Kitchen Design Trends

Techy, Nature-Based, and European

Kitchen Design - Techy, Nature-Based, and European

Are you planning to remodel your kitchen?

The last thing you want is something in the design that starts to feel dated in a few years. That’s why looking at kitchen design trends should be where you begin your remodeling plans.

Trends don’t change all at once. Most kitchen trends can last ten years or more. The evolution of kitchen design is constant, with yearly adjustments until one trend falls out of favor and a new one replaces it. Keeping on top of current kitchen trends will help you achieve a kitchen remodel that will stay relevant into the next decade (at least).

The Kitchen & Bath Creations (KBC) blog on current Kitchen Trends is based on The National Kitchen + Bath Association’s (NKBA) three-year trend forecast. NKBA is a non-profit trade group that promotes professionalism in the kitchen and bath industry. When it comes to kitchen and Bath remodels, they are the leading source of information and education for both designers and homeowners.

Designers pay close attention to NKBA’s research. Their research is valuable to consider as what they say will be factors that help guide the designs of the kitchen environment. Three significant kitchen design trends now dominate:

  • Kitchen Technology
  • Nature-Inspired Design
  • European Trends

Kitchen Technology

Today, devices are smarter, sleeker, and more energy efficient. Expect kitchens to take on more tasks from disaster preparedness (water storage systems, backup generators for refrigerators, long-term food storage areas, and solar water heaters) to total integration and automation.

Homeowners will be able to control these devices from their smartphones, and they will even be able to communicate with each other to complete tasks.

Are you interested in being more efficient in the kitchen? Consider these hi-tech options:

  • Smart Range Hood
  • Smart Refrigerator
  • Smart Faucet
  • Smart Kitchen Scale
  • Induction Heating
  • Touch-to-Open Appliances and Cabinets
  • Countertop Projector
  • High-Tech Lighting/Smart Window Blinds

Here are two videos that highlight cutting-edge range hood and faucet technology

Smart Range Hood

Smart Faucet

Nature Inspired Kitchens

The overly refined materials of the past, often sterile and manmade, are out of vogue. Materials now focus on natural components such as stone, cement, and wood making a showing in neutral colors. They direct attention to other elements of the design and keep things on the minimal side but with a grounded feeling. Consider cement countertops or quartz stone countertops with little grain or veining. Woods in medium browns with a linear grain can look wonderful.

The arched door is a fantastic way to create a transition from one area to the next.

  • Dark Oak and Walnut
  • Natural Materials
  • Marble Countertops (or man-made quartz alternative)
  • Porcelain Countertops (look of natural stone without the maintenance)
  • Oak Flooring
  • Copper Look (earthy hue and organic shading)
  • Organic Curves
  • Calm Green (subtle sense of nature)

European Kitchen Trends

European Design Style is a very broad term encompassing many strong style influences and overlapping design styles, such as Tuscan, Italian, Spanish, English, and French.

“Contemporary European” design style flaunts gorgeous, clean lines, modern but comfortable furnishings, and functional spaces. The focus is on making a house a purposeful home.

The “European Eclectic” design style is a mix of old-world charm, contemporary accents, and art. You may see fancy hardware, ornate fixtures, and high ceilings. This gorgeous European design style uses both color and texture character.

Reasons to Love European Kitchens

  • European kitchens are minimal with their decors yet highly functional and urbane.
  • European Frameless cabinetries are ultra-stronger, space-saving, and add an ultra-sophisticated appeal to your space.
  • Their cabinets are perfectly streamlined to save space, and the doors are charming and full overlay in design.
  • They are suitable for any contemporary kitchen design, incorporating better functionality, ease of use, and more space.
  • European-style kitchens are small, space-saving, and just perfect for singles, small families, and couples.
  • European style kitchens are minimal with their décor, yet highly functional and urbane
  • Small, space-saving kitchens—just perfect for singles, small families, and couples
  • Frameless, full-overlay cabinets are very strong and add an ultra-sophisticated appeal
  • Unique storage options save space and incorporate better functionality
  • European style kitchens are minimal with their décor, yet highly functional and urbane

  • Small, space-saving kitchens—just perfect for singles, small families, and couples

  • Frameless, full-overlay cabinets are very strong and add an ultra-sophisticated appeal

  • Unique storage options save space and incorporate better functionality

  • European style kitchens are minimal with their décor, yet highly functional and urbane
  • Small, space-saving kitchens—just perfect for singles, small families, and couples
  • Frameless, full-overlay cabinets are very strong and add an ultra-sophisticated appeal
  • Unique storage options save space and incorporate better functionality

Kitchen Design Trends

Contemplating your new kitchen is a great deal of fun. It is even more fun today as we are now gaining inspiration on kitchen design from European designers and from the technology sector. There is a great deal to consider.

We encourage everyone who is considering how they want their new kitchen to look, feel, and function to do some research. Read blogs, spend time on Pinterest or Instagram, and then visit a kitchen design showroom and talk with a kitchen designer.

Kitchen & Bath Creations has three showrooms in Columbia, Perry Hall, and Annapolis, Maryland. Stop by any one of our design centers as we can help expand your ideas to create the look, feel, and function that is just right for you.

Gary Horsman

Gary is a consultant for KBC. He enjoys working in the kitchen whether it is cooking up a New Orlean's style Gumbo or a spicy curry. Socializing in his home is often centered around the kitchen as this highly social room is between the deck - also used for entertaining - and the dining room.

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