Remodeling your kitchen is a big job.
While it’s one of the costliest, it can also be the most cost-effective.
But you have to make the right choices.
Of course, there are some kitchen design styles that are always going to be on trend and look modern, no matter what year it is.
But there are also some trends that are here today and gone tomorrow.
Following a fad in your kitchen is a bad idea.
Let’s take a look at the kitchen trends that you should avoid when you’re giving your kitchen a redo.
1. Distressed cabinets
While shabby chic and country styles have been popular for a while, the look is starting to fade in popularity.
Keep in mind that cabinets are one of the biggest expenses for your new kitchen and replacing them isn’t a simple fix.
Stick with a more classic look and avoid falling out of love in a short amount of time.
2. Appliance garage
You might think you’re being so wise to give your appliances a home of their home, right on the counter.
The truth is, you’re actually giving up quite a bit of counter space by having an appliance garage.
Large, deep cabinet drawers won’t be going out of style anytime soon and they provide plenty of space for all the appliances you need.
3. Over-the-range microwave
If your kitchen is small, it makes sense for you to stick your microwave above your stove.
This practice has been standard fare in kitchen design for a long time, but it’s coming to an end.
The main reason is shift to having all the kitchen elements accessible to the whole family.
The newest, more-convenient spot to put your microwave today is in under-the-counter nooks or cabinet drawers.
4. Hanging pot racks
Those hanging pot racks may make you feel like a real, legitimate chef.
But the trend is passing and soon the only people with hanging pot racks WILL be actual chefs.
By now, you won’t be surprised to find out that a better spot for storing pots and pans is a cupboard drawer.
A more classic, minimalist kitchen design is a safe choice now – and for years to come.
5. Farmhouse sink
If you though the farmhouse sink was here to stay, you aren’t alone.
In reality, you won’t see them very often in a modern kitchen design any longer.
Stick with stainless steel – it’ll always be in style AND practical.
6. Kitchen desk area
A desk in the kitchen makes sense, at first, doesn’t it?
The kitchen is the hub of the home and life often revolves around it.
While the idea has merit, the execution is lacking.
Even with the best intentions, the desk can quickly become a center for clutter and there’s nothing aesthetically pleasing about that.
If you have the luxury of a home office, opt to use that for your mail, the kids’ school papers, and other random paperwork that doesn’t need to be in the kitchen.
Create a kitchen that’s on-trend for the long haul
With the amount of effort and money it takes to redo your kitchen, you don’t want to choose elements that will be out of style in a year or two.
Stick with classic elements that will endure for a long time to come.
When in doubt, consult your trusted contractor, who will be able to guide you to the smartest choices for your space.
For help remodeling your home, contact your local experts VKB Kitchen and Bath.