Keeping up with kitchen trends isn’t quite like peeking over your neighbor’s fence, but it’s close. Flash in the pan or not, trends can give us cues for increasing a home’s short-term resale value or simply inspire us for an upcoming renovation. Your kitchen is the one place where you want to be really careful about trendy choices. The last thing you want is a kitchen that’s out of sync in just a few years simply because you followed a trend. Instead, look at the trends in terms of the value they bring to your life and your home. Here are five trends that are were popular, but don’t have quite the staying power they once did.
- Granite countertops. In the past, granite countertops meant quality, prestige, and durability. But there’s a new kid on the block that has really become the new favorite among designers and homeowners, and that’s quartz. With low maintenance, high durability and endless color choices, engineered quartz offers a tempting alternative to natural stone countertops. And for many homeowners choosing quartz, the virtually unlimited color options are what sells them. But, what makes quartz such an appealing choice is actually it’s invisible attributes. Quartz countertops are close to indestructible, so durable that most manufacturers offer a warranty, something you won’t find with granite. It’s also not porous like other stone surfaces, so these countertops are much more sanitary in a home kitchen. You can keep them 99.9 percent bacteria-free. This durability also means that, unlike other types of stone countertops, quartz resists staining or corrosion from cooking oils, liquids and most household cleaning products — so there’s no need for periodic resealing of the surface.
- All Grey kitchens. While the color grey in all of its forms, beige, greige and taupe have become all rage in the last few years, it doesn’t have the staying power as other choices for kitchen cabinets. If you want a truly timeless choice for cabinet color it would be white, and all it’s forms such as pearl, dove, ivory and classic bright white. And when you pair that with a secondary color or even a wood tone, you get a rich and gorgeous purposeful look. Where you need to be careful in “dating” the kitchen is in the appliance choices, door styles, flooring choices, and counter choices . Some of the more popular choices can end up being heralded as “dated” down the road. This includes backsplash tile.
- Subway Tile Although the subway tile look on a kitchen backsplash is currently very strong, one type of backsplash is really starting to emerge as a favorite among designers and homeowners and that is backsplash with more tone on tone pattern.
- The Kitchen Desk Putting a desk in the kitchen was all the rage for about a decade, because most family life revolves around the kitchen. Now we are taking out kitchen desks in nearly every kitchen remodel that we install. While some may love having it within reach when working in the kitchen, most end up loathing the clutter that it creates. Everybody drops their keys, wallets, newspapers, mail, etc on the desk. Whenever company comes over, everything gets shoved into the drawers and forgotten. The problem is that a kitchen desk just ends up stacked with papers and clutter that you don’t want to see. Pass on the desk, and relegate household business to the home office.
- Distressed Cabinets Distressed and glazed cabinet finishes are a fixture in many a country kitchen. While this style of cabinet rose in popularity over the last decade, it’s now falling out of fashion. When choosing finishes for a cabinet replacement or refacing, choose more modern looks, whether crisp paint colors or clean wood tones.
Ultimately, your kitchen needs to reflect you and your own personal taste. What works for some, may not work for others, but keep an open mind when designing this very important area so that your kitchen will stand the test of time and truly give you a timeless and comforting space.
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