12 New Kitchen Design Trends

Discover the latest kitchen design trends in cabinets, counters, faucets, flooring and more.

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We're really warming up to the idea of grey cabinets or walls. Grey adds dimension, gives some weight to the room, and feels like a sharp, well-tailored suit.

We're really warming up to the idea of grey cabinets or walls. Grey adds dimension, gives some weight to the room, and feels like a sharp, well-tailored suit.

Turn classic Calcutta into a modern backspalsh choice by opting for the random length mosaic

Turn classic Calcutta into a modern backspalsh choice by opting for the random length mosaic

The  Stages sink from Kohler  comes with a full array of integrated accessories to simplify the cooking and cleanup processes.

The Stages sink from Kohler comes with a full array of integrated accessories to simplify the cooking and cleanup processes.

Pair the Belo gooseneck faucet with a matching bud vase from Brizo

Pair the Belo gooseneck faucet with a matching bud vase from Brizo

Planning a kitchen renovation? Then consider updating your space with lighter floors, grey cabinets, linear mosaics and extra long tables. These are just a few of the latest kitchen looks.

1. Distressed Floors

In lieu of dark tones, lighter, grey-toned woods in a matte finish add a note of rustic elegance or a European farmhouse feel. Reclaimed and bleached ash floors, for example, add character with lovely weathered imperfections. Wirescraped and textured hardwoods offer that distressed look and feel for a fraction of the price. 

2. Gooseneck Faucets

Even in a traditional kitchen, these offer a sleek, modern touch. Gooseneck faucets also have more clearance, so you can easily fill pots. Many come with a spray hose nozzle, further enhancing their functionality. 

3. Statement Chairs

Put the cookie-cutter wooden chairs into storage. Whether mod Lucite or leather arm chairs, unique chairs create a statement and give a personal touch to the "newness" of the space. 

4. Dramatic, Oversized Vent Hoods

For efficient exhaust, look for a hood that's a little larger than the cooktop. (Exhaust hoods remove heat, moisture, grease, cooking odours and combustion gases from the air.) The larger size also results in a bigger style statement, whether in dramatic stainless steel, copper or painted out.

5. Grey Cabinets

Grey is one of the trendiest neutrals today. Grey cabinets can work with white for a clean, modern look, or contrast with dark maple trim for a more dramatic feel.

6. Raw And Honed Stone

Honed granite and marble offer a polished look that contrasts beautifully against rougher textures, such as brick or raw-stone walls. Matte finish solid surface tops with an extra chunky profile edge can yield a similarr effect, at a much more attractive price point.

7. Horizontal Shelving

Foregoing upper cabinets in favour of modern, horizontal shelving creates an airy space with lots of breathing room. Plus, open shelving offers easy access to dishes. To continue this European-modern look, echo the shelving’s strong horizontal lines with banks of drawers underneath.

8. Aged-Look Hardware

The freshest look in kitchen drawer pulls and cabinet knobs is dated. Many new models come in rustic pewter or antique nickel finishes, which can work beautifully in older homes.

9. Extra-Long Tables

In keeping with the trendy, European rustic look, kitchen tables are becoming larger and more roughhewn. Some designer homes even feature 14-foot harvest tables made from long planks, atop extra-wide wood plank floors. Install a dramatic wood, twig or antler chandelier for counterbalance.

10. Linear  Mosaic Tile Backsplashes

Small random strip mosaics offer an unpredictable, yet rhythmic effect for the backsplash.  The small slivers of tile, usually set in a sheet using various materials – mixes of glass, metals, stone and tile – create visual interest amongst a sea of solid coloured cabinetry.

11. Chic Dining Nooks

Transform a kitchen corner or cubby into a glam, restaurant-worthy dining area with an upholstered settee or bench. After all, upholstery adds softness in the kitchen dining area. A round and easy to clean, glass-topped table will keep the area from looking too heavy.

12. Chef Inspired sinks

Love to cook? Look the part with a multi-faceted sink that does more. Commercial-looking extra large sinks complete the Modern Industrialist trend, working as statement pieces for extra large islands.

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