The kitchen is truly the heart of the home. For families, cooks, and those that love entertaining, the kitchen is the center of activity in the house. It is the one room where it is most essential to not only beautiful but functional as well. Designing a well thought out kitchen can set the tone for the entire house. We’ve gathered our favorite current kitchen design trends and pinnable kitchen ideas from your favorite designers.
Architects no longer tuck kitchens away from the main entertaining areas. Today’s kitchens are the center of the party! Open concept kitchen design with access to both the dining and living areas are dominating all design publications.
The idea of an open concept kitchen is not at all unusual, especially in the case of modern and contemporary homes. Nowadays the tendency is to make the interior as fluid as possible and to simplify the structure and the decor as much as possible without sacrificing the functionality. It’s why eliminating the barrier between the kitchen and the social spaces, is a practical move. Most often, the kitchen is linked to the dining area and the two spaces are adjacent. The dining table usually becomes a buffer zone between the kitchen and the living/seating area. –Interiorzine
Another big trend in kitchen design is the use of integrated appliances that blend in with the cabinetry.
Fully integrated appliances work like a normal appliance but are styled to blend into your kitchen cabinet designs. This is one of the main differences between an overlay and a fully integrated refrigerator. Fully integrated units are completely camouflaged into your cabinets when they are installed. There will not be any visible hinges or compressor vents to give your appliances away. When they are closed, these appliances look identical to the kitchen cabinets. These appliances are one of the top choices for kitchen designers because they do not take away from the design and adds more versatility to the space. –Kenwood Kitchens
Kitchen ideas today show a propensity towards open shelving. Modern homeowners enjoy displaying their ceramics for all to see.
More than any color, style, or even sink shape, open shelving is arguably the biggest trend in kitchen design right now. In a beautifully designed and styled kitchen like the one above, it’s easy to see why. From an appearance perspective, having open shelves allows your kitchen to showcase more personality than wall-to-wall monotone cabinets. Plants, bowls, cookbooks, mugs—you name it—are shown off, adding color and texture to the space. The shelves themselves can also be an accent with material options from raw wood to stainless steel and everything in between. Because of that, open shelving can really fit in with any design style, from minimal and industrial to traditional and eclectic. –Maggie Burch for Southern Living
Ceiling Height Back Splash
With the popularity of open shelving in the kitchen comes the choice of ceiling height back splashes. This trend is proving to be quite popular in modern kitchens.
Ceiling-height backsplashes can give classic tile a fresh and modern look by highlighting a single area of the kitchen, creating a focal point, or help a large patterned tile sing loud and proud. Higher backsplashes will unite all aspects of the space, and brighten up the space with the reflective qualities of the tile itself. Especially if you are using white subway tiles. Not to mention that tile can create a visual break from all the cabinetry making the kitchen feel more open by adding surface area. creating a stunning background for your work area. –Sebring Design Build
Incorporating any of these options into your kitchen design guarantees a fresh, modern feel. Use a few of these kitchen ideas when planning your own remodel. For more home design inspiration, explore Your Ultimate Luxury Closet.