5 Current Trends in Kitchen Design

With the close of National Kitchen and Bath Month, we wanted to take a look at the current design trends in the industry. Here are the top five trends in the kitchen and bath industry.

1.Monochrome Basics

Simple, sleek, and classic are three words to describe the monochrome trend that has been around for some time. A monochromatic color scheme is a timeless look that isn’t going anywhere in 2014. Add a dash of natural wood or a colorful backsplash to add some visual interest to a monochromatic design and give the room an inviting appeal.

Allegro House Plan Kitchen
The kitchen of the Allegro house plan uses silver tones accented by a dark wood to create an intriguing ambiance.

2. Natural Woods

One other trend that has been sweeping the design industry is the addition of natural woods and earthy materials. Wood and stone countertops and beautiful natural wood cabinets are topping everyone’s list.

The Bellasera-D House Plan Kitchen
The kitchen of the Bellasera D house plan uses warm woods to create an inviting atmosphere. The black countertop adds a touch of contrast and breaks up the wood.

3. Colorful Backsplashes

Backsplashes are a great place to give your kitchen a unique accent. Look for unique tiles in a color that appeals to you, or mix and match to create a unique backsplash you will enjoy for years to come.  Keep the rest of the kitchen minimalistic and let your backsplash be the focal point.

Fireclay Tile Sunny Mid-Century Modern Kitchen
Fireclay Tile is the leading manufacturer of 100% glass tile. Available in a variety of colors and shapes you can mix and match their products to create a look that is all your own. Pictured here is the Sunny Mid-Century Modern Kitchen with the 2×4 tiles in Daffodil, arranged in a straight set.

4. Open Shelving

Cabinets will always be needed in the kitchen but open shelves are a growing design trend. Open shelves are a great way to display your eye-catching kitchen accessory and crockery. While you may not see a lot of open shelves now a lot of designers and manufacturers have started incorporating open shelving into their 2014 kitchen designs.

KraftMaid Light and Timeless Kitchen with Open Shelves
This KraftMaid® kitchen is light and timeless with beautiful natural wood cabinetry and open shelves that can be used to display beautiful utensils and crockery.

5. Warmer Metals

Designers have started favoring brass and copper just as much as they do silver metals. These darker metals have a warm and inviting patina that homeowners have taken to. You will see bronze and copper finishes on faucets, sinks, and even in light fixtures.

LAMPS PLUS Filigree Pendant Lights Kitchen
This LAMPS PLUS® kitchen features elegant iron oxide finish pendant lights that add a feminine touch to the weighty oak cabinetry while still maintaining the welcoming aura created by the warm woods.

Which of these kitchen trends is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out designs like these in The House Designers’ fabulous kitchen house plan collection.

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