Right now, real estate prices continue to be pervasively high, and so is demand, while inventory is low. The market is making many people reconsider whether or not it’s the right time to buy a new home, and instead, they’re opting to make changes to their current house.
The kitchen is one of the prime places to take on a remodeling project because it’s where most people spend the vast majority of their time.
If you’re thinking about a kitchen refresh or a complete remodel this spring, the following are some of the top trends designers love.
Organizing is everything in a kitchen. When you have a well-organized kitchen, it makes cooking and everything else that much easier.
We all have ideas about what an organized kitchen looks like and how it functions, so many homeowners opt to customize their kitchen organization.
In the Houzz 2022 U.S. Kitchen Trends Study, more than half of homeowners said they would be upgrading their space with built-in, custom organizers.
Rather than designing kitchens to look flawless and brand new, one of the trends in design right now is creating a more well-worn, lived-in look. For example, unlacquered brass finishes are popular, as are imperfect handmade tiles. Muddier hues of paint are also a beautiful way to make the space look like it’s been there for decades.
Homeowners are embracing a more natural aesthetic, so instead of polished stone, for example, they’re using things like soapstone and patina metals.
While homeowners still tend to love subway tile, they’re using options like stone and white brick to give dimension and warmth along with unique, varying textures.
Natural materials and sustainability are top priorities for many people, as shown in kitchen design.
Exposed beams and butcher block countertops are timeless additions to these spaces.
Wood adds warmth and feels naturally inspired.
Deep, rich wood tones are especially nice right now, even if they’re just in the form of an accent piece.
While the design concepts are returning to more traditional sensibilities, the appliances in many dream kitchens are high-tech.
People love appliances with smartphone apps and wireless controls, for example.
You can control things like cooking time from your phone, or if you can’t remember whether or not you have milk when you’re at the store, you can use an app to take a look inside the refrigerator.
We talked above about how kitchen design moves toward a more dimensional, imperfect aesthetic. Glazed tiles are part of that trend.
Glazed porcelain tiles are made of clay, and they go through a firing process to get a glossy finish, making them ideal for a backsplash. Glazed tiles are also durable and long-lasting.
Using Antique Furniture
Again, using antique or vintage furniture ties back to some of the above trends. It’s the perfect way to be more sustainable in your design and add that lived-in comfort and inviting warmth you might want in the space.
For example, you can use a vintage farm table as an island without doing a big renovation.
Finally, marble finishes might not be practical, but they’re certainly beautiful. Marble is making a return, although homeowners aren’t necessarily opting to put it throughout their kitchen. Instead, they’re using something more durable on the surfaces that see the most use and then adding marble as a statement piece elsewhere.
You do have to accept when using marble that etches will happen, but you might be okay with that as it will give the surface that well-worn charm.
WRITTEN BY ASHLEY SUTPHIN