The Kitchen … The New “Living” Room

Since the beginning of time, the kitchen has been the engine room of the house. A place to eat, meet, catch up and hang out. When remodeling or designing your dream kitchen it is important to give thoughtful planning as to how you and your family live, how the space will be used, and an understanding of what’s hot and what’s not in today’s kitchen trends. 

The kitchen is now more than a kitchen. The open concept kitchen is popular. Kitchen Islands are not only large but are making a statement as they differentiate from other cabinetry. Most islands feature 2-3 custom lighting pendants above. White subway tile is still the top choice but many are wanting to install multi-colored tiles which supports a growing desire for statement backsplashes. Hardwood floors and engineered quartz for countertops continue to be popular choices. 

People are beginning to turn away from a kitchen of solid stainless steel. Mixing different materials on appliances, sinks, faucets, lighting fixtures, and cabinet hardware creates a deeper, more dynamic design, which can make the kitchen cozier, and a more interesting room to be in. Smart appliances such as smart refrigerators and smart ovens are popular but at the top of the list are touchless faucets. 

Kitchens, like the rest of the house, are warming up. Decorator items to consider are matte finishes, copper accents, area rugs, statement hoods, lots of plants, and the addition of a butler’s pantry or prep kitchen. The color green for cabinets is gaining traction. Blue, grey, and white are still popular. English and “heritage-inspired” kitchens are capturing the imagination of design-forward homeowners, incorporating furnishings like vintage hutches, plate racks, and artwork that might have only hung in a living or dining room before. Kitchens aren’t about cooking. We long for them to be more liveable and inviting.

The most important room in your house is the kitchen. It mirrors your lifestyle. You can make a statement about your lifestyle with your kitchen. More than anything, kitchens are for living. They are a hive of activity and are filled with energy. The kitchen of the future is the new “living” room!