We are always tracking trends in the kitchen and bath industry to help assure that our clients’ kitchens and baths are capable of withstanding the test of time. Here are the top mid-year trends in our region.
The kitchen and bath industry often follows fashion trends, and 2019 is no exception to the rule. Homeowners who have recently renovated their kitchen in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut made distinctive design statements by opting for a mix of different colors, textures and finishes. While white kitchens continue to be a choice for many, that option is not as popular as in the past. Many of our clients recently choose cabinets painted in rich colors, and that trend is borne nationally as blue and green cabinetry have greatly increased in popularity.
There’s a reason kitchen islands are wildly popular and have become the centerpiece of many of the kitchens we design. For nearly 40 years, islands have withstood the test of time and are largely responsible for making open concept designs work. Islands are often the focal point of a new kitchen. Employing contrasting colors and sometimes unique countertop materials enable homeowners in the northeast to put their stamp on their new kitchen.
Increased demand for more modern space is transforming design as an increasing number of clients opt for open shelving systems. Open shelves replace the lion’s share or all upper wall cabinets to provide clean lines and a minimalist look.
When our clients opt for open shelves in place of upper wall cabinets or more streamlined looks, we often recommend taking advantage of organizational accessories to avoid countertop clutter. Commonly specified storage accessories may include plate racks, spice racks, pull out drawers and other organizing tools that provide designated places for small appliances, plates, glassware, cutlery, knives and other kitchen gadgets and accessories.
Color My Sink World
The days of having to choose between stainless steel or white kitchen sink are over. Composite sinks that resist heat damage and scratching come in a rainbow of colors, sizes and configurations that can meet almost any style preference or design parameter. Sinks increasingly are serving as focal points with material options that span the imagination.
Metallic finishes continue to command consumer interest. All shades of gold on faucets, instant hots, pot fillers and other plumbing fixtures are hot. Recent introductions include rose gold, bright gold, black gold, polished gold and rose-colored bronzes.
Two Is Better Than One
Because the kitchen serves as the most important room in the home and serves multiple purposes for homeowners, we’ve noticed a new demand for multiple kitchens. The main kitchen serves as the dining, entertaining, gathering, homework area, etc., and a second kitchen serves as the primary space for appliances, meal preparation, cooking and cleanup.
The Right Light
Homeowners are more frequently taking the use of pendants over islands up several notches by specifying a group of mini-pendants instead of a chandelier or to have a row of pendants installed at different heights.
If you want to know how you can leverage the latest design trends and technologies for your new kitchen or bath, please give us a call at (401)526-4173 or visit our showroom at 2949 Hartford Avenue Johnston RI.