You know your kitchen needs a new look. It’s time for it to join the 21st Century, but where do you start? How do you avoid getting stuck with a fad that’s going out of style?
TLC’s Remodel experts got together to share the top kitchen remodel trends that are expected to stay in style for years to come. You can’t go wrong with these timeless ideas. Even one of them can update the look of your kitchen!
A beautiful backsplash is always in style. The backsplash isn’t just stylish, it’s practical. It’s at the back of your stove or sink and protects the wall from splashes. The color and design options are endless and can reflect your individual sense of style.
There are several materials that can be used as backsplash. Popular materials include tin, wood, vinyl, and more, but the best and often prettiest option is tile. Just make sure that the installer seals it properly.
Sealant is important for many types of backsplashes, especially wood and tile. If the backsplash is not sealed correctly, grease, and oil can permanently stain it. Wood is also a risk if your stove has open flame. TLC’s home remodel experts always include tile sealing when installing a backsplash.
2. Range Hoods
A beautiful range hood can bring an old kitchen back to life. The range hood is the fan and vent located above your stove. The fan pulls heat and airborne particles into the vent and releases it either outside or circulates it back into the kitchen.
The range hood serves a practical purpose, and you can get them in basically any style you want. Do you have a farm kitchen look? You can have a metal range hood with wood veneer finish. Is your kitchen modern? Maybe stainless steel is more your vibe. Want it to match your cabinets? That can be done too!
If you don’t already have one and you want to install a range hood, you will need to have a venting system installed by a professional. Many range hoods vent out through the roof. This isn’t usually a problem in homes with only one story, but for a two-story house, it might need to vent back into the house. Talk to your remodel professional about your options.
3. Farm/Apron Sink
A farmhouse or apron sink is a great addition to your kitchen! There are two main reasons to get a farm sink. One is because it is more convenient to reach and use, especially if you host often, use heavy kitchenware, or spend lots of time in your kitchen. The second reason is that they make a fabulous focal point. A bonus third reason is that Joanna Gaines has one, so you probably need one too.
All jokes aside, a farm sink is generally larger and more accessible than an average kitchen sink because they’re deeper, wider, and longer. The front, called the apron, often juts out from the cabinet just a little bit to keep you from having to lean over the counter. This is perfect if you have to lift heavy pots and pans.
One thing to keep in mind when installing a farm sink is that they aren’t like normal sinks. You will probably need to have your cabinets and/or cabinet doors customized. You might even need to replace the cabinets altogether for it to work. Keep this in mind when you’re putting your remodel budget together.
4. Solid Surface Countertops
Gone are the days of tile countertops. They are hard to clean and can stain badly if not sealed properly. Homeowners these days are turning to smooth, solid surface countertops like Granite, Corian, or Silestone. Not only are they gorgeous, but they’re a lot easier to clean.
The good news with countertops is that you don’t have to replace your cabinets (unless you want to). The old countertop can be removed and the new one installed on top of the existing cabinets. This is great news if you already love what you have.
5. Wooden Cabinets
The great thing about cabinets is that they don’t need to be replaced if you want a fresh look. Wooden cabinets are especially easy to paint or stain. Updating the color of your cabinets can change the entire feel and mood of your kitchen.
If you still have vintage metal cabinets, you can do a few things. One is to make the entire kitchen retro, which can be really cool, but you have to be careful not to make your kitchen look dated. A second option is to replace those babies altogether.
You don’t necessarily have to put in regular, plain cabinets. They come in hundreds of colors, shapes, sizes, and styles. Some cabinets have windows in the doors. They can reach the ceiling, or you can replace the upper cabinets with shelves. The only limit is your imagination!
6. The Kitchen Floor
Replacing the floor is a huge step in bringing your kitchen up to speed. This one change can drastically improve the look of your kitchen.
The tile floor is a timeless classic that will stay in style for years. Just like with backsplash, make sure it’s properly sealed. The kitchen is the home of grease, oil splatters, and water spills. You want your beautiful tile floor to be protected for a lifetime.
If you prefer a wood look, there are a few options: tile that looks like wood or waterproof laminate flooring. These wood imitations are completely liquid and water proof, styled to look like wood and easy to clean. You won’t have to worry about water damage when the kids get into a water fight while doing the dishes.
What’s the bottom line?
Remodeling your kitchen is a big project, and it can be hard to know which styles are actually trending and which styles are dying fads. These six trends have been around for a while and show no signs of going away anytime soon. You can add your own touch to these timeless styles while staying current.
TLC’s team of remodel experts are here help you decide the best way to remodel your kitchen. Whether you want to redo one thing or you are ready to completely start over, TLC’s got your back! Get a free quote today or contact us at 505-761-9696.