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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

10 Top Kitchen Trends for 2015

In the year 2015, the kitchen is not being built for just cooking. Rather, it is becoming a multi-purpose room that simultaneously allows restaurant-worthy meals to be made while also acting as the hub of all conversation, dining, social gatherings and festivities.
We already know that kitchens seem to have a magic power of pulling in the party—but in 2015 it’s a party room with more than one purpose.
So, let’s look at the hottest kitchen trends for 2015, and ring in the new year right with a new, en vogue kitchen:

1) Bring on Bold Color

2015 is the year to give your kitchen a bold upgrade. This means not being afraid to add a little color to your décor where you might not have expected it before. Sometimes it takes the creation of contrast to get the aesthetic look you’re aiming for—and bold colors are ‘it’ in 2015.
This year, try painting your cabinets any bold shade (dark or light).  These bodacious colors naturally draw the eye in and create a focal point.
Be sure to pull all of your primary kitchen features together in an upgraded and modern fashion by balancing bold colors with lighter neutral tones throughout.

2) Industrial Lighting

Your kitchen needs to be well-lit in order to keep up with your culinary adventures, but also provide the perfect place for conversation and mingling to happen at get-togethers.
Industrial-style lighting is very on-trend for 2015. What does this style look like? Well, it varies, but here are some key elements to look for:

  • - black steel
  • - stainless steel
  • - wire caging in place of sconces
  • - clear glass and old-fashioned style lightbulbs
  • - copper or brass
  • - rivets and other industrial hardware

3) Industrial Kitchen Island

For 2015 the hot kitchen trend is very much an industrious one. Kitchens are taking on a new personality thanks to popular cooking shows that exhibit industrial kitchens that are outfitted with all the restaurant-quality fixings.
The kitchen island remains the center of the kitchen, but thanks in part to these television shows, the island has shifted. Mobile kitchen islands are all the rage and there’s clear reason for their rise in popularity. Built with function and efficiency in mind a mobile island gives you the benefit of extra counter space, without restrictions on your kitchen floor plan.
Kitchen islands that can be moved from place to place open up opportunities for space in your kitchen you wouldn’t have with a stationary island. And the style of island has begun to mimic a more industrial standard with steel wheels and stainless steel shelves.

4) High Efficiency

When talking about kitchen trends for 2015, efficiency is all the rage. There’s no better place to put efficiency into practice than with your pantry shelves. Your kitchen pantry holds all your most essential kitchen items, and should be a priority when it comes to your kitchen upgrade.
Pull-out pantry shelves not only make the search for the right ingredient easier, but virtually painless. Shelves that pull out mean you’re able to see everything at once and just as easily rearrange.
Make this the year that you eliminate kitchen stress by adding a set of pull-out pantry shelves. You’ll kiss the days of digging in the dark goodbye when you’re finally able to visualize what you actually have in that pantry and find it within seconds.

5) Vertical Kitchen Drawers

In a similar vein of organizational thought this year, why not look into adding some vertical drawers to your kitchen? There’s no rule that says kitchen drawers have to be built horizontally, and if something comes along that makes life easier, 2015 should be the year to incorporate it into your kitchen.
Designers are adding (and sometimes hiding)  these tall drawers in the most unusual places, taking advantage of otherwise wasted wall space.
This style of drawer also works well for those small and sometimes hard-to-store items like spices.

6) Kitchen Islands Have a New Job

Kitchen islands are becoming more than just a prep or serving station in 2015—they are acting as home and decor furnishings. This year, transform your kitchen from culinary base to display case with the addition of a unique kitchen island.
Consider incorporating glass or mirror doors on island storage units, or refurbish an old barn table into an island by adding lower shelving units for storage. Regardless of the style you choose, begin to look at your island as a style statement.
The island in the image below certainly makes an impact!

7) Kitchen Flooring

According to architect Stephen Alton, flooring options for 2015 are going to be amazing, particularly when it comes to the kitchen. Porcelain is going to be a popular flooring choice this year, especially for those on tighter budgets.
Available in many different colors, patterns, and textures, porcelain lasts as long, if not longer than many other flooring products— despite the images of fine china that the name suggests.
For those with higher-end budgets, more elaborate floor tiles will be popular such as the ones shown in the image below.

8) Tiles Are Everywhere

2015 is definitely looking to be the year of the tile as far as kitchen design is concerned. Not super difficult to install and available with colorful grouting options, there’s no reason to stop with a backsplash when putting tiles in your kitchen—why not cover an entire wall?
Consider tiling the interior of your kitchen sink—it’s beneficial on several levels. Not only does it provide a water resistant surface, but allows for easy cleaning that’s also pleasing to the eye. Colorful tiles in your sink give your kitchen a fun edge that allows you to incorporate bold hues you might not be brave enough to try on primary walls or backsplashes.
Tiles will bring a vibrant life to your kitchen décor that just wasn’t there before.

9) Brass is Back 
Sometimes the best decore trends are seen in the details.  Your kitchen is no exception to this rule. 
The Gleam of brass details can turn your kitchen into a very elegant space. Thick shiny brass pendants, brass knobs, handles and brass facets.
If this shine it too much for your tastes, then try toned down copper details instead. Either way, these gold hued metals are very now. 

10)  Kitchens Get Smart
If your smartphone can’t do it, then it can’t be done, right? Well, for many this is true, which is why a current trend in kitchens evolve around smart technology.
Take, for instance, the Anova Precision Cooker. This Bluetooth-enabled device allows you to connect to your phone, search recipes, and integrate the suggested cooking times and temps so that your food comes out perfect each and every time.
You will also want to embrace charging stations within your kitchen design—there are numerous hidden options to be discovered that won’t take away from the decor. Consider adding some unique technology to your kitchen, making it ‘smarter’ in 2015

Whether you decide to incorporate one or all of these fun ideas, it's time to give your kitchen the modern boost it deserves for the year to come.  Functioning as the central heartbeat of your home, putting some time and energy into small upgrades can go a long way towards making your kitchen the haven it's meant to be for family and friends.
Make this year the one that takes your kitchen from standard to sublime. With a focus on efficiency, functionality and personal style, you can’t go wrong.
What trend do you want to add to your kitchen this year?

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