The kitchen is often considered one of the most important rooms in a home. For many people, the kitchen acts as the main gathering place, where you enjoy your first cup of coffee in the morning or reconnect with family at dinner. When you entertain, it’s also where your family and guests gather to socialize and catch up while you prepare meals together. At Northland, we often design our floor plans so that the kitchen, dining area and great room seamlessly connect to each other to create spaces that are both inviting and efficient, allowing you to entertain with ease.
More so than any other room in the house, kitchens are also responding to the most changes and technological advances. Here are a few kitchen design trends we are watching for 2018.
Kitchen cabinets– you can’t go wrong with choosing light or white cabinets. They work with almost any décor you have in mind for your home. They make a room feel open and airy, and if you have windows in your kitchen with a great outdoor view to show off, lighter cabinets draw your attention to the surrounding landscape. But, don’t be afraid to mix in colors and styles of cabinetry that reflect your personal style. Turning your island into a centerpiece with a splash of color, incorporating glass wall cabinets, or adding open shelving in a contrasting material to show off your dishes or other personal belongings, are just a few style choices we think look great in any kitchen.
Details matter – Consider how you can elevate your kitchen’s design by adding furniture-like details to the space. These touches can bring added warmth and personality to your kitchen. Decorative legs, corbels, end panels, and under cabinet lighting can help elevate your kitchen to showpiece status.
Smart technologies – Kitchen tech is all the rage right now. Smart fridges connect to your smartphone and let you view the inside of your fridge while at the grocery store. Built-in speakers on your fridge allow you to order groceries on-demand through apps like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. How about a trash can that knows when you are running low on an item and will keep a list for you, or a coffee pot that will start to brew when you turn your shower on? Nearly every device in your kitchen is getting “smarter” and these devices are expected to become more and more commonplace in the future.
We think a great kitchen is truly the “heart of the home” so when designing your space make sure to give the room the special attention it deserves.