Many people consider the kitchen to be the most important room in their home. Not only is it a functional place to prepare meals, it’s where families come together for food, conversation, and making memories. If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen from the ground up, or simply want to make a few fresh updates, read on for the newest tips and trends that are essential to achieving a modern kitchen you’ll love.
Make a Bold Statement with Cabinets
Cabinets are the focal point of the kitchen. They set the tone for the space based on the material, stain or color, and hardware. Gray is currently overtaking white as a top choice for cabinets, while white cabinets offset by black granite countertops is a choice that never goes out of style. If you have outdated oak cabinets, now is the perfect time to consider installing new custom-built cabinets complete with additional storage options to propel your kitchen into the 21st century.
If you’re on a tighter budget, consider DURAMAX refacing to get the perfect look for your cabinets at a fraction of the cost. This process upgrades old cabinet doors with new custom doors and drawer fronts, while reconditioning the existing structure of the cabinets. You’ll get new hinges and moldings while enjoying a dazzling array of over 1,000 different design option, including your choice of wood, stain, or custom paint.
Consider Strong Quartz Countertops
Granite has reigned supreme as the countertop of choice for years. But as of 2014, Cambria quartz is overtaking granite as the top choice for modern kitchens. Consumer Reports pegs quartz as the strongest material for countertops. It’s scratch resistant and won’t burn or chip. Crushed quartz is combined with resin and colorfast pigments to create a rainbow of countertop color schemes from solid hues to granite-like patterns. Additionally, quartz doesn’t require annual sealing to prevent stains like granite, and it’s backed by a lifetime warranty.
Add LED Lighting for a Dramatic Flair
Adequate lighting is a must for you to work effectively in your kitchen, but it also adds an air of sophistication and ambiance to the room. LED rope lights or puck lights are the perfect solution for adding a touch of light where you want it—above the cabinets to splash colored light on the ceiling, under toe kicks to make a subtle nightlight, or to showcase a favorite design element like a backsplash or island.
LED lights have been gaining in popularity for several years because they are:
- Energy efficient – they last five times longer than traditional bulbs.
- Low heat – they won’t burn cabinets or walls.
- Versatile – you can install them almost anywhere in a wide range of colors.
- Affordable – the cost of LEDs keeps falling each year.
Get Creative with Tile
If you’re interested in exploring the white or gray modern kitchen trend that is gaining popularity, you’ll want to consider balancing out the look with a colorful tile backsplash. Consider installing a glass mosaic tile backsplash to add a punch of color and texture to an otherwise stark space. Mosaic tile is translucent and reflects light beautifully to showcase your modern kitchen.
Metallic tile can add a dramatic visual impact to your all-white or gray kitchen with just a few well-placed pieces. By adding a border of metallic tile around a neutral-colored backsplash, you’ll add texture and contrast to your neutral color scheme while also highlighting stainless steel appliances.