Designing a new kitchen involves more than just selecting cabinets and countertops. Matters such as how the kitchen fits and functions within the entire home, the impacts of technology and sustainability options, and others are as integral to the successful kitchen design as selecting the perfect color palette.

For many families, the kitchen is the hub of the home, so it is important to acknowledge how the space impacts adjacent rooms and traffic flow. New kitchen cabinet design features help to customize your space, including the ability to accommodate varying levels of mobility. Technology also comes to the kitchen, bringing energy-saving strategies with it.

For today’s post, we going to dive into the latest trends in kitchen design to help you kick-start your thinking about your 2015 renovation project!

The Home of the Future

Current cabinet design trends indicate that heading into 2015, new homes will be becoming smaller, greener, and contain more casual living space. Open floor plans satisfy a desire for gathering and connecting and these spaces transition easily for multi-purpose uses, integrating foyer, kitchen, dining and living spaces with flow and function. Due to this change in floor plan and layout trends, cabinet design will become even more crucial to tying the living space together with the kitchen.

In 2015, cabinetry styling trends will favor a “less is more” style, emphasizing clean lines with simpler moulding and carefully-selected accents. Common trends we’re going to continue to see that integrate this style include:

  • Flat-panel, Shaker-style door treatments are a strong design theme and are easy to maintain due to their lack of ornamentation.
  • Granite countertops continue to be in demand and are now partnered with butcher block, stainless steel and other surfaces in a variety of thicknesses, each selected for a specific task in the kitchen.
  • Backsplashes are generally comprised of glossy ceramic, porcelain or glass tile in either subtle or bold color combinations – sometimes even a combination of both!
  • Natural flooring materials such as ceramic, stone, hardwood and cork are favored, along with reclaimed and distressed wood finishes in wider, hand scraped planks. Colors range from gray and charcoal to bone and espresso.

Designing for Form, Flow and Function

Many new kitchens are favoring a streamlined look, featuring large window expanses that highlight a few wall cabinets. Open shelving is popular for those who want items within reach and can keep it neat. Professional-style appliances such as free-standing stainless steel gas ranges, the trend for years, are being challenged by sleek induction cook tops paired with double wall ovens. Under-counter options are increasingly prominent, with drawers that double as refrigerators, wine storage and even a pull-out microwave.

For faucets, the convenience of a pullout model is a desired feature, as are pot fillers. Brushed nickel is the leading finish option, followed by pewter, polished chrome and oil-rubbed bronze colorations. French door and bottom-freezer-drawer refrigerator models continue to dominate the market and healthy living is a strong trend, with more kitchens featuring steam ovens, induction cooking and warming drawers to keep nutritious dinners ready for active family members.

Going Green and Integrating Technology

Technology has changed the world and the home is no exception. Energy Star rated appliances are key – in fact, we wrote an entire blog dedicated to energy-efficient appliances. Compare the operational cost savings that these appliances offer to traditional models and you can see just how much money “going green” can save you.

In addition, today’s smart home features Wi-Fi enabled appliances that relay maintenance information to both the homeowner and the manufacturer, and green technologies throughout the home design including low-E windows, dual flush toilets and low-flow faucets. Be sure to check out our blog on Smart Homes for more information.

Using Color to Tie the Kitchen to the Rest of Your Home

Color trends are soft, moving away from stark whites in favor of creamy neutral palettes with just a hint of color such as gold, lavender, blue, and green. Painted, stained and matte cabinet finishes are increasingly mixed with wood, usually in earth tones including muted greens, chiffon yellows and deep blues, as well as browns, reds, blacks and grays. Be sure to integrate some of the same color tones throughout your home to have a flow from room to room, especially in open floor plan designs.

If you are interested in remodeling your kitchen to reflect the latest kitchen trends, our TruYouDesign™ process is an ideal way to start. Please visit our website for more information or a free estimate.

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