Kitchens have gone through a transformation in recent years, moving away from traditional styles towards more contemporary, transitional spaces. While dark stained woods are still very much at home in kitchens, design professionals have told the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association that homeowners are looking for lighter and brighter kitchens.
In the NKBA’s latest survey, 81 percent of the design professionals reported that homeowners prefer white and off-white or a combination of both for brighter kitchens. The second most sought after color schemes involved shades of gray. But many designers report the use of color blocking -- pairing two or more colors -- on walls or by mixing cabinetry finishes. Designers also indicate a definite shift towards black by homeowners.
White is a perennial favorite for homeowners. While it can be more challenging to keep white walls or cabinets clean, white is highly reflective, easy to accessorize and offers classic, timeless appeal. Many high-end appliance manufacturers have redesigned and reintroduced white appliances that offer alternatives to stainless steel. The contrast in white kitchens is introduced via countertops and customized backsplashes that strongly communicate personal style.
Back in Black
Black walls often involve a creative flair with some sort of chalkboard element, though black cabinetry is a definite 2015 kitchen design trend. The new black kitchens exude luxury and elegance regardless of design style. Glass doors, accent lighting and cabinetry hardware all act as jewelry, highlighting and accentuating design features. It is just as common to see gold fixtures as it is to see chrome or nickel.
Dark gray, charcoal, and dark blue tones all act as substitutes to the black theme.
Bringing Back Color
The color that surrounds you while you dine influences your eating experiences. Since kitchen islands or banquettes are replacing dining rooms in many homes, the room color becomes more important, and a resurgence in color selection is seen in cabinetry to counters to walls, even if just to offset white, off-white or gray. Colors conducive to entertaining, conversation and appetite-building include warm, mood-boosting yellows, oranges and reds, or you can opt for softer, more subtle shades of green, blue, violet or gray.
Bold and Bright
Bright hues infuse life and personality into a space. For instance, some strong red pigments in the kitchen give you an energy lift while stimulating your appetite.
Glass tiles come in a literal rainbow of colors. Choose from any number of sizes, whether the smallest mosaics or back-painted slabs, and the result is the same: a splash of color with a highly reflective surface that helps prevent the room from feeling closed in.
Countertops, even those with more neutral backgrounds, increasingly feature flecks or ribbons of color. In cases where there are multiple surfaces, such as a separate island, the island might stand out with a countertop of a different color.
Appliances -- large and counter models -- are available in bold color stories: deep red, orange, navy and lime green in addition to classic black, white and stainless steel.