Updating Your Kitchen: Popular Design Trends for the Heart of Your Home

If you want to add value to your house without tackling an entire home remodel, then focus on updating your kitchen. Kitchen renovation offers an excellent return on investment—more than any other room in the home, which is largely due to the high volume of use it receives.

Styles in kitchen design change from year to year. That’s why it is important to understand these ever-evolving trends and select the ones that will stand the test of time for many years.  

Today’s kitchen’s are all about efficiency and practicality.  How can you get the most function per square inch? Start with the layout. Since the kitchen is the hub of the home, it’s important to understand how the space impacts adjacent rooms and traffic flow. Your cabinets should also work to organize and improve the efficiency of your kitchen design. Floor-to-ceiling walls of cabinetry are popular options for achieving the most function, providing ample space for stowing away appliances, bake ware, dishes and more.

Simple, contemporary style
Adornments and embellishments are a thing of the past, and today’s modern kitchens are taking on a contemporary design that will hold its value over time. This minimalist trend is best defined by simple and clean styles, limited colors, sleek lines and minimal aesthetics while offering up big, open spaces perfect for entertaining.

Sizeable islands
If your kitchen layout allows for it, islands are a great central feature that can be added to maximize the space in your kitchen design. Big kitchen islands provide an excellent place for preparing food, entertaining guests and a casual space for sitting and eating.

Glass tile backsplash
Many homeowners today are opting for glass tile backsplashes, which come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes to complement any kitchen color scheme. Not only do they add brightness, clean lines and a polished finish to any kitchen design, they are also very easy to clean and care for.

Lighter color palettes
Kitchens today are moving away from dark colors and finishes in favor of lighter, warmer color palettes, such as whites, greys and greens. Neutral colors help make the kitchen look more spacious, airy and soft.

Hidden appliances
To achieve an open, organized kitchen feel, many appliances are being incorporated to blend seamlessly with the design. For instance, dishwashers and refrigerators can disappear behind beautiful cabinets and cleverly designed panels to enhance a clean, uncluttered look.

Layered lighting
Finally, because the kitchen is the primary entertaining hub of the home, lighting should be layered, combining ambient with task lighting. Under-cabinet LED lights and bold pendant lights are becoming more commonplace to achieve an inviting, functional living space  

Ultimately, doing your research now and hiring a professional in kitchen renovation will ensure that your kitchen will remain a room that you will feel proud to work, live and entertain in for many years to come.

Whether you're looking for a quick update or a total overhaul, KLM Builders can help guide you through the entire remodeling process, identify your options and ensure your new kitchen is beautiful, properly installed and fully functional—all within your budget. With more than 25 years of homebuilding and remodeling experience, KLM would love to help you turn your dream kitchen into a beautiful reality with their exceptional remodeling services and inventory of top of the line products including granite and Corian countertops and Merillat cabinetry.  

For more information on Kitchen Design trends or a FREE consultation contact KLM Builders Inc. in northern Illiniois at 815.678.4018 or visit KLMBuildersInc.com.


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