1. Open shelving and glass-front cabinets.
Open shelving and glass-front cabinets look great in all kitchen styles from elegant Traditional to Arts & Crafts and Modern. Open shelving is convenient and costs much less than full cabinets. Glass-front cabinets can be anything from simple to decorative glass and very decorative muntin styles. Be sure to ask for lighting in your glass-front cabinets to show off your china and glassware to its best advantage.
2. Black Countertops.
Whether its quartz, granite or solid surface black is the color for 2014. Black is a very basic color and looks fantastic with just about any cabinetry, appliance color and kitchen style. If you are a little unsure about too much black use it for part of the kitchen and use a lighter countertop like white marble or quartz for the rest. Kitchen islands are the perfect place for black countertops.
3. Dark Paint Colors.
What will well-dressed cabinets be wearing this year? Well, white will never go out of style, it’s the top selling cabinet color, but this year dark paint colors will give it a run for its money. Black is one of white’s biggest contenders and dark red and deep blue are following closely behind. Designers, myself included, recommend using dark paint colors in moderation unless you have a huge kitchen with tons of light. The kitchen island is, again, the perfect place for a dark color. Or use a dark color on key cabinets such as the cooktop and sink cabinets.
4. Apron Front Sinks
Apron front or ‘’farmhouse sinks’’ have been popular for a while now and they will be even more popular in 2014. These big, roomy, deep sinks are just the ticket for filling tall pots, and washing large items and there’s far less splashing. These used to be seen mostly in country style kitchens but they are now right at home in any style. There’s even apron front sinks for very modern kitchens and others that are elegant enough for very traditional styles. There’s many more materials available now as well like stainless steel, copper (which has natural antibacterial properties) and granite.
5. Slate Appliances.
GE’s slate color appliances sold twice as well as expected and the company has announced it will introduce more appliances in this color in 2014. Kitchens filled with lots of stainless steel appliances are giving way to this softer neutral gray look. Will this finish be the demise of stainless steel? Probably not, at least not just yet.