Kitchen Remodeling: The Top 5 Design Trends for 2014

Considering a kitchen remodeling project for the New Year? According to the Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report, 2014 is the year for kitchen remodeling with homeowners listing this as a top priority for home renovations. Whether you’ve already gathered some ideas or just started researching, here are some of the latest trends for you to consider for your brand new dream kitchen.

1) Black Countertops
Black Kitchen Counter Top

The sleek and sophisticated look of black countertops will be one of the hottest elements this year. More homeowners will be pairing the darker countertops with lighter materials, such as white cabinets, to provide a contrast. Instead of going with a glossy surface like traditionally polished granite countertops, consider going with a leather finish. As a result, you will have a subdued sheen with the benefit of hiding crumbs and streaks. Black countertops will provide your home with a tasteful, yet dramatic look.

2) Neutral and Darker Colors

Neutral Kitchen Counter Top

Homeowners have shown a great interest this year in incorporating darker paint colors for their kitchens such as black, dark red, deep brown, and copper. Since kitchens usually have very little exposed wall area, using darker colors will unlikely make the room feel small and closed in. Stainless steel appliances and dark wooden cabinets will integrate well with the deep hues. Adding in neutral colors, such as a gray backsplash, will create a beautiful soft look that will lighten up the kitchen.

3) Glass-front Cabinets and Open Shelves

Modern Kitchen

Displaying your best dinnerware has never been easier with glass-fronted cabinets and open shelves. Since the kitchen is a main gathering area, you can utilize these spaces by placing treasured items or photos for everyone to see. Glass-fronted cabinets and open shelves not only complement farmhouse and contemporary kitchens, they also work well with more traditional and sophisticated designs.

4) Sleeker Cabinet Door Styles

Modern Kitchen

Cabinets have a major impact on the style of a kitchen because they are such an important and plentiful element. The popularity of modern and transitional kitchens has led to an increased interest in simpler cabinet doors and less hardware. Some looks eliminate hardware entirely, by using push latches or recessed grooves in the doors for an even sleeker appearance.

5) Wood Topped Islands

wood-counter

In a majority of open plan kitchens, the island is the main physical and visual divider between the cooking and living areas. In order to join the two areas, many homeowners are topping islands with wood instead of traditional countertop materials such as granite or marble. This creates a furniture-like look that merges both the cooking and living areas together.