Tips for a New Kitchen

From Trends to New Classics

I love to find new trends while I attend markets, but I always look closely to make sure my new discoveries have the staying power my clients need.  I have dubbed these trends “New Classics”. Over the years I have found several standout New Classics that remain some of my favorites. The kitchen is a great place to begin our discussion of how to use New Classics in your design plans.

Without a doubt, the kitchen is the heart of our homes.  Kitchens are the center of our social and family life, so they should be comfortable, practical, and of course, beautiful.  Whether you are remodeling or creating a brand-new kitchen for your home, consider these kitchen trends that also have design staying power.  Stick with these “New Classics”, and your kitchen will be loved for a very long time.

Cambria Quartz Countertops for Base Cabinets

Cambria Quartz countertops are one of my go-to New Classics.  These countertops are engineered from crushed quartz that is mixed with pigment for coloration and resin as a binder. It has a nice pattern consistency and durability to last for years to come.  Sometimes I will choose granite for a more natural color variety, which is especially nice for kitchen islands. But, because granite is a natural stone, it is subject to cracks that must be sealed and resealed on a regular basis. Cambria Quartz countertops provide beauty and durability without the added upkeep of resealing. 

Good Quality Tile Flooring

A good quality tile is especially important for kitchen floors. Porcelain tile is my first choice to create a durable kitchen floor. This tile comes in a variety of colors, shapes, and styles that provide you with an opportunity to personalize your kitchen. Using a tile that looks like wood is a way of bringing the warm look of hardwood into your kitchen without the potential for damage to a wood floor from water spills and the moving of chairs.

Choosing Kitchen Cabinets

Choosing a cabinet style can be overwhelming. Your first step is to do some research to get to know what is available to you.  When considering cabinet options, remember that open shelving is a New Classic that will serve you well. Also, when selecting cabinets, make sure you have soft-close hinges added to both doors and drawers.

Cabinet hardware, also known as jewelry, provides a flexible and creative option. This is another area you can make a bold statement, and it is easy to change out if you want to create a new look down the road.

Sinks and More Sinks

An oversize galley workstation kitchen sink is perfect for large kitchens and gives a small kitchen loads of prep area.  The tiers slide back and forth allowing you a super functional, smart and stylish workstation where you can prep, serve, entertain and clean-up all in one convenient place.  This workstation allows you to have two faucets, drains on each end with garbage disposals, cutting boards, colander, bowl for washing dishes or icing down drinks, and drying racks. 

Other accessories that can be added are garnish boards, utensil caddy, serve set, and it will hold half sheet pans.  This has unbelievable function. They come in various sizes ranging from 15”-almost 7 feet. This is definitely a trend that has the design staying power of a New Classic.

Backsplashes

Oh my, where do I begin? There are so many beautiful tiles and designs, it makes it hard to choose.  One rule of thumb is to select a backsplash with the countertop in mind. You can get a “busy” kitchen if you are not careful with designs and patterns. I always pick these two together for a harmonious finish.  

Kitchen Lighting 

Choosing lighting for the kitchen is very important.  You will want plenty, but you don’t want it to look like an airport runway either. Careful thought and placement is key. Always consider under counter lighting, can-lighting strategically sprinkled over head, and beautiful pendant lighting to set the mood.

One of my favorite kitchen tips is to add task lighting under the cabinets on an angle for easy plug in and convenient light switches therefore, eliminating those ugly plugs that clutter up your backsplash.

Pot Filler Faucet

Practical and stylish, this faucet is placed over the stove for

convenient filling large cooking pots.  It has a dual-jointed swing spout that folds neatly against the wall when not in use. Pot fillers come in a variety finishes and designs. 

Even though there so many other products available for the kitchen, I wanted to share a few of my personal tips to help you with your kitchen build or remodel. Adding some of these New Classics will help you create a kitchen you will enjoy for many years to come.

Are you interested in digging deeper into New Classic kitchen design?  Stay tuned to my blog for in-depth articles that explore the tips I have shared!

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Happy Decorating,

Lori

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