Trend Watch: 13 Kitchen Looks Expected to Be Big in 2015
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H ave you been toying with the idea of revamping your kitchen and think 2015 may be the perfect time to take the plunge? Before you start searching for a pro to tackle the project, it’s important to think about what you’ll need and how you can improve your kitchen setup, as well as what you want the space to look and feel like. It’s also worth reading up on emerging kitchen trends, which may provide a spark of inspiration and, ultimately, influence the design of your new cooking zone.
Though we can’t write your dream kitchen wish list for you, we can lend a hand with a list of design elements that are on the rise. We recently caught up with three designers who shared their short lists of kitchen design and decorating ideas they believe will be the biggest trends of 2015. They also offered expert advice on how you can incorporate these ideas into your space.
1. Furniture-style design features. Interior designer Greg Natale predicts that furniture-style cabinetry and other features will be one of the top trends in 2015. This approach marks another step in the evolution of the kitchen as the hub of the home and a treasured space the whole family can enjoy, rather than just a functional area that’s used for food prep and cooking alone. “The incredible designs available celebrate the different elements of the kitchen as pieces of beautiful furniture, not just workstations, which allows people to bring their own personal, warm, welcoming touch to this space,” he says.
How can you incorporate this idea into your own kitchen? “ A standout way is through an island,” says Natale, who designed the sophisticated culinary zone seen here. “Raising it on legs or including intricate paneling or a contrasting top and sides are ways of turning this into a piece to be proud of.”
2. Airy (and user-friendly), open shelving. “We are seeing a trend toward using open shelving as a practical solution for the kitchen space, rather than simply for display,” says Sydney kitchen designer Kesha Pillay of Art of Kitchens. “Open shelving personalizes the space, making it feel lived in and warm, while keeping the kitchen functional and easy to use.”
She adds, “Of course, there are always some things that you don’t want displayed, and combining open shelf cabinets and cabinets allows you to still hide things if necessary.”
December 18, 2015 at 4:30PM
I find the majority of these designs sterile and uninviting, more like laboratories than somewhere I’d want to hang out drinking wine and chatting with my friends when they come over. 8 is probably the best, with 5b coming in second (sans neon purple disco lights, of course!). #10 and 2 are the worst, the former a shake and bake of hideous design elements from a variety of different decades (ghastly wallpaper!), and the latter suitable for the eating area of a kindergarten.
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