The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the backdrop of so many of your memories and the perfect place to begin your home renovation project. For many of us the kitchen is a place of solitude, where we drink our precious morning coffee. It’s also a place of community, where we make meals for loved ones and share stories. Because you spend so much time (alone and with others) in your kitchen, you want it to be functional and beautiful! The challenge of a perfect kitchen renovation is striking the balance between being on-trend and meeting your unique needs. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 kitchen renovation trends that we think will give you both what you need and what you want.
Smart Kitchen Appliances
Technology is changing, updating and improving at a rapid pace. When it comes to kitchen technology – the future has never been brighter. If you are caffeine-addict there are coffee makers that you can sync with your Amazon Echo, so you can ask Alexa to start brewing your coffee while you’re still in bed. Need to start dinner but you’re stuck at the office? There are crock pots and ovens that sync to apps on your smart phone so you can control the temperature and cook time. There is even a new Family Hub refrigerator from Samsung that has a tablet screen built into the fridge door. This screen is accessible from any connected device, so you can create and share shopping lists, integrate calendars and schedules and even play your favourite cooking music.
Adding high-tech appliances like these to your kitchen not only make the space futuristic and cutting-edge but can make the planning, shopping, cooking and eating that surrounds time spent in the kitchen immeasurably easier.
The quartz countertop trend has continued to grow with no signs of slowing down in 2019. Not only is this material dynamic, durable and cost-effective but the colour, texture and shine come in innumerable combinations, so you can find the perfect quartz for your kitchen counter.
Compared to natural stone materials like granite or marble, quartz needs far less maintenance. These other materials are more prone to chipping and scratching, but quartz is significantly more durable and easy to maintain. Further, quartz is non-porous and therefore resistant to bacteria and mould. Another reason quartz will continue to be a popular material in the new year is because it is priced at nearly half the cost of marble and maintains its reputation as a life-long investment.
Effective Storage Solutions
One extremely functional and practical kitchen renovation trend is creating recesses and hidden storage areas. A great way to do this when renovating is by tucking your pantry, shelving or cabinets into the wall to keep from obstructing the flow of the kitchen.
In terms of hidden storage, there are so many fun and creative ways to add these areas in your kitchen when renovating. One option is by building a corner appliance garage into the cabinet design on your countertop. An appliance garage conceals small appliances like toasters or coffee makers and eliminates clutter while keeping everything easily accessible.
Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) Flooring
Another consistently popular trend in kitchen renovations are open floor plans. In homes with open floor plans, the spaces that serve different functions (like the kitchen and living areas) need to flawlessly flow together. Keeping the flooring consistent through an open floor plan adds to the seamless transition through the home.
With this in mind, if you opt for an open floor plan you have fewer flooring materials to select. But when you are only selecting one for the whole area you want to make sure it’s perfect! You need a flooring material that is functional for every room, looks sharp and can last. We think the trendiest flooring for 2019 is LVP. LVP flooring is extremely durable, waterproof and can last in high traffic areas (like kitchens) for years without any issues. It comes in a wide range of colours and patterns that can mimic hardwood and can match any home aesthetic, from contemporary to farmhouse. One more bonus, it’s softer than most other materials so it doesn’t hurt your feet or back as much when standing on it for long periods!
Indoor Herb Garden
Over the past few years awareness on the benefit and importance of locally-sourced foods, sustainability and wellness have impacted how many of us buy and consume food. This growing awareness has even impacted the kitchen design world. We are seeing an increase in the number of in-home gardens and people growing their own herbs for their kitchen. These gardens are not only a great way to add produce and flavour to your weekly menu, but they add freshness and greenery to your kitchen.
There are so many ways to use these little plants to enhance the feel of your space in 2019. There are hanging herb gardens, windowsill planters, planters with built in LED lights, vertical herb gardens – the options are endless!
Making the decision to renovate your kitchen is a big one, but it can be so rewarding. Don’t get too caught up in the trends, just consider your space, your family’s needs and the little details that make you excited. We know you can have the best of both worlds – a functional and beautiful kitchen for your family to enjoy for years to come.