Thinking Kitchen Remodel? Avoid These 8 Trends

Thinking Kitchen Remodel? Avoid These 8 Trends

After photos of the Perrota Kitchen. As seen on HGTV's Kitchen Cousins.

When doing a kitchen remodel, it is easy to get caught up in all the major and common trends and forget what your own needs and preferences are. While there are trends that have stayed classic for decades, there are trends that come and go in the blink of an eye as well. Investing your hard-earned money in these kinds of trends can cause you much regret years (or even months) down the line, when you see these trends get outdated. These kind of trends can also cause a significant decline in the value of your home, if you should choose to sell it down the line, because the trends will be outdated and seem unappealing to prospective buyers. Getting it updated then would be another huge investment on your part. So it is important to be aware of these trends and stay away from them when you are doing your kitchen remodeling. Here are 8 trends to avoid!

  1. Smaller backsplashes: The trend of having 4-inch backsplashes has given way to having backsplashes that stretch up to the bottom space of the upper cabinets. This makes sense because there will be more coverage of the wall area, protecting it from oil splashes and other food spillages.
  2. Microwaves on the counter or in the upper cabinets: This trend has made way to having microwaves installed in lower cabinets, which make it accessible to the children in the family too.
  3. Hanging pot racks: In the open kitchen, hanging pot racks are a bad idea because they detract from the clean lines of the kitchen. The trend nowadays is to store these large pots in deep roll-out drawers. These are more accessible to anyone in the family, irrespective of height!
  4. Colorful hardware and appliances: This trend has given way to stainless steel, which remains classic, never goes out of style, and complements any kind of kitchen style, whether it is traditional or contemporary.
  5. Farmhouse sinks: These vintage style sinks are best avoided in favor of the more classic stainless steel sinks, which are only low on maintenance but also last much longer than any other kind of material out there.
  6. Trash compactors: These are difficult to clean, can get damaged easily, and as they fill up can fill the kitchen too with a terrible smell, which can be very uncomfortable. These have given way to more simple trash cans that are not high-tech but are easier to clean and more durable as well.
  7. Kitchen nooks: These nooks were designed in earlier days for phones and dispensers (foil, tissue, etc.). Kitchen desks are also giving way to just drawers for storing keys, pens, notepads, etc., as well as charging stations for phones, tablets, and other electronics.
  8. Appliance garages: Earlier, appliances were hidden away in special places that could not be seen. Today, the trend is to have appliances stored where they are most visible, either on the kitchen counter itself or in deep, pull-out drawers where they are also easily accessible.
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