When we think of home remodeling projects, the first room we tend to think of is the kitchen – and with good reason. A professionally remodeled kitchen not only looks great and adds functionality to one of the most used spaces in your home, it also adds value to your property, especially if you keep the latest design trends in mind. In this article, we are going to look at some of the hottest kitchen remodeling trends for 2014 – and beyond!
Tastes in kitchen design range from rustic to contemporary and everything in-between. Modern touches mixed with high-tech embellishments, green and eco-friendly designs with focuses on energy and water efficiency, and large, open concept kitchens, perfect for family gatherings, are all favorites for homeowners looking to give their kitchen the ultimate makeover.
With so many options and so many different styles available, it can be hard to say definitively what kitchen trends are hotter than others, but there are some common themes we see, and those are the ones we are highlighting in this blog post.
Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2014
As tech becomes more of a feature in our lives, it is only natural to find smart kitchen technologies infiltrating our cooking and entertaining space. Whether it be mounted tablets and refrigerators with built-in, high-definition televisions/DVDs (great for following along with recipes or catching up on your favorite tv shows), or USB-plugs that charge mobile devices, high-tech is steadily making its way into our kitchens.
Of course, the addition of tech isn’t limited to just entertainment. Kitchen appliances that focus on energy and water efficiency – think lights that sense motion in the kitchen and turn on or off in response or smart faucets that operate in a similar fashion – are becoming all the rage as well. Part of this has to do with the concept of green design becoming more popular, as well as the need to cut back on monthly utility bills.
Color has always been a big deal in the kitchen, but in the past this option has been primarily relegated to features like paint, tile, and backsplashes. Now, thanks in part to clever kitchen appliance manufacturers, colors are starting to show up in bold places, such as ovens, refrigerators and even dishwashers.
Gone are the days where your only option for kitchen appliances is black, white or stainless steel. While these are still popular choices, vibrant colors such as red, blue and green are helping to add a little pop to kitchens in an entirely unexpected way, daring homeowners to be bold in their color choices. And – not surprisingly – they are stepping up to the challenge.
Open Kitchen Design
Spacious kitchens, designed for entertaining family and friends for the holidays and special occasions, seem to be on every homeowners wishlist. One big request we see a lot is tear-downs of dividing walls between the kitchen and living room, creating an open, seamless space between the two areas.
Hardwood floors – once unheard of for kitchen flooring options – are becoming more popular as well, as homeowners look to create continuity between these new blended spaces.
Finally, kitchen islands that increase the storage, functionality and anesthetics of a home’s kitchen are trending in a big way, too. From butcher block and cooktop to custom-made, kitchen islands are clearly here to stay and should be a staple in any home with the space and budget to work one into their design or remodel project.