When you’re designing a kitchen, it can be easy to get carried away by the latest trends and kitchen features advertised in magazines and design blogs. While many of these pictures are unique and fun to look at, however, few trends really last the test of time. Trends that make a kitchen less functional don’t tend to stay around very long, and if you invest in them, they can make your kitchen look outdated. Fortunately, there are a few new ideas that have the potential to last for a while or even become the next standard in classic kitchen design.
While new color trends are always coming and going, white seems to be a color with some staying power. White appliances and cabinets are easier to maintain than natural wood and stainless steel. The new look doesn’t scratch as easily and will keep a kitchen looking modern for years to come.
If you have a large family to feed, this trend might not be for you. If you want to save some space in your kitchen, however, you may want to consider smaller appliances. Refrigerators with a smaller footprint and ovens with only two burners are perfect for small apartments or a “tiny” custom home and can be ideal for singles and couples looking to save space and money on their utility bills.
Similarly, you might also want to consider appliances with a different shape. For example, a pair of smaller refrigerators that can fit under the countertops might make more sense than a single large unit. These smaller units are more energy-efficient, and they are easier to access than a taller appliance.
Quartz is better than granite at resisting chips and scratches. These countertops are made from a combination of quartz chips and resin, so it’s possible to find thousands of different patterns. Quartz countertops also don’t have to be professionally sealed, which will help cut the cost as well.
Having a lot of lighting is always a good idea in a kitchen, where shadows and dark places can be dangerous. LED lighting is a good way to get light into hard to reach places where a standard fixture just won’t work. It’s also a good idea to use LED fixtures to reduce your energy bill.
If you’re thinking about aging in place in your home, you need to think about ways to make your kitchen safe. Fortunately, there are several design ideas that can help. Consider customized drawers that will make it easy to find the things you need and store them away safely. Modified appliance handles can make it easier to open and close fridges and ovens. Also, think about making the space between countertops extra-wide to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.
At Hannah Custom Homes, we’re here for all your customization needs. Whether you need help designing your new kitchen or just plan on making a small renovation, give us a call us today for assistance!