Most people who are considering remodeling their kitchen will tune into HGTV, scour Pinterest, and pick up home-style magazines.
However, styles change – sometimes very quickly – and kitchen features and accouterments aren’t immune to those changes. Trends come and go with regularity, while some stand the test of time, even if they’re currently on a downswing.
And then there are the trends that only work in certain geographic locations or spaces. Let’s face it, the terracotta themes or tile designs featured in magazines might work in Miami or Texas, but they’re not going to be as popular (or practical) in the Pacific Northwest.
Basically, styles and trends have myriad deciding factors, including your own personal preferences.
Emerging Trends In 2019
This is one of those trends that can be easily updated with changing style preferences. Instead of opting for built-in bench seating, go for free-standing options that can be repurposed if necessary, and double as storage.
This trend marries darker colored cabinets on the bottom with lighter colors on the top to draw the eye up and give the illusion of open space. Used most often with smaller kitchens, this trend is a unique and new way to create what your kitchen lacks: space.
Fading Trends In 2019
Raised Panel Cabinets
Raised panel style cabinetry is on a steady decline in popularity. Because kitchen cabinets rank right up there with countertops when it comes to kitchen remodels, it’s important to remember that, if you’re looking to increase the resale value of your home, more renovators are turning to shaker and farmhouse-style cabinets.
Current and Classic Kitchen Countertops Trends
One of the first things homeowners look at when remodeling their kitchen is the countertops, and granite and quartz are two of the top contenders when determining the material.
There are many reasons granite and quartz remain the top choice for homeowners, but two of the main reasons are for their visual appeal and the resale value boost.
Both choices are elegant and durable, but deciding between the two can often be difficult and require a bit of research.
For example, are you looking for an all-natural stone, complete with unique combinations of colors, minerals, swirls, and flashes of mica? Granite is 100 percent natural and contains traits that add depth and movement. Each slab is truly unique.
This natural stone material is a classic favorite and a solid choice for kitchen counter remodels.
On the other hand, quartz is also a beautiful option. Because it’s man-made, engineered stone, the patterns and coloring are more uniform, making it a clear choice for those who demand precision and continuity in their design.
When it comes to trends and popularity, there are options available that will appeal to every taste, budget, and design “must-have.”
Your style or plan should always help steer your choices. If you’re in your home for the long haul, go with what is going to make you comfortable and happy when you’re occupying that kitchen space.
If you’re prepping your home for sale or looking to boost its resale value, give declining or hard/expensive-to-change options a wide berth and go for the classic winners.
Before you take the plunge and begin your kitchen, make sure you’ve explored your options thoroughly.
At Crowley’s, we want to help you make the most informed decision you can. If your old, tired counters are up on the remodel block, and you’re considering either granite or quartz, download our handy Granite & Quartz Material Guide or contact our professionals for more information.
Kitchen Remodels: The Latest Trends & Styles in Portland OR & Vancouver WA
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