Ready to renovate your kitchen this year? Read this article to find out what trends you should avoid.
If you want to renovate your kitchen, it’s important that it’s done right. So, choosing a trend that’s soon to fall out of fashion, or a design you’re likely to tire of fairly quickly may not be the way to go.
This is the second part of our two-part article on kitchen trends to avoid in 2023.
Kitchen Trends that May Be On Their Way Out
If you want to design your kitchen to fit your lifestyle it needs to be aesthetically pleasing and functional for you and your family.
But if you’re the kind of person who follows trend or would like to incorporate trendy features into your home, here are ten more you should consider avoiding:
1. Speckled Granite & Carrara Marble Countertops
At one point in time, having the latest and greatest speckled granite countertops were the thing. Carrara marble too was the ultimate expression of luxury.
But the fact is, unless you can afford the best marble countertops, the faux finishes or speckled granite just doesn’t cut it these days. So if you’re deliberating which one of these options is best for you in terms of luxury, it may be time to steer clear entirely.
2. Panelled or Built in Appliances
It used to be that the best and fanciest kitchens came with panelled or built in appliances.
But these days, homeowners want functionality as well as spaces that look great. Opening a cupboard every time you want to use the oven just doesn’t offer that seamless transition anymore when actually using kitchens.
3. Hiding Small Appliances
Hiding small appliances was a trend that probably formed from styled shoots and display homes, which is why the practice has been adopted in a lot of new kitchens.
But for functionality, it just doesn’t work. It gives your home a sterile, showroom look when what would-be homeowners are looking for is the ability to see themselves in a space. If that means leaving your kettle or toaster on show, then so be it.
4. Too Much Grey
A couple of years ago, it was popular to opt for grey in the kitchen. It was homely, while also giving that stylish, modern trend everyone and his dog was after. Now, it just looks dated.
If you want to add colour to your kitchen, veer towards the warmer colours and definitely don’t choose a colour based simply on what’s popular at that point in time for the sake of it.
Choose a colour palette you actually love, and you can’t go wrong.
5. Builders Grade or Non-Functional Lighting
When you’re working in the kitchen, you need to be able to see what you’re doing. While it may be tempting to save money on lighting by choosing the builder’s grade, you may live to regret it if you want it to make a statement and actually make use of your choice.
Investing in a lighting scheme and fixtures that will work for you and your family, whilst also giving you the look you’re after is key when designing a kitchen.
Kitchens used to be designed to take advantage of access. The theory was if you could access your fridge, countertop and stove without taking a step (or only a few steps), you had the ideal layout.
These days, achieving this “triangle” is not as important if it means you’re making the most of your layout and how you actually use the kitchen on a daily basis.
7. Glass or Herringbone Backsplash
Celebrity interior designers can’t get enough of the glass or herringbone backsplash, which is likely why it’s been a popular trend over the years.
These days, the trend is fading to make room for more innovative, practical solutions that you’ll be happier with over time.
8. Appliances Over the Range
Integrated appliances like microwaves being installed over the range has been a big thing over the past couple of years.
But practicality has overcome and a lot of people are tending to veer towards having their useful appliances in an area that is more accessible.
9. Dark, Moody Cabinets
If you love a black kitchen, then by all means opt for cabinets as dark and moody as you like. But if you want the light to flow through, and you’re only including them in your kitchen to appear on-trend, it’s time to stop because they’re on their way out.
10. Kitchens Only Made for Cooking
Kitchens have become the heart of the home, the place where family and friends congregate over dinners and parties. It’s where a lot of people live, and make the most of their space.
So, having a kitchen that is not adaptable, and only suited to cooking is not something many homeowners are finding useful. Consider including a place for the children to do their homework, and enjoy time together.
How to Decide Which Trend is Right for You & Where to Go for Assistance
Of course all of this information is entirely subjective and everyone is entitled to their own opinion when it comes to the design of their new kitchen.
But, if you’re struggling with your design, or don’t know where to go for the latest fixtures and fittings, contact the team at Builders Discount Warehouse today.
For expert help with your kitchen renovation and accessories, contact us today.