up a new kitchen design for your home is a lot easier when you combine
aesthetics with your practical needs. Here’s a mini-primer of the
top kitchen trends based on information gleaned from top design experts.
Transitional kitchens occur when couples blend different ideas and tastes
into a mix that works for both. “[Everybody] wants a say in how to
build a house and how to arrange lifestyles around the kitchen,” says
New York-based interior designer Deborah Antar.
Designers use laminate countertops as a way to pull together such kitchens.
For example, to create balance in a kitchen that contains both modern masculine
elements and a feminine rustic style, a granite-like laminate pattern in
a rich hue is ideal. The granite pattern works for both kitchen styles
and the infusion of color achieves the required balance.
Farmhouse casual kitchens
Farmhouse casual kitchens feature lots of wood painted in glazed off-white
hues, bead boards of varying widths and distressed-looking materials. There
are many cabinets and large prep areas, traditional light fixtures and
Mediterranean kitchens often sport dark, rich woods with straighter lines
than the farmhouse style. Fixtures have simple lines and flooring is wood
or tumbled stone. Color has more of a presence in these kitchens. The elegant
marble looks of the Fusion Series in deep green, blue and black as well
as neutral tones are at home in Mediterranean kitchens.
Modern kitchens favor high-gloss finishes, fun colors and exotic veneers.
Lighting is not just utilitarian but makes a decorative statement. Appliances
and countertops often feature color. Flooring can be an exotic wood, such
as bamboo, or depict interesting patterns. Metallic laminate patterns or
ones with a subtle sheen provide designs for the modern kitchen.