Adapted from an article published on DeringHall.com
In the renovation spirit? Just in time for autumn redecorating, here are six trends that you'll be seeing in kitchens around the country.
Trend #1: Double Kitchen Islands
Double islands are truly the new breakfast table because they create a ton of extra surface space within the kitchen and offer an amazing flow for entertaining. Two kitchen islands provide purposeful storage and they are great for entertaining. One way to keep the kitchen from feeling repetitive is by playing with the cabinet finishes and using dual tones for fresh contrast.
Source: Beth Dotolo, Pulp Design Studios
Trend #2: Cozy, Comfortable Seating
People are thinking beyond the practical kitchen table, usually overflowing with their kids’ clutter and a common place for family and friends to linger. A new trend embraces the idea of a space that’s inviting and durable by choosing leather bench seating or sunbrella-upholstered benches and opting for freestanding furniture instead of built-in banquettes.
Source: Rebekah Zaveloff, KitchenLab
Trend#3: Enhanced Functionality
The kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s where families gather not only to prepare meals, but where children do their homework, adults pay bills and everyone watches television and entertains. There is an emerging trend in incorporating desks and built-in TVs, along with casual dining tables and soft seating, into the kitchen. Kitchens have always been one of the most important rooms of a house but now they blur the lines of what is traditionally found in other areas of the home.
Source: Joanna Goodman, Christopher Architecture & Interiors
Trend #4: Mixed Material Custom Cabinetry
Custom cabinetry with unique finishes and material combinations, have opened a new realm of creative possibilities for homeowners. From high-gloss lacquers to cool matte colors and mesmerizing grain patterns, the sky's the limit in terms of specialty options. Homeowners that use these special accents to achieve a one-of-a-kind look can help ensure that their investment stands the test of time by sticking to a balanced and harmonious palette.
Source: Robert Bakes, Bakes & Kropp
Trend #5 Colorful Dinnerware
Due to the consistent demand for timeless white kitchens, more and more decorators are open to incorporating color through their dinnerware. “Statement” porcelain ultimately allows for a homeowner to add a semi-permanent commitment by showcasing dinnerware on a display wall, with accent colors such as deep a blue-green mosaic pattern.
Source: Lindsey Katalan, CURATED by St. Charles of New York
Trend #6: Opening Up of Kitchen Spaces
Smaller spaces are being opened up to incorporate broader entertainment functions. Often we are removing walls between kitchen and dining rooms and including an open island or peninsula to connect the two. This enables families to expand the size and functionality of kitchen and dining areas and allows these spaces to serve several purposes.
Source: Paula McDonald, Paula McDonald Design Build & Interiors