Creating the perfect home in Seattle takes time, but remodeling key areas, like your kitchen, is a good place to start.
Kitchens serve multiple purposes, drawing together household members and guests to cook food, share a meal, or socialize over drinks. With a carefully designed kitchen remodel, you can make the space more functional and appealing for these and many other daily activities.
What are the Latest Trends in Kitchen Remodeling?
There is no better time to check out Pacific Northwest design trends than the weeks and months leading up to a major home improvement project, such as a kitchen remodel. Not only do you garner inspiration for the design process, but incorporating trendy materials, appliances, and decorative features helps ensure you maximize the return on investment (ROI) for your renovation. To get you started, here is a look at some of the top kitchen design trends on the horizon for 2021:
1. Dark-Colored Cabinets
When it comes to kitchen cabinetry, the appeal of classic white is ebbing while dark colors increase in popularity. Jewel tones, such as matte black, emerald green, navy blue, and plum, are establishing a presence, bringing with them an air of sophistication and luxury. Kitchen islands, in particular, are a great spot for incorporating a vibrant color or dramatic stain. Another trend for kitchen cabinets in 2021 is selecting two complementary tones, such as eggshell and a colder gray, black with a warm neutral, raw wood with sage green, or a dark stain with vibrant teal. You can approach two-toned cabinets by selecting one material or finish for the bottom cabinets and another for the top, or using one for the base and the other for a trim. Both options create a sharp, clean, and striking aesthetic.
2. Open Shelving
Another popular remodeling idea, especially for a smaller kitchen, is removing the upper wall cabinets altogether and either adding a lovely accent wall or installing open shelves instead. This technique can help make a smaller room feel more spacious and enable you to utilize the countertop space more effectively. Additionally, open shelves give you an accessible place to store your attractive dinnerware, heirlooms and antiques, or simple decorations.
3. “Smart” Kitchens
Technology has the power to streamline and simplify numerous daily tasks, and there is no better spot to integrate technology into various functions and appliances than in your kitchen. Smart kitchens are an evolving aspect of interior design with new solutions frequently emerging. A few technology-related ideas for your kitchen remodel include faucets with motion sensors; coffee makers programmed to turn on at a certain time; a lighting system you can control from your smartphone and tablet; or a voice-activated display screen you can use to video chat with a friend or look up a recipe while you’re cooking. Also, don’t forget to add charging ports throughout the space so you can keep your phone and other devices close by and full of juice when you need them.
4. Beautiful Backsplashes
Your backsplash can be the ideal component for adding a personal touch or some of the saturated colors and rich textures that are trending. Subway tiles continue to be a versatile option, but they tend to be larger these days. Meanwhile, neutral colors and patterns are appropriate for a traditional or farmhouse style kitchen, while you can go bolder and even art deco in a contemporary space. If you are designing a Mediterranean, Spanish or shabby chic kitchen, have fun with the array of ceramic and porcelain backsplash colors and patterns that are available. Large slabs of wood, marble, quartz, and copper are also increasing in popularity. With top cabinets seeing a decline, you are left with more space for your decorative backsplash.
5. Pops of Color and Texture
If you want to stick with wood or a neutral color for your cabinetry, there are other ways to add colorful accents via your appliances, both large and small. Nautical colors and rich green are looking good for 2021. Using textured materials throughout your kitchen is another way to make it visually interesting while still keeping the space streamlined and uncluttered. Consider utilizing rough-cut wood for open shelves, a beveled backsplash, cork countertops, or natural stone tiles. Also, think upward. A ceiling treatment, decorative trim, and wood beams are all optional elements that add texture and depth to your kitchen.
6. Connections to the Outdoors
If you are undertaking a more extensive kitchen remodel at your home in North Seattle, consider adding an entry point from your kitchen to a garden or other outside communal areas, such as your deck or yard. Installing a glass door not only visually connects you to nature, but it also makes it easier for you to carry drinks, food, and utensils from one space to the other when you’re dining outdoors or entertaining guests. Another common trend along this theme is removing your small kitchen window and replacing it with large 5- to 6-feet-wide windows to create a more open, airy, and natural-light-filled room.
7. Faux Granite Countertops
Quartz has long reigned supreme when it comes to high-end kitchen countertops, edging out granite, which requires more maintenance. As technology has evolved, however, fake granite countertops are a viable solution to that challenge. They are more cost-effective, long-lasting and easy to maintain, while still adding elegance to your kitchen. Regardless of which of these luxurious countertop materials you choose, it’s good to note the trend is toward softer, more neutral color palettes, such as taupe, grey, and cream. In a sleek, modern kitchen, consider building your sink into your countertop using the same material.
Developing Your 2021 Seattle Kitchen Design
When you’re designing a major kitchen remodel in North Seattle, there are numerous choices and selections to make, from your overall design style down to each individual piece of hardware and light fixture. With the right design team by your side, this process can be fun and exciting rather than overwhelming. At Innovative Home Renovations, we collaborate with you throughout the design phase, introducing you to available options, exploring pros and cons, and helping you achieve your vision.
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by Bennett Bottorff