Kitchen Design Trends Worth Keeping An Eye On

Kitchen Design Trends Worth Keeping An Eye On

By Jennifer Bua

Working with buyers and sellers every day, I get a pretty direct view into which home design trends are gaining steam and which ones are falling out of favor. One of my favorite rooms to focus on when thinking about design — and I know I’m not alone here: the kitchen.

Here are a few of the current kitchen design trends that have been on my mind lately:

Open spaces

A kitchen that’s more than a kitchen

We’ve all seen the popularity of open floor plans grow, and there’s good reason buyers love the concept so much: Even if your space isn’t huge, the openness adds a sense of brightness and roominess, and gives you easy access to family and guests even if you’re tending to something on the stovetop.

A kitchen that’s part of a “great room,” open to a dining and/or family space, isn’t going to get less popular anytime soon. Click through the photos for the above home, on the market in Green Hills — the kitchen, dining area and living area are wide open and perfect if you love to entertain.

Focus on lighting and fixtures

A trend that won’t go out of style

This was true 10 years ago, and it’ll be true 10 years from now: It’s a huge mistake to neglect lighting and fixtures in your kitchen design budget if you’re thinking about putting your home on the market. A few tried and true choices:
  • To complement a contemporary look, give some thought to recessed lighting. It brightens your space without breaking up those clean lines.
  • For a more formal feeling — over an eating area, for example — pendants and chandeliers can bring drama and style.
  • My favorite: Mix both for an eclectic look, like the above home, on the market in Franklin (for $425,914). It feels clean, stylish, bright and welcoming, and the attention to lighting makes the space feel like the homeowners haven’t missed a key detail.

Solid-surface countertops

Affordable and gaining traction 

Granite was a must-have to many people for a long time, and stone is still very popular. But durable and affordable solid-surface countertops are gaining traction for good reason. These materials look great, don’t stain, need no major upkeep and in lots of cases can be really eco-friendly (some manufacturers use up to 15 percent recycled content).

Bright and bold colors

Just be subtle with your boldness

If you love bright cabinets and you plan on staying in your home for the long haul, go for it. But if you think you may sell at some point in the not-so-distant future, this is a trend that, albeit really fun, can be a little dangerous. Those bright colors can turn off buyers, so here’s a way to enjoy that bold pop without limiting your buyers: Focus on your accent pieces to bring in the brightness.

Separate freezer and refrigerator

Cool choice on the high-end side

If there’s enough space to accommodate a separate refrigerator and freezer, that function/design choice brings a lot of benefits. For one, there’s all that extra space for day-to-day needs and longer-term freezing. But from a design standpoint, it can add a really beautiful symmetry to your space, too.

Classic backsplash looks

Subway tile: still a great choice

Subway tiles are timeless, and if you’re renovating, it’s hard to go wrong with that choice. But some twists on the standard white subway tile are getting more and more love — try smaller sizes, subtle shifts in color and/or glass tiles, if you want something a little different. If you click through to the kitchen on the above home — on the market in Oak Hill for $999,000 — you’ll see a gorgeous subway backsplash choice in a subtle neutral tone that sets off the white cabinets.

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Soft earth tones

Stay neutral without being boring

Stark whites have been moving aside for warmer, softer tones in kitchens — particularly grays, or what I like to call “shadow colors.” The above home — on the market in Franklin for $524,900 — makes use of a lot of the kitchen/dining design trends I’ve been loving lately: soft grays, a mix of contemporary and formal lighting, simple and timeless cabinet door styles and an open concept with an island that looks more like a furniture piece. Other colors I’m seeing more of and loving: muted greens and subtle yellows.

So tell me: What are your favorite current kitchen trends? Love to hear your thoughts. 

If you’re thinking about putting your house on the market and want some expert advice on how to maximize your investment, I’m always glad to help. If you’re buying and hunting for that perfect kitchen, I’d love to help you too. Just give me a call or drop me an email!


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Dated: August 29th 2014
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