Jun. 16 2021

8 Kitchen Design Trends That Will Never Go Out of Style

by Bennett Bottorff

Kitchens are often described as the heart of the home, and for good reason. This is the place you gather on a regular basis to prepare meals, work on projects, share a drink or entertain guests. For some families, the kitchen doubles as an office space or your homework headquarters.

Sometimes your kitchen needs a little help getting to the point where it can satisfy such a wide array of functions while also being the warm, inviting space you envision. Remodeling gives you the ability to swap out various elements, update the style and invest in creating a kitchen in your Seattle home that you will love for years to come.

Timeless Features for Your Seattle Kitchen Remodel 

The first step to remodeling any space in your home, including your kitchen, is to assess your individual needs. Every kitchen renovation will look unique, because different households have different priorities and lifestyle needs. However, it also doesn’t hurt to consider ways to enhance the long-term value of your home in Seattle, and that includes looking out for trends and adding upgrades to your kitchen remodel that will stand the test of time.

Here are a few lasting kitchen design trends to consider for your upcoming project:

1. White Cabinets  

Home Style Kitchen White Cabinets

Over the years, both all-black and all-gray cabinets have risen in popularity, but nothing can trump white cabinetry in terms of classic, universal appeal. Their clean simplicity creates the perfect foundation for adding other design elements to achieve your desired style, whether it’s modern, traditional, transitional or something else entirely. Plus, white cabinets are easy to match with other materials to create a cohesive look in your Seattle kitchen.

2. Open Shelves 

Open Shelves in Kitchen (1)

Using open shelves in lieu of or along with upper cabinets serves both a functional and aesthetic purpose. You still have a place to store items that you use frequently. Plus, they are more accessible. You can see exactly what you’re looking for and easily grab it. Open shelves also enable you to display your vintage cookbooks, matching glassware, antique dishware and other heirloom pieces and decorations. Just make sure you don’t over-clutter the shelves and periodically dust them off so they remain looking neat and clean.

3. Kitchen Islands 

Kitchen islands are a mainstay in functional, open spaces. If you don’t already have one in your Seattle kitchen, consider including this addition in your remodeling scope of work. Kitchen islands optimize the whole room and enhance versatility by providing extra counter, storage and seating space. If you want to add a kitchen island, this may also be the perfect opportunity to consider reconfiguring the room to create a more functional work triangle or to incorporate other elements that make your family's daily routine more convenient.

4. Hardwood Floors 

Flooring trends come and go, but the allure of hardwood floors endures. This material is available in an array of shades, with different natural grains and visual texture, which makes it easy to find the perfect match for your Seattle kitchen style. It is strong and durable, especially if you keep it properly maintained, and is not as hard underfoot as tile or stone. Additionally, prospective homebuyers tend to favor real hardwood over synthetic materials, so installing this type of flooring during your kitchen remodel is an effective way to augment its long-term resale value.

5. Neutral Colors 

While choosing your color palette is a chance for personalization, you should be wary of getting too trendy or dramatic—especially if you want to design a kitchen that can easily evolve over time as fads fade and your tastes change. Additionally, if this isn’t necessarily your “forever home,” you want to think about what will appeal to future homebuyers in the Seattle area. Stick to somewhat neutral hues for your flooring, walls, cabinetry and countertops. If you want to add pops of color, do so through your decorations, cabinetry hardware or small appliances. All those elements are simple to change out.

7. Stainless-Steel Appliances  

Classic Kitchen and Granite with Stainless-Steel Appliances

Stainless steel is a versatile choice for kitchen appliances. It complements the sleek, streamlined look of a modern kitchen, but also doesn’t look out of place in a more ornate, traditional kitchen. Overall, it upgrades and refreshes your space. On top of that, stainless steel is durable and rust-resistant. Even midrange stainless-steel appliances are built to last, making them a go-to option for any style of kitchen. With higher-end appliances, you can expect optimal performance for longer and a greater diversity of features.

8. A Sizable Sink 

It’s rare to come across a homeowner who feels like their kitchen sink is too large. More often, they wish they had a larger sink to simplify food prep, dishwashing and other common uses. In that sense, you can’t go wrong installing a large, deep sink as part of your kitchen makeover. This is a practical investment that will pay off for years to come by making your space more functional. Plus, you aren’t tied to a particular style just because you want an oversized sink. Your options run the gamut from a farmhouse, or apron, sink to an under-mount sink, corner sink, double-basin stainless-sink, granite composite sink and more.

Creating a Timeless Kitchen in Seattle

There is a lot to think about when planning a kitchen remodel in Seattle. You want the space to be charming and customized while still maintaining conventional appeal. Plus, there’s the need to strike a balance between function and form. At Innovative Home Renovations, we address both sides of the equation. We help you design a custom kitchen renovation that is worthy of your investment and then executes the project efficiently so your family can get back to your normal routine without delay.

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