2014 Trends in Kitchen Design

Every year, countless homeowners around the world design and remodel their kitchens.    As a professional kitchen designer, one of the most important parts of my job is to keep up-to-date of all of these new trends and see which ones fit my clients wants and needs.  Because of this, I am always on the lookout for what trends I think are starting to emerge, here to stay, or on the way out. Here some trends that are heating up right now, and will continue to get hotter throughout 2014 and beyond:

1. White & Gray –  White and gray color schemes were on the rise and 2013, and are expected to gain even more popularity in 2014.  People love the look and feel of bright open kitchens, and are using gray as a versatile neutral to add any needed amount of contrast.

2. Aged & Weathered Features –  Although I suspect more modern designs in cabinetry will start to rise,  I also think a mix of rustic/modern and  weathered/modern will be a key combination this year.  Some weathered woods that look like aged driftwood bring in a sense of chic to any design.  Another finish to watch for are antique distressed and paint chipping look.  They take regular distressing to a level that may feel almost historic.  Check out this kitchen with Dura Supreme cabinets that feature some weathered finishes.

3. Quartz Countertops –  We all know that granite has dominated the kitchen countertop market for many years now.  However, toward the end of 2013, quartz started skyrocketing in popularity.  Customers are leaning towards more consistent patterns, as well as the neutral colors that quartz has to offer. Not to mention, some quartz companies are getting good at mimicking marble which is a natural stone and higher maintenance.  Quartz is virtually maintenance free.

4. Integrated Technology –  I would say every kitchen I design now has some sort of technological integration included in the way of charging and docking stations, to flat screen tv’s.   Clients are also opting for special programming for lighting & sound features in their kitchen.  This comes in especially handy for when you are entertaining guests.  Touchless faucets are also on the rise, as are appliances that you can control from your smart phone.

5. Pet Friendly –  Integrating pet beds and food service areas have been a growing demand.  This will continue to grow, as those of us who are pet owners are keeping our 4 legged children in mind when working on the designs!

To learn more about kitchen designs that are increasing in popularity in 2014, and find out how they fit into your home, please contact me at Jessica@essencedesignstudio.com.

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