In the spirit of remodeling, renovating and refreshing your kitchen, we are here to discuss current design trends of the two of most important kitchen structures: cabinets and countertops. When you think about it, cabinets and countertops hold a lot of design potential, and easily set the tone for your entire kitchen—so, naturally, they are two of the most common focus points when renovating a kitchen.
We’ve collected remodeling data from the Houzz Trends Study (which surveyed over 2,000 homeowners who remodeled, or plan to remodel, their kitchens) to answer a few of the burning questions you might have before you remodel your kitchen this year.
The first thing you should keep in mind about your new cabinets is the color. Neutral colors and white cabinets have held an uncontested first place spot for a number of years. Their reign grew 4% larger in 2017, jumping from 38% to 42% of all kitchen cabinets being white. One reason why white, and other neutral colored cabinets, is so popular is because those neutral colors create a perfect backdrop for bright accents and backsplashes that add that wonderful pop of color—granting you more freedom when it comes to design.
But, what about natural wood cabinets? When compared to the clean neutrals that are on trend, natural wood colored cabinets have lost some steam. Medium-grain wood only comprises 16% of all remodeled cabinets this year so far, but—for those who love rocking the rustic, warm look of wood—don’t worry, these colors are still available to you even if white and other neutrals are the colors of the year.
There is a rising trend in interior design where the kitchen is made to look like the rest of the house, called blending. Because the blending trend requires more freedom for the look and feel of the cabinets in your kitchen, the custom cabinet styles takes the cake.
Custom cabinets allow you to control the depth, width, shape, color, and material of your finished cabinets. They might have a higher price tag than traditional cabinet styles, but the freedom it allows today’s homeowner more than makes up for that investment—especially if you’re looking for a particular size and color that isn’t a stock option.
Semi-custom cabinets are the second most popular, because they allow for a bit of wiggle room in the overall design, but stick to selections that are pre-set. You can think of a semi-custom cabinet as a car with optional features. Do you want a sunroof? Seat warmers? You can, but it will cost extra. Semi-custom cabinets are a great middle-of-the-road option, and they have the medium price to match.
Stock cabinets come pre-assembled and ready to install with no frills or customization available, and come in at third place out of the three styles. And, while stock cabinets aren’t the prettiest or most original options for remodeling your kitchen, sometimes all you really need is a sturdy cabinet.
When it comes to considering a new counter, people tend to care a lot more about how a countertop looks than how much it costs. 72% of homeowners mentioned looks as their primary motivation when picking out a countertop while only 21% mentioned cost.
At the end of the day, paying more for a counter that is well-designed and speaks to your personal style is worth the investment when you consider how essential your countertop is. From preparing meals, to sharing meals, to mingling with loved ones, to having cocktails, game nights, and dinner parties, your countertops are directly at the center of your kitchen experience. The counter is the place where we spend most of our time in the kitchen besides the table.
Besides your style, the overall ease of use for your countertop will be the deciding factor on which countertop is best for your kitchen. When choosing a countertop material in 2017, most homeowners are favoring granite and quartz counters for their kitchens.
Granite and quartz have been the two most popular countertop materials for some time now because they’re both aesthetically pleasing and provide a neutral look for your kitchen. While granite countertops have reigned supreme in the past, quartz has caught up significantly due to the high cost and maintenance that granite requires.
Granite is porous, meaning that it acts like a sponge and soaks up water and other liquids, leaving stains that are notoriously difficult to remove. Also due to its porous nature, granite can harbor bad bacteria that make it unsafe for food. However, these problems are easily avoided by sealing and resealing your granite countertop once a year.
Quartz is a durable stone surface, like granite, that isn’t porous and can be kept 99.9% bacteria-free. But while these countertops are much more sanitary in the kitchen, quartz countertops are actually crushed quartz mixed with binding resin and color additives, ending up to be around 93% quartz—so you lose the appealing effect you get from a large harvested slab of granite.
When you consider these two countertop trends, you come to a crossroads between look and cost: granite is all-natural, completely one material, and beautiful, and quarts is easier to maintain and gives the same clean look without all of the extra work.
With any remodeling project in your home, it’s best to look through all of your options. More and more, we find that homeowners are looking for the freedom to create the house of their dreams, and not just buy it outright. Going away is the preference to stock cabinets and cheaper counters. Custom designs are the way to go for the modern homeowner. So do your research, test colors and neutrals together, figure out which style matches your preferences, and find a company that will help you make your dreams a reality.
At Pease Warehouse & Kitchen Showroom, we go the extra mile to be sure your plans come to life. All you need to do is bring your ideas and your kitchen dimensions and we’ll get the ball rolling for your next project. Schedule an appointment, by calling us at (513) 867-9926 at one of the extensions listed here, and one of our designers can walk you through all the options we have available.