Kitchen trends for 2011


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First, let me wish a happy new year for you, dear reader! And now, I think it’s time for the ‘obligatory’ trends post, as the new year starts – we all need to start from somewhere, don’t we?

You usually build your kitchen to last for quite a few years, however if you’re like me, you also try to get inspiration from several sources and keep on top of the latest and greatest. Trends in kitchen design are sometimes considered temporary fads, appearing one day, passing the next. However, if you look deeper, there are trends that are consistent, quite some of them are here to stay.
Kitchen trends

Not long ago, natural stone countertops and kitchen islands were viewed as a fad. Today, these are important elements of kitchen design – people came to like natural stone (again, I would say) and if you can afford the space, a kitchen island is very-very practical.

Will the green kitchen still a major trend five years from now? Will engineered stone remain the trendy countertop material that it is now? I’ve tried to collect probably the most important ones, with the help of fixr.

Style

87.2% agree that green is the most trendy kitchen style.

Deisgn Styles

What is the most handy kitchen design?
“Most people like clean lines and neutral colors in their kitchens, they want what is safe for resale and at the same time unique from their neighbors while still earning their admiration. It seems incredibly contradictory, but people want to be unique while at the same time they are doing exactly what everyone else is doing, and that is selecting neutral cabinetry, granite counters, stainless appliances, and tile backsplashes, all in a traditional, simple, functional and easy-to-clean style. Most of the time that style is country or shaker, because it has classic appeal and simplicity of line. It also has a very cozy and welcoming feel to it which appeals to most people in all age groups.”

-Andrea Pack from Pack Design LLC.

Cabinets

80% agree that stainless steel is the most trendy cabinetry.

Cabinetry

Kitchen Flooring

80% agree that reclaimed wood is the most trendy flooring material.

Flooring Materials

“Sheet vinyl is certainly easy to clean but it’s the least sophisticated look. In contrast, natural stone is quite durable and can be installed in very large pieces with minimal grout. Hardwood floors that are finished on-site (sanded smooth and stained on-site) are also a great choice because they are smooth continuous surfaces without the grooves you often find in pre-finished flooring, or the grout lines found in tiles.”

-Jim Grosspietsch from Studio G Interiors, Inc.

Kitchen countertops

82% agree that engineered stone is the most trendy countertop.

Countertop Materials

What’s your dream countertop?

“I prefer countertops that are low-maintenence, warm to the touch, with interesting visual texture/movement. For these reasons, I really love the newer colors of Corian. They mimic the beauty of natural stone, without all of the drawbacks associated with using a porous, natural stone countertop. A seamless integrated sink is a must-have for anyone who cooks.”

-Kristen Joules from Artistic Kitchens

Kitchen faucets and sinks

83% agree that pullout spray is the most trendy faucet option.

Pullout Spray Style

What are your top three faucet & sink brands?
Hansgrohe Kohler dornbracht

Refrigerators

92.6% agree that metal is the most trendy refrigeration finish.

Refrigeration

What is the most important feature in a refrigerator?
“While function is always key, homeowners are now exercising their option to conceal bulky appliances by integrating them into custom cabinetry. The result is a sophisticated clean look.”

-Jamie Kern from Design Theory Interiors

Cooking Options

85% agree that induction cooktop is the most trendy cooking option.

Cooking

What is the most important cooking feature?
“Safety is most important when cooking. Knobs should be easy to reach with child locks. The controls should also be easy to read so you know when they are turned off or if a burner is still hot.”
-Ann Porter from Kitchen Studio of Naples

Kitchen Island

70.4% agree that table as an island is the most trendy kitchen island.

Refrigeration

What’s one thing you cannot forget on a kitchen island?
“One thing you cannot forget in a kitchen Island are outlets”
-Erinn Valencich from Erinn V. Design Group

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