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Once buried in the back of the house where meals were prepared and messes contained, the kitchen has evolved into the epicentre of the home. Cooking is a communal event and loading the dishwasher is part of the party.
New home buyers often choose their floor plan based on how much they love the kitchen layout and direct their budgets on upgrades to the space.
Interior designer and show home decorator Rachel Amsterdam, with Calgary builder Homes by Avi, says she likes to stray from the traditional ideas of what we think needs to be in a kitchen.
“I love creating spaces that are functional but have visually interesting elements that are unexpected and memorable.”
She shares her research and personal insight into the latest trends in kitchen design.
Kitchen islands have been stretched to their limit, so why not have two? Amsterdam says double islands are about to make a debut.
“We’re seeing that trend. We’re also seeing islands that look like a piece of furniture with legs,” she says.
More buyers want garbage and recycling organization in their islands, too. She believes islands will continue to be square or rectangular.
“It’s more functional than a curved island and saves space.”
People still lean on quartz countertops. Quartz is king, Amsterdam says, but glossy white quartz is about to be dethroned with darker countertops beginning to emerge along with darker cabinets.
“Organics are also coming back, so natural or textured stone are choices for countertops and on back splashes. We’re seeing red brick on the walls or stacked stone,” she says.
High gloss may soon be gauche, as matte finishes on countertops, cabinets and even hardware are now coming into vogue.
Reality TV might be responsible for the ultra-organized, exquisitely dressed pantry in 2020.
“There’s a trend to making your pantry more of a statement,” she says, using a fun tiled floor in a pantry as one example.
A wall-papered or colourful statement wall and ceiling, an interesting light fixture and a glass door so people can see a prettier pantry are must-haves.
“You can’t just use your pantry to store cereal boxes and dog food. You can’t hide all your things in there anymore. The Kardashians started this trend of having everything very organized and esthetic looking. We’re dressing it up in our future homes.”
Integrated fridges and dishwashers have long been the hallmark of a higher-end kitchen but as the trend becomes more popular, this seamless style will become mainstream.
“We’re even seeing integrated cabinets, where you open up one big door and there are drawers behind it,” Amsterdam says.
White, black, stainless steel, black stainless and a rumoured white stainless option — which she has yet to see — are the popular options, but brightly-coloured appliances are in our future.
“I’ve seen matte blue and forest green ranges. Dolce and Gabbana came out with a Moroccan line — very bright and very bold. I think we’ll see appliance companies present more options in the next five years,” she says.
Open shelving is big right now, a trend not for the faint of heart or clutter bug.
“I don’t know how functional that is for the regular person because things have to look perfect all the time, but open shelving is something we’re seeing a lot of. Especially open plate racks,” she says.
In addition to the aforementioned garbage and recycling cupboards, pot drawers are a must-have in most kitchens.
“Those make life easier for a lot of people.”
Stain and scratch resistant luxury vinyl plank is now more popular than hardwood and should extend throughout the main floor into the kitchen because “tile is out.” Terrazzo, however, is in, a composite material made of stone, marble, glass or quartz chips.
Plaster might stick around beginning this year. Plaster hood fans and textured fireplace fronts made of plaster are trending.
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