A kitchen upgrade is a transformation right at the heart of your home. As the central gathering hub, you want a cooking environment that works with the way you live but also reflects who you are. However, creating an area that’s inviting, practical, and personal while embracing your personal style is one of the biggest challenges in updating a kitchen.
Different tastes require different choices when it comes to the details of your kitchen. The important thing to keep in mind is that you are not your neighbor and every upgrade is not right for each cook. A more seasoned home cook might want a butcher block countertop for ease of prep, or a cooktop technology that an average cook wouldn’t require.
The key is to know what functionality you want first, then find the materials, appliances, and layout that is right for your cooking and eating style. That’s where the experts come in handy. We’re here to help you make all of those critical decisions.
Your Home = Your Kitchen Style
Beyond practicalities, your home should also have a significant influence on what your kitchen looks like. Older and historic homes should be honored with traditional or transitional touches, while modern and contemporary style begs for a sleek, sophisticated approach.
For example, just because you love all things modern doesn’t mean a minimalist kitchen belongs in your 1890s Victorian. Your kitchen should have a seamless transition to other areas of your home. One of the best ways to build a kitchen you love is to learn about the latest trends to see what jumps out at you and then discover ways to incorporate it into your dream kitchen.
From countertops to cabinets, and hardware to drawer liners, we know there’s a lot to consider. To narrow down selections, our expert kitchen designers weighed in on the biggest kitchen trends in 2020. Read on to learn about what is at the top of our list for your kitchen this year.
The kitchen’s soul is rooted in premium cooktops and ranges. Finding the right appliances is the most important fundamental aspect of kitchen design. If you’re into a minimalist, clean look that can still deliver for a cook, the induction cooking surface is a top pick. Kd. Project Designer Linda McLean loves Wolf’s 36” Contemporary Induction Cooktop and the 36” Miele Flush-Mounted Induction Cooktop. Both have a sleek look that integrates well with any design.
For those of you who opt for an ornate, top-of-the-line range with high-end cooking capability, Kd. Project Designer Cristal Romero’s choice is La Cornue Chateau. This cooking range is intricately detailed in trim and hardware, and it comes in fun colors to easily integrate with cabinetry. The stainless steel Chateau with chrome or brushed nickel accents is the epitome of chic kitchen design.
Countertops have a big impact on the overall aesthetic of a kitchen. The space’s look and feel rests on the type of countertop you select. There are many options, but one of Linda’s favorites is the quartz slab for its hardy function that maintains an elevated style. Quartz veining adds a level depth that you can’t get from a regular granite slab, so you have a heat resistant surface that amplifies your space.
Kd. Project Designer Elisabeth Aiello loves durable wood countertops. For a kitchen that needs warmth and texture, this option is excellent. The Durata countertop from Grothouse Solid Wood is waterproofed to protect from spills and splashes, and it has a scratch-resistant surface to prevent nicks during big cook sessions.
Create a polished look with unexpected finish combinations. This is where your personal style can really flourish.
Combining materials is one of our favorite ways to integrate a custom design that directly reflects your tastes. Elisabeth says an excellent place to include hybrid finishes is metal hoods. Mixing metals adds interest and incorporates other kitchen finishes into the design. Raw Urth has the flexibility to execute almost any finish you can dream up. For Elisabeth, a dark washed steel body featuring a brushed stainless trim is perfection.
The backsplash offers an opportunity to incorporate a little creativity and fun into your kitchen. It’s also one of our top ways to integrate finishes. For subtle details that make a big impact, Cristal likes to mix looks like antique mirror with marble tiles.
Finding just the right style for your kitchen is a personal journey. It helps to get guidance to find the best look for your upgrade. Our designers are style experts with experience in working with all kinds of client tastes. They’ll walk you through each step to make sure you get the kitchen that’s perfect for you. Contact us today for a free consultation!