Islands in kitchens are still on trend for 2020. Besides the obvious reason to add an island in a kitchen renovation, such as extra counter space and storage, a kitchen island can become a unique centerpiece while still being highly functional. This kitchen design by Dovetailed Kitchens Inc. in collaboration with Lisa Teague of Upcoast Design incorporates an island with a plethora of clever design details that create a functional and beautiful space.
One of the rising kitchen island trends is to create contrast with the island being a different color than the rest of the cabinetry in the kitchen. Here, the kitchen cabinets themselves are #239 Wimborne White by Farrow and Ball while the island is painted with #1536 Northern Cliffs by Benjamin Moore to create a contrast that still accents the entire theme of the kitchen. Wimborne White is one shade off from traditional white, with a small amount of yellow to create warm undertones. Northern Cliffs is a gray color that will make the island a focal point for all who enter.
Another rising trend is adding functional pieces to the island to not only make it an extra area for seating, but can be a workspace as well. The inclusion of a butcher block is perfect for those who like to cook. The butcher block allows for additional workspace that can easily be cleaned. Incorporated into the butcher block is storage for knives, a lip to catch any liquid run off, and a scrap bin that allows for easy clean up. Underneath this area in the island can be the storage for trash and recycling so when the scrap bin is used it goes right into the trash instead of needing to be emptied. Also the addition of a small wet bar sink gives a place for cleaning fruits and vegetables or even filling pots for cooking.
Finally, the overall design of the island is a one of the biggest trends. For many, a kitchen island serves as additional seating, however, that can be a problem when other appliances might be in the way. Here, the addition of the smaller wet bar sink allowed for the space of the island in front of the fridge to be functional. The remainder of the space on that side is used for seating and has a small overhang to accommodate the seating. Each end of the island is different, one having an overhang for additional seating, while the other is flush with the island base because of the oven and stove being on that end. Read more about this kitchen design by clicking here.
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It seems the year 2016 is the year to revamp your kitchen. Although we’re more than halfway through the year, a few kitchen trends seem to be up and coming while others remain as popular as they always were.
Up and Coming Kitchen Trends
Transitional is pretty much anything you want it to be. It leaves your space open for interpretation. Whether you like old or you like new, transitional is a mix of both. Some say transitional is about breaking the style rules. This kitchen is located in New Canaan, Connecticut and was designed by True North Cabinets, LLC. Check out more of their work by clicking the link below.
Contemporary/ Modern is sleek and futuristic. Typically, modern cabinetry has flat surfaces and not a lot of items to create decorations. Contemporary and Modern kitchens use simple and elegant colors, such as blacks and whites. This kitchen is located in New Canaan, Connecticut and designed by True North Cabinets, LLC. Check out more of their work by clicking the link below.
White and off white cabinetry are still by far the most popular cabinet color, as they have been a kitchen trend for many years now. White kitchen cabinetry works with virtually any type of decor. You can accent your space with a bright color, you can create an all-white space, or you can work with different shades of white. White cabinetry is extremely appealing because it makes a space seem larger than it is. This kitchen is located in Madison, New Jersey and was designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs. Check out more of their work by clicking the link below.
Accent pieces are definitely making their way to the top of kitchen trends. To do white cabinetry on the perimeter of your kitchen, with an island that has stained cabinetry would definitely make your kitchen stand out from the crowd. This kitchen is located in Madison, New Jersey and was designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs. Check out more of their work by clicking the link below.
Another trend becoming extremely popular is hidden hardware and hinges. A lot of people are interested in the touch latches. With touch latches, you push on the drawer or cabinet and the door pops open. This style is very modernized, but can also be used in a transitional kitchen.
The last trend that is up and coming is LED lighting. Cabinetry lighting has become a very popular accessory in kitchens and baths over the last year. Under cabinet lighting, in cabinet lighting and in drawer lighting just to name a few. It is definitely a very helpful accessory to have, especially if you are reaching into corner cabinets that the kitchen light doesn’t quite reach.
Transitional and Contemporary/ Modern are the most popular kitchen trends we are seeing right now. When undertaking a kitchen redesign, you absolutely do not have to decide on just one of these trends. You can mix and match them all if you choose to create a more personalized eclectic look. One of the best things about redesigning your own kitchen is that you are free to do whatever best suits your personal style.
For more information or to see what else is new and upcoming in 2016, visit Kitchen & Bath Design News.