1. Glass-front cabinetry and open shelving
Whether your kitchen is traditional, modern, or anywhere in between, open shelving or glass-front cabinets can look great. Open shelves are much less expensive than traditional cabinets, and they allow you easy access to dishes and kitchen implements. Whether they’re simple or decorative, glass-front cabinets will show your best glassware and china to full advantage. Just make sure your cabinets include lighting.
2. Black Countertops
Black is where it’s at for countertops in 2014. Granite, quartz and solid surface countertops are all available in black. This simple color looks great with almost any kitchen style, appliance color and cabinetry. If you don’t want all of your countertops to be black, try using a lighter color such as white quartz or marble for most of the counters and keep the black as an accent color. A kitchen island looks especially good with a black countertop.
3. Dark Colors of Paint
What are the best-dressed cabinets this year going to be wearing? White is always in style, and it’s the biggest seller, but darker colors will be catching up this year. Black is gaining on white as a contender for the most popular choice, but red and dark blue are not far behind. According to many designers (including me) you should moderate your use of dark colors unless your kitchen is huge and very well-lit. Again, a kitchen island makes a great self-contained place to try a dark accent color. Key cabinets like the sink cabinet or cooktop are also good choices.
5. Apron Front Sinks
“Farmhouse” or apron front sinks are nothing new, but you will be seeing a lot more of them in 2014. These sinks are big, deep, spacious, and perfect for washing your biggest pots and pans without splashing, or for filling your tallest vessels. These were once seen mainly in country-type kitchens, but now they’re being used with other styles too. You can get very modern apron front sinks for contemporary kitchens, or elegant ones that fit in with very traditional décor. They come in a wide variety of materials now, including copper (a naturally antimicrobial material), granite, and stainless steel.
5. Slate Appliances
According to GE, they sold twice as many appliances in slate as they had expected, and this company will now offer this color for more appliances in 2014. Stainless steel has dominated many kitchens recently, but the softer neutral slate-grey color is gaining ground. Does this spell the end for stainless steel? Not likely, at least at this point.