black, gray and white kitchen

Kitchen design and trends are important when updating a home. Clients ask “if I were to renovate my kitchen what should I do?” First off, I would never recommend someone to do just before selling your house. If you are planning on staying a while, three or more years, then it could be a consideration if you find that your kitchen is dated.

According to polls taken, and trends sighted in design magazines, white kitchen cabinets are still very popular. This shows that light and bright are typically the choice of many. Counters that are of a hard surface like quarts, natural stone are still desirable by the majority, but other surfaces such as stainless or concrete have their place in today’s designs.

Smart technology is now being incorporated into kitchen design with appliance bringing convenience into our lives. The question I always hear is, “should we have all stainless appliances?”  Stainless has been popular for years, but at the Architectural Digest show last year, many of the manufactures were featuring black appliances. So I would not be surprised that stainless takes a back seat for a while.

The key when redesigning a kitchen is to ensure it will serve your needs first, and it will not look dated within five years time. Here I searched the internet for kitchens I find to be clean, classic, and very tastefully done that will endure the test of time for many years to come.

The white with soft gray cabinets are classic. Note the use of different materials for the counters. The open style is nice for the family as well as entertaining.

If you are not hooked on white cabinetry but still like the painted look of cabinets, this soft taupe color is a great neutral that goes beautifully with the quartz counters. Combining these makes the kitchen design cohesive. The color trend of gray is still around but greige is a nice blend of both gray and browns that tend to be warmer.

The classic wood cabinets here bring a warmth to all the stainless, again a mix of counter material. If you choose wood cabinets, consider a shaker or smooth panel look, they will continue to look in style for a long time.

You can never go wrong with the classic black and white in a kitchen. The gorgeous soaring ceiling, of course, makes this space feel welcoming and open.

If you are considering building or updating a new kitchen, classic style will always be in fashion. Incorporate shaker style cabinets, simple and clean. Neutral colors for your back-splash tile and counters. Stone counters are the preferred material for kitchens. If you need to put your “personality” into the design, choose one item to do the talking, do not make the back-splash, counter, cabinets, lighting, and floor all stand out; pick one.

Other good reads:

Key Improvements That Will Reap a Profit | Kitchens

Kitchen Trends for 2015 and Beyond

Karen GP

Author Karen GP

Karen GrayPlaisted is the principle owner of Design Solutions KGP. She is a graduate from Pace University and The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Her marketing background and design sense are a perfect combination for home sellers. In the first year she began her staging business, she won the ‘Rising Star’ accolade from RESA, selected from all North American stagers, USA and Canada. In 2016 she won top Occupied Stager in the USA. Karen’s ability to educate and empower clients using simple solutions allows homeowners to transform their spaces with desirable affordable decadence.

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