To many, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. Beyond its mere utilitarian purposes—preparing food, washing dishes—it’s a place to make memories, as well as meals. The kitchen has become a universal hub for domestic and social activity: bonding with family, having a glass of wine with friends, doing homework, making phone calls, gossiping about the neighbors, and more. With so many varied interests and options taking place in one location, it’s hardly surprising that the kitchen is one of the most fussed-over and thoughtfully conceived rooms in any house.
What’s Cooking In Kitchen Trends For 2015
In a recent article for Houzz written by Natasha Saroca, the author lists a number of different trends and looks for the new year. Here’s a quick breakdown of the hot kitchen trends she says homeowners will be looking for:
1) Furniture-style design features – This popular trend emphasizes the family room concept that carries over into the kitchen making it the primary gathering spot.
2) Open, Airy Shelving – Here’s a practical solution that not only frees up more easy-to-get-to space but warms up the kitchen making it more open and lived-in.
3) Wallpaper that wows – Incorporating wallpaper into the kitchen is a great way to set the tone and mood for your guests, as well as complementing existing themes or furniture motifs.
4) Modern traditional style – It sounds like a contradiction but modern traditional simply refers to homeowners going away from ultra-sleek designs for a more warm, inviting vibe with mixed materials: wood, metal, marble, and glass.
5) Ceilings that make you look up – Today’s homeowner takes advantage of the entire kitchen space—that includes ceilings, which make you look up and around to extend the borders of the room.
6) Luxe Metallics – Look for warmer metalics like gold, copper, and bronze to liven up and replace the traditional silver, chrome, and stainless metals that are typically associated with kitchen design.
7) Touch-me textures – Texture and textured accents will be in vogue for 2015, in a big way. Natural marble, granite, and engineered stones are trending to create a more natural, organic feel.
8) Beautiful black – While some prefer open, bright and airy, a kitchen that is adorned in black dominant tones adds a touch of elegance that is both bold and sleek.
9) Minimal wall cabinets – Kitchen cabinets are overrated, at least in the eyes of some designers, who prefer open-plan kitchens that have minimal wall cabinets will further enhance a room’s sense of spaciousness.
10) Repetitive patterns – Ahh, the familiarity that repetition brings can add a distinct elegance to your kitchen with fashion-savvy art decco and art nouvea patterns.
11) Tribal-inspired tones – Inspired by Native American and Moroccan cultures, rich, vibrant, attention-grabbing patterns are gaining prevalence, replacing more subdued monochromatic and all-white color schemes.
12) Vertical-joint wood paneling – New V-joint paneling adds detail and depth to traditional paneling through the use of angles that create the effect of movement and flow.
13) Shaker style – This isn’t necessarily new, per se, but Shaker-influenced kitchen designs certainly isn’t going out of style. This look keeps things traditional and textural with a simplicity that is refreshing in our hectic lives.