7 kitchen remodeling trends for 2014

7 kitchen remodeling trends for 2014

Remodeling a kitchen takes a lot of planning and research and is indeed a big investment. There are three motivations that will encourage one to remodel their kitchen: to improve the flow of the workspace in the kitchen, update or improve the room or to add value to the home. 

Trends for remodeling are available very quickly through social media. With numerous internet options, homeowners are more educated for look, quality, function and price and are looking for products that are long lasting.

Below are our top 2014 trends that are must have items for any kitchen remodeling project.

1. Go green.

One can never go wrong being more green and the consumers of today are looking for easy ways to save and recycle. A double trash pullout is a definite must, one of the most popular items added to a kitchen remodeling project. 

One bin is for trash and one bin is for recycling, making it easy to separate the recyclables and easy to put them out for pick up.

2. Casual cabinets.

The current kitchen cabinets have simple style and utilize clean line doors with recessed center panels instead of raised ones. These are less ornate and more “comfortable casual.” 

There is an excellent selection of comfortable styles as well as a variety of colors that will go great with any type of flooring. Along with the cabinet designs, we’re seeing more paints, such as white or cream with gray glazing and black or gray paints. Some homeowners are also selecting custom paint colors to create a more personal style. 

3. Wood grain.

For those who are choosing wood colors, there is more opened grain woods, especially rustic oak and rustic hickory with a modern gray stain that highlights the grain. This is the same trend with wood flooring.

4. Large drawers.

Large drawers are a very popular selection. These drawers are for pots and pans. The larger the drawers are, the better. People are going away from the roll out shelves to drawers for ease of function.

5. Bigger islands.

Islands are getting larger and better functioning, providing the entire family with a space for every need, including homework, prep space, clean up and cooking.

6. Quartz countertops.

For the countertops, quartz is growing in popularity over granite countertops, as the colors are more uniform and simple looking. The main difference between granite and quartz is that granite is natural rock from the earth and will have pitting that requires a sealer every one to three years. 

Quarts is natural rock that is ground up and re-poured to make the counter top and it is maintenance free. Some will choose the type of countertop based on the look and others will choose the counter top based on the amount of maintenance.

7. New layouts.

The kitchen layouts themselves are changing. The triangle workflow of the 1950s is no longer in existence. Now the kitchens are designed with work zones and are more functional. 

Space is being designed for the technology that is being used, including charging station and storage areas for electronics. The desk space has been replaced for the open island for the all usage space.

About this Angie’s List Expert: Lois Wyant represents DirectBuy of Indianapolis, providing kitchen and bathroom remodeling services in Indianapolis. Since 1971, DirectBuy has specialized in providing home furnishings and home improvement items. You can follow this #ALExperts contributor on Twitter @DirectBuyIndy.

As of March 10, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.


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