t remember the last time you used? Toss it. If a recipe calls for a small amount of something you don’t think you’ll ever use again, just skip it! We love this list of the spices you really need in your pantry from bon appétit – Check it out for some inspo on how to best stock your spice drawer.
Be cognizant of heat, as it causes spices to degrade faster than usual. Avoid making your spices’ home base above your oven or near a radiator. Many people store spices on a spice rack on their kitchen counter for easy access, however this isn’t ideal when the kitchen heats up. Your pantry, kitchen drawers, or a mounted shelf inside a pantry or cabinet drawer are your best options.
Did you know that major kitchen remodels are on the rise? Hiring kitchen renovation professionals has jumped to 89% in 2021, its highest level in four years! If you are also in the market for a major kitchen remodel this year, be sure to check out Houzz’s Kitchen Trend Study for 2022. This report compiles findings from a survey of 2,380 U.S. homeowners who either recently completed a kitchen renovation or are in the planning stages with one. The 39-page report goes in-depth with many trends. We’ve summarized the biggest takeaways below for those crunched on time.
The study revealed that more than one-third of homeowners reportedly splurged on countertops (35%). The most common feature improved during kitchen renovations, countertops were upgraded by more than nine in 10 homeowners (91%).
When it comes to countertops, there are so many options! These options can get overwhelming since the material you choose not only impacts aesthetics but the functionality of your kitchen (not to mention your budget, too). Did you know that more than one in three (35%) of renovating homeowners who are upgrading their kitchen reported that they decided to spend significantly more than originally planned and “splurge” on new countertops? The D&B Elite team is here to help! Below are some of the most popular choices and some pros and cons to each to help you weigh your options:
Although this material remains number one in choice for upgrading kitchen countertops, according to the Houzz survey “it dramatically declined in popularity this year” with only 42% of renovating homeowners choosing quartz (down from 51% in 2020). Quartz is an engineered stone containing up to 93% quartz particles and other materials. It is then shaped into slabs and bound with resins. Quartz was engineered to make a more adaptable alternative to granite and marble. It’s easy to see why quartz has been the #1 choice time and time again in this study, as its pros far outweigh its cons.
Pros: It’s nonporous surface resists staining and scratching, it’s available in a larger range of colors than granite, it’s easy to maintain and no sealing is required, it’s impervious to heat and acid, the slabs are uniform with no imperfections, DIY installation is possible, and it can be custom-fabricated into any shape or size
Cons: It is expensive and creates heavy countertops
Granite’s sleek and elegant look speaks for itself on why it remains the second preferred choice. Here are some pros and cons of this material:
Pros: Strong and durable, adds real estate value to your home, almost impervious to heat, almost 3,000 different variants and colors are available, and it’s nearly maintenance-free when treated with newer sealers
Cons: Very expensive material, not suitable for DIY installation, slabs may have imperfections, may crack if stressed / improperly installed, if you cut directly on granite your knives will dull quickly, and this stone is porous and requires sealing to avoid stains
Butcher block / wood slabs have rose in popularity this year (increasing from 10% to 12%). They create a soft, warm look that is currently trending. Maple and oak are the hardwoods most often used on countertops.
Pros: Incredibly long-lasting when properly cared for, you can sand and reseal this countertop material as needed, it is relatively easy to clean, and it offers a charming, country look in most kitchens
Cons: Fairly expensive material, it can be damaged by water and stains over time, knives can cut and scratch this surface, if the wood isn’t oiled and sealed frequently the wood may crack, and bacteria can become an issue if this material is not properly maintained
Since no two sheets of marble are entirely the same, each marble countertop is one-of-a-kind, which may explain why this natural stone is commonly used for countertops in kitchens. It is common to see a portion of a countertop, such as the baking center, reserved for marble due to its high price tag. Here are some other things to be aware of:
Pros: Waterproof and heatproof, adds to real estate value of your home, and is a beautiful stone with unique veining
Cons: Expensive material, DIY installation is not possible, marble is porous and stains easily unless sealed, it can be scratched, and repairs are difficult to make on this material
Of the 94% of renovating homeowners who either replace all of their kitchen cabinets (65%) or partially replace the kitchen cabinets (29%) as part of their renovation, the majority of homeowners (76%) are choosing solid wood as the primary material of new cabinets. Among those partially upgrading cabinets, the percentage of homeowners refinishing cabinet exteriors jumped by 5 points from the previous year, to 65%. One in four individuals add some cabinets, while 23% replace only the cabinet doors. Cabinets with deep drawers for specialty storage, such as adding organizers for cookie sheets or trays, continue to be popular!
Appliances are the second most common feature that homeowners splurge on during their kitchen renovations (27%). Over a third of upgraded appliances include high-tech features (35%), up six percentage points from the previous year. The most popular kitchen appliance features are wireless and smart phone controls (26%), up eight percentage points from 2021.
When it comes to upgrading kitchen appliances, the study found that garbage disposals (52%) and beverage refrigerators (19%) are gaining popularity in particular this year. Nearly 1 in 5 renovating homeowners incorporated or plan to incorporate a beverage refrigerator (up 5% from last year) while 14% add or upgrade a wine refrigerator.
More than half of renovating homeowners (57%) either upgrade or add an island, and more than 1 in four homeowners (27%) upgrade an existing island, up by 3 percentage points from the previous year — a significant increase. Nearly 2 in 5 islands are more than 7 feet long, a significant increase from last year, indicating that islands in general are getting longer. Given the current work from home trend, it may come as no surprise that one in five homeowners (20%) say that a top activity they complete at their island following their kitchen renovation is work. Here’s a look at two of our favorite kitchen islands we recently completed:
The top choice for upgraded light fixtures in 2022? Undercabinet lights (with recessed lights trailing just behind them). Pendant lights saw a 4% increase in popularity for 2022. We love the way these pendant lights complete the space of a recent home renovation we completed:
What’s in style when it comes to flooring? Stained or unstained hardwood floor regained its #1 spot this year and vinyl/resilient flooring nearly doubled in popularity since 2019, taking the #2 spot away from ceramic or porcelain tile.
White kitchens are IN. The study revealed that white continues to lead as the top choice for kitchen cabinets, backsplash and walls (41%, 40% and 32% respectively).
The report also revealed that gray is the most common alternative to white, with 27% of homeowners painting their renovated kitchen walls gray, 13% installing gray flooring, and 11% choosing to opt for gray backsplash. Homeowners looking to add a pop of color to their space tend to be drawn towards blue, black, and green for their kitchen island cabinet colors.
The median spend for both major and minor kitchen remodels increased in mid-2021 by 14% to $40,000 and 25% to $10,000, respectively, compared to 2020. Likewise, the median spend for a major kitchen remodel of a large kitchen (250 SF or more) continued to climb for the fourth year in a row to $50,000, up $5,000 from the previous year. The median spend on a major small kitchen remodel (less than 250 SF) increased as well, up $5,000 from $35,000 in mid-2021.
Reach out to D&B Elite Custom today for a free consultation to see how we can make your home renovations a reality while staying within your budget.