If you’re considering giving your kitchen a makeover, you aren’t alone. The amount spent on kitchen remodels increased by 27% in 2018. This trend is only expected to continue through 2019.
With an increasing interest in kitchen remodeling, we see more and more beautiful kitchens photographed. You can use these kitchens as inspiration for your remodel. By paying attention to the repeating trends, you can modernize your kitchen.
Use these seven ideas to help you create a magazine photoshoot-worthy kitchen in your home.
Having an industrial-looking vent above your stove is outdated. You have two options. You could embrace the look of having a vent and replace yours with a statement one of copper or brass.
A modern trend, though, is to hide the vent. This will create a seamless look across your kitchen.
If you have slab or shaker cabinets, use that look across the front of your vent. This will trick the eye into thinking it’s a continuous line of cabinets. You could even mount hardware on the front to complete the cabinet door look.
If you don’t have cabinets on either side of your vent, you can still enclose it. A common choice is to use wood to create an enclosure around the vent. Choose a wood tone that will complement the rest of the kitchen.
White kitchens have always been, and will always be a popular kitchen decor choice. But this year, people are taking this look a bit further. There’s no denying that all white tends to look stark and cold.
So to combat this, those with an eye for design are combining wood and white. This embraces the trend of bringing in natural materials to interior design.
To successfully pull off this look, try balancing the amount of wood and white you use. That way, there’s an equal amount of each in your kitchen.
You could make your cabinets white, but the fronts wood. Or you could have all white cabinets and a beautiful butcher block countertop.
Another option is to use subway tile on the wall of the kitchen. Then use thick wood planks for shelving.
Black has always been a color that makes a sophisticated statement. This year, matte black is making its mark on cabinets.
There are two ways you can create this look in your home. You could replace your current cabinets with black ones, or you could have your existing cabinets painted a matte black.
If you’re worried that black cabinets might close in your kitchen too much, try painting only your bottom cabinets. This will let you accomplish the look while also maintaining brightness.
The use of industrial materials has increased over the past few years, with the most popular being concrete. If you don’t want to use concrete, you could use a spoof material that looks just like it.
When you use concrete, you’ll want to balance it with warm and soft materials. Otherwise, you risk your kitchen becoming too industrial and cold.
Pick one place where you’ll use concrete and stick with it. For instance, you could use it as your flooring. Or you could use it as your countertop.
There was a time when rules of decor and fashion were clear; you don’t mix your metals. Throw that rule out the window.
These days you can create a chic and modern look by artfully combining pieces that are different metals. The trick is to combine the right pieces that complement and don’t clash.
Soft brass was king in 2018, but it isn’t your only option in 2019. This year, you’ll see pewter, copper, and black making their way into kitchens.
When pairing metals in your home, think about the tone of the metal. Then consider the finish, whether shiny or a soft matte would look better.
You could use a soft finished gold with hammered iron. This will create a delicate balance of feminine and masculine influences.
Boring, industrial square metal sinks are on the way out. These days, the most beautiful kitchens have a unique sink that makes a statement.
To do this trend well, look for a custom-made sink. This lets you embrace the trend of craftsmanship.
You could select a custom hammered coppered sink. Or you could embrace the natural stone look with a polished marble sink.
Don’t let your focus narrow to just the material the sink is made out of – think about the shape. Extra deep sinks will give you more room for cleaning. A trough sink will provide you with increased functionality as a drink display during parties.
One of the biggest kitchen trends is turning them into an energy-efficient smart kitchen. This includes everything from changing out the plugs to replacing the appliances.
For your outlets, you can replace the standard two electric plug outlets with one that is motion-activated or one that has USB plugs. This makes your light switches hands-free and automatic.
For appliances, you can upgrade your refrigerator to one that connects to the rest of your smart home technology. It can help you maintain your calendar, search for recipes, and track expiration dates. It can even show you what is currently in your fridge through an app on your phone.
Consider incorporating one or more of these modern kitchen trends. By using a little restraint, you can create a kitchen that is both beautiful and functional.
This will put you squarely in line with the most beautiful kitchens of the time.
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