A new decade calls for a style update, and two themes are dominating the kitchen this year: bold colors and functional design. All-white kitchens and stainless steel were great--then stains and fingerprints happened. But pursuing practicality doesn’t mean giving up a trendy kitchen. Bold, colorful cabinets and appliances add a pop of color while requiring less upkeep than white or stainless steel, and designers are diving head first into this colorful trend. If blue appliances still aren’t for you, there are plenty of other ways to incorporate more subtle trending styles such as porcelain countertops, workstation sinks, and timeless wood flooring.
Here’s what several top designers in the D.C. region and two national experts had to say about the latest kitchen design trends.
All-white kitchens had their moment — until homeowners realized what it took to keep them clean. White remains popular, but color is coming back to cabinetry.
“White kitchen cabinets are still the most popular with over 40 percent of renovating homeowners installing them, according to Houzz research,” said Mitchell Parker, Houzz editor. “However, we’re starting to see designers add visual interest and warmth and break up the expanse of white by adding wood drawers, shelves and pullouts.”
Nadia Subaran of Aidan Design says deep and vibrant color is trending.
“Blues and greens work really well in kitchens," Subaran said. "Navy is classic and a favorite of ours, but our recent projects include cabinets in spring green, teal and a deep forest green.”
The minimalism and clean lines of Shaker-style cabinetry continue to appeal.