The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a home. Homeowners and guests spend a lot of time here, cooking and socializing; and the quality of that time can be greatly impacted by how the kitchen is designed. Poor functionality leads to inefficiency and, ultimately, frustration and dissatisfaction with the kitchen and the home. Kitchens are constantly innovating both in style and function. Here are the 10 best design ideas to consider when designing a new kitchen.
Consider “point of use refrigeration” in addition to your main refrigerator. Your first thought might be a beverage cooler, which is a great start, but also think about installing one for produce or meat right beside your prep station.
Get Serious About Storage
Think beyond the deep drawers and extra cabinets: you want well-designed storage solutions with appropriate spaces for small appliances, food items, and more. When there’s truly a place for everything, it’s easier to stay organized.
Induction stoves, refrigerators that look like cabinets, and microwave drawers (as shown below) create a sleek, cohesive look for your kitchen, especially if it’s an open concept that blends into your living room.
In a brilliant combination move, you can conceal a walk-in pantry behind regular cabinet doors: you maintain your sleek design and take advantage of optimum storage at the same time.
Bluetooth-connected appliances allow for smoother multi-tasking. Automatic faucets make it easy to wash produce and dishes, and you’ll probably save water while you do it. Don’t forget to include energy-efficient washers, dryers, washing machines, and more.
Looking for a unique, eco-friendly option for countertops?
“Formed from materials such as fly ash or recycled paper, composite countertops inhibit the growth of bacteria and resist stains, scratches and heat. Most are free of VOCs, emit no radon gasses, and are considered food safe.”
You might need to seal the countertop, but that’s necessary for certain stone countertops, as well.
Go Gray in the Kitchen
Though white is still a great option for kitchen cabinets, it’s slightly darker cousin is getting a lot of attention lately, too. HGTV is calling gray the new white. A fun way to incorporate it is to go grey on the island or just the base cabinets in the kitchen. If gray isn’t your thing, shades of blue also make a nice contrast with lighter-tone cabinets. Even the wood flooring can bring in shades of gray if desired.
Bold, look-at-me hardware is fun, and the trend extends to lighting fixtures. Your kitchen hardware can draw attention because of size, shape, color, or “bling” (like these at right); so get creative when choosing knobs and handles.
“Big, bold and in long widths, this new, chunky look demands attention as an important design element in the kitchen. Warm finishes in brass, copper, bronzes continue to be strong, but black and polished or satin silvers such as nickel work just as well in these bigger, more modern designs.”
You know the sink has to be big, but there are options beyond size to consider. Draining grates and cutting boards that fit into a groove to slide without slipping are easily removed for washing, but they allow you to transform your sink into a full work station with less mess. When you go really big, you can install two faucets and make space for two people to work at once, perfect for hosting large dinner parties or family meals where everyone shares in the prep work.
In the kitchen? Hear us out. This allows for a seamless kitchen-to-living-space look in an open concept, and hardwood floors are tough. Choosing a hardwood like oak or maple will help it last and last, despite the high volume of traffic in the area. Plus, “Solid hardwood flooring can be refinished 10 to 12 times during it’s typical 100-year lifespan.”
If you’re concerned about the upkeep, go with wood-patterned tile: it’s easy to clean and care for, and these look-alikes are getting so good you’ll hardly notice it’s not real wood.
Great for floors or counters, polished concrete offers a wide range of colors and patterns. It’s long-lasting and resilient, perfect for your high-traffic kitchen. It does have to be sealed, as it is more porous than tile. However, it will stand up really well to pets, people, and parties.
Whatever you envision for your kitchen, we can help. For more kitchen ideas, take a look at this collection of our best kitchen design ideas built over the past two and a half decades.