Your kitchen is undoubtedly one of the most utilised spaces in your entire home. It’s a gathering hotspot when hosting friends and loved ones, a destination for memory-making with your family, and a place for you to mentally side-step life’s stressors and focus on the task at hand — be it kneading, stirring, basting, or beyond. With all of this in mind, it’s important to balance a sense of welcoming warmth and supreme function when sorting through kitchen design ideas.
Maybe you’re considering a complete overhaul, or perhaps toying with the idea of a quick renovation to help breathe new life into your cooking space. While laying the groundwork for upcoming plans, consider what kitchen “trends” are more apt to stand the test of time and which fads might fade faster than you can say, “Dinner’s ready!”
Kitchen design ideas you can incorporate without thinking about the latest trends
White kitchens with texture and warmth
If you’re revamping your kitchen’s colour palette, consider going with a timeless, creamy white scheme. “A white kitchen is a forever trend that has stood the test of time,” says Heather Fujikawa, owner and principal designer at House Sprucing. “It’s fresh, clean, and updated, and it gives you the flexibility to change out your décor or furnishings to create a new look without having to renovate the bones of your kitchen.”
However, a white kitchen can easily read as severe or sterile, so it’s critical to incorporate colour and softness through other elements. Fujikawa likes weaving in warm earth tones via wood and brick to balance out white’s coolness. Pops of colour and texture, achieved through light fixtures, backsplashes, and appliances, can also lend a sense of thoughtful dimension.
Soft, muted colour palettes
For those who prefer more colour, try leaning into soft and unimposing shades. Choosing a dramatic hue or flashy wallpaper might be visually beautiful, but you run the risk of tiring of these expensive décor moments in 5 years or less.
“Using classic, neutral colours are a great way to ensure that your kitchen will never go out of style,” says Caren Rideau, interior designer and the founder of Kitchen Design Group. “White, black, browns, and greys have been historically integrated into both traditional and contemporary designs, proving that these colours are universally ageless.”
Fluted detailing, a subtle vertical striping technique, has taken the design industry by storm in recent years, showing up everywhere from fireplace mantels to millwork. Though fresh, Fujikawa predicts fluted accents are here to stay—and she loves using them in kitchens.
“While it may seem subtle, fluted detailing is a beautiful, modern way to make a statement in your kitchen. It will remain on-trend and hold its value for years to come as new design trends come and go,” Fujikawa says. The secret, she adds, is to not go overboard. Instead, choose one area for this design detail to make a statement, such as a pantry door or a set of lower cabinets.
You’ve got plenty of options when it comes to kitchen countertops — marble, butcher block, concrete, and resin—but Rideau exclusively uses quartzite in her designs. Not only will quartzite countertops stand the test of time from a kitchen design ideas perspective, but she argues they’re more functional and durable.
“Quartzite maintains the classic look of marble, but can withstand the trials and tribulations of a working kitchen,” says Rideau. She adds, “I recommend selecting a straight-edge countertop, compared to a decorative edging, for a cleaner installation.”
Decorative island lighting
Investing in quality lighting fixtures for the kitchen island is key, since it’s a task area that requires ample illumination. Consider this an opportunity to blend form with function and choose decorative lighting that enhances your space and speaks to your taste, says Rideau. For instance, consider a geometric spin on a chandelier, linear pendants, or architectural globes.
“The island lies in the centre of the kitchen, and eyes are naturally drawn to this area,” says Rideau. “Refined lighting fixtures bring [you’re] final design to fruition.”
Contrasting, but cohesive details
Matching colours, cabinetry, and fixtures might feel like an easy route to take when designing your kitchen, but try embracing contrast in both colour and texture. “By mixing paint colours or stains, it allows a design to become more evergreen since you’re not sticking to one particular style,” Fujikawa says. “This creates a look that is not only trendy now, but will remain timeless in the years to come.”
Upper and lower cabinets are a great place to play around with mixing different paint colours and stains, as these areas are statement spots that act as a wonderful base for the rest of your kitchen’s design.
This story first appeared on www.marthastewart.com
(Main and featured image: Claire Flannery / Period Media)
© 2021 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved. Licensed from MarthaStewart.com and published with permission of Meredith Corporation. Reproduction in any manner in any language in whole or in part without prior written permission is prohibited.