We missed the boat this year on our blog featuring 2017's trend prediction, but there's one that we're really starting to see in kitchens that is totally blog worthy. I'm not sure if this is really a trend - more a category of trends that all achieve the same goal. Given the rise in popularity of open concept kitchens, great rooms and small open concept condos, we're seeing more and more kitchens that blend into the rest of the living space. We've already seen it with flooring choices. When open concept kitchens first started becoming big, we were still installing tile on the floor, and keeping the visual room division since the tile would define the kitchen area. Now, I think we're installing wood flooring in 100% of our open concept kitchens.
The wood trend is so big that its practicality is no longer a concern for homeowners and we believe that we're going to keep heading in that direction. Homeowners are starting to be more willing to sacrifice some practical elements of their kitchens for aesthetics since the kitchen is open to the rest of their living space and will therefore have a greater impact on the overall feel of their home. Here are the top kitchen trends that lead us to believe that we want our kitchens to blend in with the rest of our furniture.
We've seen it first hand with our clients that designing a kitchen with no uppers used to be unheard of. No one would even consider it since the main focus in kitchen design used to be maximizing storage. Well, in 2016-2017, we've designed several kitchens with either no uppers or very few uppers and we didn't have to twist anyone's arm either! Homeowners are willing to sacrifice a little storage to create a kitchen that feels more open, lighter and fresh. Having no upper cabinets allows for the use of a fun backsplash, a larger window or even a blank surface that can be decorated with art or floating shelves.
Although this can be quite the splurge both in cabinetry and in the actual appliance, we're seeing a rising trend for panelled appliances. The brass trend may be influencing it since some people don't like the look of mixed metals which happens when you pair brass hardware with stainless appliances, but I'd like to think that it's because we want our kitchen tools to say hidden. By panelling the fridge, dishwasher and hood vent they just become another piece of furniture. So much so, that I wouldn't be surprised if panelled ovens will soon be available.
Open shelving has been around in kitchens forever, but these days, we're not using the shelves for dishes. We're displaying art, books, accessories, anything unconventional that would steer your mind away from being in a kitchen.
ELLABORATE BUTLER PANTRIES
This one is definitely not for the master chef, but very practical for the entertainer or pro takeout orderer (I fall into this last category!). With open concepts, kitchens have become THE gathering point for dinner parties and cocktails. Everyone huddles around the island with a glass of wine and its even sometimes difficult to get guests to take a seat. As a host, the challenge is to keep our workspace clean and presentable since its visible to all. So much so, that some have built separate rooms, off the main kitchen that can be used as a secondary kitchen fully stocked with a sink, dishwasher and even an oven. Yes, you read right, they've built a "show kitchen" that is kept clean and clutter-free while the mess is being made in a separate room. Butler pantries are historically a room joining the kitchen and the dining room that serve as a prep space for the meals, beverages and dinnerware. Since most of us no longer have butlers, this room can be repurposed and used for a little more than setting plates and serving drinks. It also allows for more creativity with the design since it's a closed space.
Whether you're looking for something totally unconventional or a traditional kitchen that will be a timeless addition to your home, we can help you with the entire process! Contact us today to schedule a consultation.