In the past, the kitchen was used purely to cook and bake meals big and small, clean dishes and store dishes and food.
Not today! The kitchen is now the heart of the home, where families gather while mom or dad put the finishing touches on their gourmet meals, kids finish up homework waiting for said meals and where family and friends graze during parties. So, new home kitchens must be workhorses and show horses.
Here are three kitchen design trends that NewHomeSource found at the 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show that will keep your kitchen looking good and working hard:
1. Extended Backsplashes
2. Rangehoods are Disappearing
3. Multi-tasking Kitchen Island
1. Backsplashes That Go On for Days
Backsplashes, along with kitchen hardware, should be considered the jewelry of the kitchen. They are often one of the most visual elements in kitchens that also keep your space looking clean, free of food stains and grease buildup.
For many years, backsplashes run from counter up to the start of the kitchen cabinets or to the range hood. No more. Today, backsplashes often cover an entire wall and designers are using that space to get creative, with complex and ornate tile designs.
In fact, one of our favorite ways to get an ornate backsplash at KBIS was Emser Tile’s Design series, which features glazed porcelain tiles with retro, mod-inspired and distressed layering looks.
2. Where Did That Range hood Go?
The chandelier of the kitchen, a range hood (particularly a sleek stainless steel range hood) was once an announcement of style and prestige. Yes, they served the purpose of getting smoke out of the kitchen, but an industrial-style range hood meant you weren’t just a fairweather cook; you were a home chef!
But a funny thing happened at this year’s KBIS: manufacturers are now incorporating range hoods more modestly and others are starting to downright disappear.
Elica’s NikolaTesla induction cooktop, for example, eliminates the need for a range hood since it utilizes an integrated air suction system. Located in the center of the cooktop, the air suction system looks like a built-in fan that then quickly sucks in smoke. As an added bonus, the system is easily removed for cleaning and is silent.
Other manufacturers displayed range hoods with a distinctly less-showy look, while others now offer range hoods that can be pushed down into the cooktop when not in use.
3. Kitchen Islands That Pull Double Duty
Today’s kitchen islands must be more than a pretty space to display lemons in a vase! The kitchen island is where you’ll prepare meals, sometimes wash dishes, entertain guests, and eat in your new home. With so much to do, builders are now including more than one island in new homes. In some cases, three islands are included.
When more than one kitchen island is in a kitchen, the second or third island is typically used as more of a furniture piece for serving or dining. Furthermore, additional kitchen islands provide storage space in the kitchen.
Not to be left out of the style field, kitchen islands are another way to show personality and flair when the cabinetry and other kitchen elements are more muted.
As you prepare to design your new home’s kitchen, keep these three kitchen trends in mind. The practicality and functionality of each trend ensures they are all more than just fleeting fads.