Kimberly Duran, award-winning interior design blogger at Swoon Worthy, tells us which kitchen trends are worth investing in..
A kitchen remodel, most will agree, is a costly investment. When designing your kitchen, your budget can quickly spiral out of control if you don’t keep a close eye on your spend. While it can be easy to get caught up in the latest trends, gadgets, finishes and materials, no one wants to find themselves in the position of having to replace things – or worse, having to remodel – a few years down the line. So, choosing items that have longevity for your kitchen remodel is a great way to ensure you’ll love your new kitchen for many years to come.
While you may want to have an updated style for your kitchen, here are a few 2017 kitchen trends that will give your kitchen a stylish new look whilst also proving to be good investments in the long term. Whilst no one can completely predict what will fall in and out of fashion, these 4 kitchen trends take their cues from the classics and so spending a little more on these particular features should result in some smart investments.
The classic subway tile has been around since the turn of the 20th century. Victorians, obsessed with hygiene, saw these little rectangular tiles unveiled in underground stations around the world and soon, the look caught on in any space where cleanliness was paramount. These classic beauties are still on trend today and have been used in residential and commercial properties alike across the globe for decades. They’ve enjoyed a recent resurgence and you can’t go far wrong with the simple rectangular white tile – they’ll just as easily suit a contemporary new build as they will a character property.
Another trend we’re seeing in kitchen design is the use of natural wood on cabinetry and worktops. The days of stark utilitarian kitchens are over and kitchens now seamlessly blend in with every other room in the home. In response, kitchen designers are creating cabinets that could pass for pieces of furniture. Using natural wood finishes keep the look light and simple, bringing the outdoors in and creating a warm and welcome environment – something that rarely falls out of fashion.
The Kitchen Island
There is little doubt that the way people are using their kitchens has changed over time. As the hub of the home, the kitchen is where meals are prepped, of course, but it also serves as the central meeting place, the homework spot, the catching-up-on-the-internet area, the place everyone ends up at a party. And so, opening up the kitchen to the rest of the home creates a more sociable space, perfect for the way we live today. Using a central island or breakfast bar visually separates the kitchen area whilst keeping it open and airy. The trend for kitchen islands isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and as such, can be a sound investment for creating a more open and sociable space.
And finally, another classic which is enjoying a resurgence is the beautiful shaker style cabinet. This cabinet design has been used for decades with just enough detail to be interesting but not so overly embellished as to easily date itself. If you are looking to create something a little more interesting, consider painting them in a trendier colour like a soft grey and in time, you can simply repaint them as the shape and style will certainly continue to stand the test of time.
Are you are looking to invest in your own kitchen remodel? Be sure to check out our guide, How to plan your kitchen costs.
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