Kitchens of the Future: 15 Hot New Trends

Wondering what is hot in the kitchen design for 2014? Here is the information from HGTV

Kitchens of the Future: 15 Hot New Trends
Before you dive into that reno, make sure you are up to speed on all the latest advancements in kitchen design. The following 15 trends are fresh off the presses!

1. Stainless Kickboard
No matter what colour your cabinets may be, the stainless kickboard, set in for a floating effect, is definitely the look going forward.

Photo courtesy of Bulthaup.com

Here, a stainless kickboard accents a gorgeous wood island.
Photo courtesy of Bulthaup.com

2. Wrapped Island

Or "waterfall' as it is also known. If you're splurging on a luxurious countertop, the trend is definitely to go all out and continue it down the sides of your kitchen island. The result is a wrapped, clean look that turns the island into a sculptural piece of furniture.

Photo courtesy of Bulthaup.com

Here, the backsplash and the island are wrapped in marble for a uniformed look.

Photo courtesy of Schiffini.com

3. Solid Backsplash

As much as we love to deliberate over tile choices, the kitchens of the future have done away with tiled backsplashes altogether. Solid surfaces are easier to clean and look less fussy. Even in traditional kitchens, a solid stainless backsplash or a rich stone one adds an element of elegance that tiles lack.

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A solid backsplash in stainless steel.
Photo courtesy of Schiffini.com

A marble backsplash extends up from the mable countertop.
Photo courtesy of Schiffini.com

4. Stainless is Back

In a big way. It may have never gone away, but leading kitchen designers are leaning on it more than ever, to break up the monotony of monochromatic cabinets, as well as to add texture. And no wonder: stainless steel is durable, easy to clean and antimicrobial.

Photo courtesy of Bulthaup.com

A seamless addition on the end of a wood peninsula, showcases a sleek, built-in stainless sink.

Photo courtesy of Bulthaup.com

5. Blond Wood

The days of the dark- wood-and-green-apples combo have come to an end. The dark, espresso finishes are giving way to lighter, natural shades of ash, bamboo and light teak. Perhaps is the popularity of the Scandinavian look that has kicked off this trend, but it is decidedly here to stay. 

Photo courtesy of Bulthaup.com 

6. Mixing Materials 

Unless you're doing white; monochromatic kitchens are out. But that's not at all to say that colour is in. In fact, colour in kitchen design is getting no love right now. The modern look is all about natural materials left in their natural state: wood, stone, slate, steel, glass, and solid manmade materials in white and other neutral colours. Mix them freely to create depth and texture and to add warmth, as in this modern rustic kitchen by Bulthaup.

7. Creative Open Storage

Though the look is decidedly sleek, the kitchens of the future do not balk at open storage. The key here is to thoughtfully integrate open storage right into the physical design -- modern open storage is graphic, almost sculptural.

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Here, dry goods are housed in glass containers built right into the solid backsplash.

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The modern spice rack.

Photo courtesy of Bulthaup.com

8. Artful Organizing

Open storage not for you? The kitchens of the future are OBSESSED with maximizing storage, and creating a dedicated spot for everything. This cube-style storage unit from Bulthaup unfolds like an old Louis Vuitton dresser trunk, to house every conceivable dish and kitchen utensil on the planet.

Photo courtesy of Bulthaup.com

Ahhh the infinite possibilities of drawer dividers...

Here, a cabinet shows off its perfectly ordered shelving.

9. No Upper Cabinets

In an on-going attempt to turn kitchens into family-room-style, not-kitchens, everything 'kitcheny' is being done away with. A victim of this crusade is the upper cabinets, that are especially considered an eyesore in open concept spaces.
Photo courtesy of Bulthaup.com

10. Short Upper Cabinets

If you simply cannot do without upper cabinetry, then opt for the shorter, more stout line of uppers, versus the up-to-the-ceiling ones that require us to pull up a stepstool.

Photo courtesy of Schiffini.com

11. Double Everything

It's not good news for the pocket book, but entertaining is only growing in importance as part of our modern lifestyle. As such, double ovens, sinks and even dishwashers are popping up more and more.

Photo courtesy of Schiffini.com

12. Sculptural Shapes

This may be a bit advanced for most of us, but if you get a chance to experience a custom kitchen, try and embrace an unexpected shape, especially one with geometric form. It's a small but gamechanging detail, that instantly creates interest and takes your ktichen to the next level.

Photo courtesy of Key Cucine

Key Cucine Island

A sculptural countertop that morphs into a brekfast bar.

Photo courtesy of Schiffini.com

A scupltural breakfast bar in wood by Schiffini

13. Recycled Paper Countertop

There are several companies that make this product, such as RichLite and PaperStone. It's a fetching, manmade solid material that is usually certified as a LEED product. Made from post-consumer recycled paper, this countertop is surprisingly durrable, ample in colour options, and great for the environment.

Photo courtesy of RichLite.com

14. Thin Profile Invisble Countertops

It used to be the thicker the stone, the richer the look; but no longer. The trend is toward thinner, often invisible countertops that are flush with the base cabinetry -- no overhang, no attention drawn. What do you think of this look?

Photo courtesy of Bulthaup.com

15. Invisible Drawer Pulls

As much as we love to agonize over hardware, the kitchens of the future are turning away from hardware altogether. The less noticeable, the better, so as not to break up the sleek surfaces created by modern cabinetry. To this effect, these invisible-style pulls milled right into the facade of the drawer, are becoming more and more pervasive.

Photo courtesy of Bulthaup.com

 

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