Today’s dream kitchens aren’t about the sexist appliances or the most eclectric countertop materials. Cooking is returning to center stage and bringing together friends and family to partake in relaxed, casual entertainment functions. The kitchen is now seen as the watering hole, where people come together to spend time with those they love, and whose company they enjoy.
2014 is all about… Creating a warm and inviting environment that is low maintenance and eco-friendly.
- Mix of unexpected materials and textures.
- Clean lines, simple design, attention to detail… a “zen-like” look and feel.
- Repurposed furnishings
- Enviornmentally-sustainable materials and energy-saving appliances.
Most Popular Kitchen Color Schemes
- Off whites
Popularity of gray color schemes in kitchens increased dramatically in 2013, but still comes in third behind whites and off-whites.
“Grays, another neutral, remain on the upswing and touches of black add sophisication in the form of featured cabinetry and/or accessories. Countertops tell a similar story as authentic colors and neutrals, particularly warm grays, create an understated look which allows pops of color to be used in the decorative layer.” – Susan Serra, Certified Kitchen Designer
Countertops – Quartz was the material of choice in 2013.
- Less fussy patterning
% of Quartz in Kitchens
- 2010 – 73%
- 2011 – 71%
- 2012 – 69%
- 2013 – 80%
Other choices for countertop materials…
Porcelain & Ceramic – Slabs that look like stone, wood, and fabric.
- Custom and eye-catching look
- Endless colors to choose from
- Ability to shape the surface
- Embed materials into the surface