||With a new year
upon us, many are looking ahead to new home renovation
projects. One of the most popular home renovation
projects of 2013 was kitchen
remodeling and re-design. According to the experts,
2014 will be no different. Kitchen remodeling remains
the number one project on most homeowners lists,
and design is a big part of it. Sure, it’s
nice to get new appliances and a new layout, but
what we’re really all after is a beautiful
new appearance for our most treasured space.
Is re-designing the kitchen on your list for 2014?
If so, check out these hot trends hitting the kitchen
design world this year so that you can get cooking
with your dream kitchen ideas.
Dark, Bold Colors
Former trends in kitchens have involved infusing
most surfaces within the space with white or other
light colors to drive home brightness. True, diffusing
natural light is a major goal of most kitchen designs.
However, current trends have big, bold colors being
brought into the kitchen, covering up the boring
bright whites of yesteryear. Splashes of cobalt
blue, deep red, and forest green are being brought
into kitchen design via accent walls, design elements,
cabinetry, tiles, and more.
Is white totally out? Not necessarily. White may
still play a role in kitchens in 2014, either in
cabinetry or on some (but probably not all) walls.
Splashes of color are finding their way to walls
via paint and onto countertop surfaces by way of
plates and other design elements like vases and
flowers. So white may still stick around (it’s
a classic, after all), but as a complement to the
big bolds that are being brought in by way of paint
Dark, Bold Countertops
Sticking with the trend above, dark coloring is
finding its way to countertops as well. In fact,
darker than dark: black! Black granite and quartz
is becoming a very popular choice for kitchen
countertops. Granite and quarts are both natural
materials that offer a wide range of pros, including
durability and ease of upkeep. They have both long
been a favorite for kitchens, but the ubiquity of
black is hotter than hot this year.
Dark colors like black, dark browns, and dark grays
on countertops work to complement nearly any color
scheme, from stark whites to bits of big bold color
as this year’s designs are trending.
Why hide away all that beautiful stemware and all
of those beautiful vibrant Fiestaware plates? Current
trends have homeowners putting their best and brightest
on display, infusing their kitchen space with their
belongings as decorations. To make this trend possible,
open air shelving is hitting walls in kitchens everywhere.
Shelves installed where closed cabinets would typically
be found opens up a wide world of possibility when
it comes to displaying your beautiful gadgets in
What types of items are commonly displayed?
• Pots and
• Oils &
• Dried Goods
(rice, barley, etc.) in Jars