Kitchen trends mix up styles

  • Though many people wrory that dark cabinets will make a kitchen feel drab, designer Gilmer says a "happy" result comes from dark and light in combination. MUST CREDIT: Bob Narod.

  • Cabinets in different colors, seen here as white and stained woods, are a growing style trend for kitchen design. Cambria via Washington Post

  • Urban Cultivator has developed residential and commercial greenhouses, about the size of a bar fridge, that grow food inside the kitchen. Courtesy of Urban Cultivator

  • Urban Cultivator has developed residential and commercial greenhouses that grow food inside the kitchen. Nicolas McComber—Courtesy of Urban Cultivator

  • Urban Cultivator has developed residential and commercial greenhouses that grow food inside the kitchen. —Courtesy of Urban Cultivator

For LiveWell
Thursday, March 02, 2017

One of the growing trends in kitchen design is a mixing of styles.

At Kitchen Bath Industry Show held in January, designs mixed cabinet styles such as contemporary with rustic, as well as the finishes on kitchen cabinets, with painted lower cabinets and stained uppers.

Mixed metals, especially copper and matte gold, were everywhere, from countertops to hardware to plumbing fixtures. One of the most popular new products was a technique to coat wooden countertops in a finish of real metal particles to add a gold, copper, silver or gunmetal gray finish to wood. The result was amazing and so different – everyone was talking about it.

Other kitchen trends seen at KBIS included beautiful new quartz patterns from Silestone, Caesarstone, Cambria and LG, including lots of marble-look options, and solid surfaces by Dekton with varying colors that give the appearance of corroded metals that can be used on countertops and surfaces both indoors and outdoors.

Keep an eye out for galvanized metal in interior feature walls and even backsplashes. Sliding barn-style interior doors remain very popular and are being used on kitchen cabinets and islands, too.

Following the trend of seeing more commercial and restaurant kitchen ideas being introduced into home kitchens, there is a temperature-controlled greenhouse that looks something like a bar refrigerator to grow fresh herbs and vegetables right in your house.

For the tech-lovers, there are refrigerators that tell you when your milk is about to go bad, when you should rotate food on the shelves for maximum freshness and can even create a shopping list for you. Talk about a smart fridge!

(Patti Phelps is the owner of All in the Details, an interior design firm in Bow and New Hampton. For more information, visit allinthedetailsdesign.com.)