What's Hot Now: 7 New Trends for Today's Kitchen

What's Hot Now: 7 New Trends for Today's Kitchen

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Nancy Mitchell
Aug 25, 2016

A few years ago I wrote about five new trends for the kitchen, and now I'm back with another deep dive into the best new looks for today's kitchens. My last roundup included a lot of marble countertops, white cabinets, subway tile... lots of white. These things haven't completely fallen from favor — but I'm seeing a movement towards more color, more texture, and more diversity of styles in the kitchen. Here are seven new trends that are defining today's kitchen:

The return of color.

It's not quite 50s Barbie pink — but color is making a comeback in the kitchen in a big way.

1. A medley of blues from My Scandinavian Home.
2. The colorful kitchen of Orla Kiely.
3. Subdued but quite lovely colors in a kitchen spotted on Colorfutures.
4. Shades of green in a kitchen from Country Style AU.
5. A striking green and black kitchen, photographed by Jonas Ingertedt for Elle Decoration.

The rustic/industrial look.

Rustic accents provide the perfect finishing touch to sleek, modern spaces.

1. Wood and stainless steel mingle in a kitchen from Bolig.
2. A sleek space from Skandia Maklarna, with rustic touches.
3. An industrial-style kitchen from Trendland.
4. An antique island is the perfect complement to sleek modern cabinetry in this kitchen from Svenngaarden.
5. Shelving created from copper pipes gives Scott & Kristan's kitchen a unique look.

Colorful, patterned tile.

Colorfully patterned encaustic tile is making a big splash in the kitchen — another way to bring in a little color.

1. The cement tile floor is the centerpiece of this kitchen from Smitten Studio.
2. Patterned tiles add a little color to a space from House Beautiful.
3. Colorful tiles cover the side of an island spotted on De Dujes.
4. A lovely tile floor spotted on Planete Deco.
5. In this kitchen from HomeLife, a colorful tile backsplash steals the show.

The open kitchen.

In my last kitchen trends post I noted a move towards open shelving, and now I'm starting to see more and more kitchens with little to no storage above waist height at all. This means more room for windows, a lighter, more open kitchen — and also the rise of the range hood, suddenly a prominent feature.

1. In this kitchen from Bo Bedre, upper storage is at a minimum.
2. No upper cabinets means plenty of wall space for windows in this kitchen from The Design Chaser.
3. A kitchen from Michael Bechara with minimal shelving and an especially lovely range hood.
4. A minimal kitchen from Entrance.
5. A kitchen from Hus & Hem (via Riazzoli) makes do with a single shelf.

Mixed materials.

Having trouble picking just one countertop choice? Can't decide what color you want for your cabinets? Well, why not both? A mix of materials adds texture and interest.

1. A contrasting brick and tile backsplash in Halle & Jeff's East Village Apartment.
2. Wooden lower cabinets are the perfect complement to sleek white uppers in a kitchen from Desire to Inspire.
3. The medley of materials in this kitchen from Desire to Inspire comes together beautifully.
4. Mismatched cabinets in a kitchen from Pelle.
5. Mixed cabinet and countertop materials in a kitchen from Lauren Liess.

Modern luxe.

Marble and gold add a touch of glam to uber-modern kitchens.

1. A modern kitchen from Dustjacket Attic.
2. Lovely detailing in a kitchen from Ollie & Seb's Haus.
3. Brass and marble are a perfect pair in this kitchen from Lovely Life.
4. Gold accents (and a gold backsplash!) in a kitchen from Lonny.
5. Marble adds style to a simple kitchen from Tribe Studio.

Texture.

Whether it's wood, tile, or even exposed brick, texture is hugely popular for today's kitchen.

1. Interesting textures abound in this kitchen from Nicole Franzen. 2. Exposed brick walls and a weathered island add rustic appeal to Julia's Atlanta kitchen.
3. Concrete countertops add texture to a kitchen from Daniella Witte.
4. Glazed terra cotta tile provides a nice contrast to modern cabinets in a kitchen from Grando.
5. A lovely Hawaiian kitchen from Domaine Home.

Re-edited from a post originally published 8.27.15-nt

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