Kitchen Trends I Love Right Now

1.  Open Shelving.

If you have a small kitchen, open shelving has the dual function of maximizing visual space, while allowing you to display your nicest wares as a decorative piece.  Whether rustic or modern, this is a beautiful trend that is here to stay.

shelving stove paneling Slate blue cabinets with gold hardware:

My heart just skipped a beat.

Source: Birgmingham Home and Garden

Happily Married Spaces

Source:  Fixer Upper for HGTV

Plumbing pipe = DIY’ers dream.

 

Source: BHG

Stainless steel on black brackets?  Um, yes please.  Having the open space above softens the look of the matte black lower cabinets.  You barely even spot the microwave (next to the fridge).

2.  Benches Built Into Islands.

Open concept floorplans are so much of a trend, that it’s not even mentioning.  As you know, open concept combines spaces so that there are no walls dividing separate spaces.  For the people who do the cooking (like me) this means that you’re not confined to the kitchen while everyone is in the other room having fun.  I’ve seen more and more of these designs popping up and I have mixed feelings.  On one hand, you get everyone around you, and have an easy and convenient dining area.  On the other hand, you lose out on the family gathering around a kitchen island, presumably facing you while you’re doing food prep.  Regardless of how you feel, you have to admit that bench seating built into islands has a stunning visual effect on a home.

Kitchen Island with Built-In Bench

Source: HGTV

3.  Contrasting Cabinets.

I just love the white cabinet carcass with the wood and glass inset doors.  A perfect mix of traditional and shiny modern.

Source: BHG

These colors are to die for.  And I love how there appears to be different counter tops and back splashes.  Bonus points on the contrast with the wood floors.  The uniform hardware really ties in all of the different design elements in this kitchen.

Source: homedit

4.  Bright Colors.

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Seriously, how pretty is this kitchen?  The rustic wood island contrasts nicely with the bright glossy red cabinets and slick black counter tops.

Source: idealhomeinterior.com

 

5.  Subway Tile.

Green and white color scheme, which makes it feel light and airy #kitchen #kitchenidea http://www.cleanerscambridge.com/:

If you take away the mermaid green subway tiles (and the beautiful copper accents), it’s kind of a basic kitchen.  The color pop really brings this room to life.

Source: The Jungalow.

6.  Appliance Cabinets.

I hate a cluttered countertop.  I also hate having to dig through a base cabinet for a small appliance when I need it.  In a nutshell, I want it all.  Some creative designers have

Make Appliances Disappear ... nice hiding place for coffee pot and blender:

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

Really like the lift up door for appliances, and slide back door above it for the microwave. Clear Counter Clutter: 10 Inspiring Appliance Garages:

Source:  Apartment Therapy

small appliance storage - when we remodel:

Source:  Desk Layout Ideas

 

Hidden Appliance Cabinet and Desk Command Center in the Kitchen:

Microwaves = totally necessary daily + eyesore.  I love that this one his hidden away but still has easy access.  Bonus points on the command center.

Source:  Eleven Gables

Let me know if you like these, too and please share if you enjoyed!