Like the tight-rolled pants and neon shirts of the 80s, there are some kitchen trends we’re happy to see go. We spoke to a few designers and found four kitchen trends they were most happy to see in the past – and got tips on how to avoid putting a time stamp on a kitchen design.
Bold colors as focal points. Color is one of the biggest ways to mark a kitchen by a fad versus timeless, says Erik Kolacz, creative director, Contrast Design Group, Chicago. Think of the avocado-colored appliances from the 70s. That’s not going to happen again. The key is to use trendy colors as accents. “If a client came to us and wanted a turquoise countertop, I would suggest accessorizing with turquoise,” Erik adds. “We can switch out the accessories when turquoise isn’t the hot thing anymore.”
Harsh lighting. Technology is one that can drastically affect the design of the kitchen – especially since it improves and advances so quickly. Rose Dostal, registered architect and designer for RMD Designs in Hudson, Ohio says that technology has made progress in the kitchen pointing out the once-popular puck lights. These would cast light beams down cabinets. Now, it’s great to use LED strips because they don’t create shadows, Rose says.
Two-toned cabinetry. Gone are the days of the mixing and matching wood colors within the cabinetry, Rose says. While she still mixes and matches wood in the island, the trend of different trim and crown molding colors are in the past. For example, light stained cabinetry mixed with black crown molding. “It becomes a busy aesthetic that in turn creates an even smaller looking space,” she adds. “This is especially true in a small kitchen.”
One-fits-all design. Bigger is not necessarily better especially when planning the island, says Mark Johnson, FAIA, CKD, principal, Markitect.me in Ann Arbor, Mich. “If the kitchen island serves as heart-of-the-home, it deserves space but maybe an adjacent area is better for a more portable, flexible solution that can evolve to suit changing family needs,” he adds. The kitchen layout is more about the lifestyle and how the homeowners use the space. Say hello to the second family room, says Erik. “Kids are doing homework, mom is making dinner, there’s entertaining in that same space,” he says. “The great room spilled into the kitchen making it the heart of the home.”
What are some kitchen trends you’re happy to see go?