Kitchen Design Partners, Inc. is so excited about design trends this spring! We’ve spotted the latest new trends that will turn your kitchen or bath remodel into an inspired dream design.

Today’s kitchens are the hub of the home
The kitchen’s role in the home has been increasing for years. No longer a small, closed-off space in the back of the home, today’s kitchens are generally large, open to surrounding rooms and beautifully decorated. Today’s kitchens are multi-functional, used for cooking, entertaining and gathering at the end of a busy day.

The style and color palette of the kitchen now often determines the style for the whole first floor or even the entire home. Homeowners desire cabinetry with many decorative details, appliances with cabinet panels, furniture pieces, kitchen islands, decorative and task lighting, and technology to assist with their lives. The kitchen below is the perfect example. We opened up doorways and moved walls and appliances, to create this exquisite kitchen that is truly the hub of this home!


Photo by Kitchen Design Partners, Inc.

Two-tone kitchens create style
Two cabinet finishes, two countertop finishes, or both, continue to be popular. White cabinetry on the kitchen’s perimeter with dark “coffee” stained islands, known as “high contrast,” is very popular. We also see an emerging trend of “subtle contrast,” featuring light perimeter cabinets with medium-toned finishes on islands or furniture-piece cabinetry. This look creates a calming, serene feeling that many busy homeowners desire.


Photo by Kitchen Design Partners, Inc.


Photo by Kitchen Design Partners, Inc.

We see the same softer contrast trend in countertop materials. Granite has been the #1 choice in high-end countertops for years. Quartz countertops’ popularity has been increasing and is now a close 2nd to granite. People choose Quartz countertops because of the quieter patterns, the white color options, and Quartz is actually stronger and more durable than granite. Quartz’s non-porous nature means it never needs to be sealed! The kitchen below used two types of Cambria Quartz; Torquay on the perimeter and Praa Sands on the island.

Photo by Kitchen Design Partners, Inc.

Gray is the new neutral
Gorgeous shades of gray! This stylish new neutral is a charming, sophisticated, and oh-so-versatile new trend in kitchen design. Gray can be dark and dramatic, crisp and light, barely-there, or even weathered and natural. Best of all, it looks fabulous with absolutely every other color and has endless depth when seen in textures or patterns. Gray is a sensational new trend for cabinets, backsplash tile, countertops, wall color and even accessories.


Photo by Durasupreme

Bringing the outdoors in
Another very popular trend brings elements of the outdoors inside through the use of natural, organic elements like textured, weathered and antiqued wood products. Textures add interest while remaining neutral. Cabinets with deep grains and weathered finishes are a great way to achieve rich texture in your kitchen or bath.

Since the demand for reclaimed, aged wood has skyrocketed, new technologies in tile production are also offering affordable tile materials like porcelain with the look of aged, weathered, and reclaimed woods by using digital imaging and ink-jet printing. Now you can have the look of hundred-year-old wood in a smooth, safe tile that won’t snag your socks or expose your family to old lead paints!

Above are two new products that reflect these trends! Cambria announces their newest design, Galloway (left); Crossville offers beautiful wood grain porcelain tiles like this “Wood Impressions, Barnwood Gray” (right)

Whether you are considering remodelling your kitchen or bath, or looking to purchase a new home, these design trends are influencing homeowners and potential buyers. We hope you have enjoyed reading about the design trends we see and invite you to look around our website and HOUZZ profile if you’d like to see more examples of our work.