Trending: Today’s Kitchen

Posted 08/24/2016

Ask any decorator, kitchen designer, architect or homeowner. The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where we nourish our bodies and nurture our souls by creating memories that revolve around delicious food, hearty laughter and good conversation with family and friends.

Over the past two decades, kitchens have evolved from utilitarian spaces designed strictly for cooking into living spaces that combine both style and substance. Today’s kitchen is as beautiful as it is functional. It’s part living room, homework hub, dining spot and food prep station. And, of course, it’s where everyone wants to hang out and socialize during the party.

Hungry for inspiration as you create your own dream kitchen? We gathered some trends from Sam Ferris, a Houzz contributor, and assembled this short list. Take a look at what’s driving kitchen design – and see how these ideas are expressed in our Maracay Homes models.

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Shed Some Light on the Matter. Under-cabinet lighting is an easy way to serve up a side of mood with your food. Designers favor the convenience of low-voltage light tape strips for accomplishing this task. Add them below, above and inside cabinets, and below countertop overhangs to complement traditional can lighting.

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All Together, Now. While the great room concept isn’t new, it is, well…great…for adding a sense of connectivity in the home. Open floor plans that allow the kitchen to flow into the family room enable both spaces to feel more accommodating to one another. Designers predict floor plans that merge kitchens with the home’s primary living space will become even more streamlined in the future.

Heavy Metal. Metallic finishes are all the rage in kitchens – and have been for a few years. However, in the past, copper, brass and bronze have been used in small doses on faucets, lights and cabinet hardware. This year’s trend brings metal front and center, with range hoods that replace wood as the hood of choice.

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A Soft Touch. Bold primary colors and white motifs may be taking a back burner to soft, muted color palettes in the kitchen this year. According to design professionals, gray, blue, pale green-gray and light yellow are the preferred paint colors to complement lighter wood tones like walnut, whitewashed wood and white oak.