(Photo from Sherwin Williams)
I recently spoke to Beth Chisholm, a successful kitchen and cabinet designer in Colorado. Beth mainly focuses on the cabinetry in high end homes. I wanted to find out what she was seeing in terms of new kitchen trends. It was interesting that what she is seeing is often different than what we are seeing in new home builds or homes for sale in the current Denver market. Her clients tend to be on the cutting edge of design and what is reflected in the local real estate market may take a couple of years to catch up to reflect the trends she is seeing right now.
The overall trend in homes is toward palettes that are "calm". We want our homes to be a refuge from our busy and often stressful lives. Counters are moving from granite and busy patterns to quartz. Sedate colors, mono-chromatic hues, and slab doors on cabinets are the new modern. Many of the cabinets, rather than wood, are painted: often a high gloss white with an almost laminate type look. There is a strong color blocking trend, using blues of all shades. Oceanside, is Sherwin William's 2018 color of the year and makes cabinets and walls pop! This color is on trend moving away from the neutral of navy and all of the gray we have seen in recent years.
Some of the new materials being used for counters and cabinets are slabs of reconstituted woods: acacia, walnut and white oak are all popular. These woods are processed in Italy and then sent to the states. They add visual texture and warmth to the quiet, calm kitchen space.
As millennials make their mark, new homes are seeing less cabinets and less storage space. The thought being to simplify our lives and own less, thus reducing the need for tons of storage. Bosch Steam Ovens are also popular as many people are focused on healthy eating and food preparation. Steam Ovens allow food to keep a higher percentage of it's nutritional value and reflect the changing values in our culture. Refrigerator's are getting smaller - again a nod to shop local and buy fresh produce.
It will be fun to see these trends as they make there way into the mainstream! I love looking at homes and can't wait to see some of these new ideas! If you are looking for a home or would like a valuation on your current home, please email, text or call. We would love to help you home!