In 2015, more than 10 million American households spent nearly $50 billion renovating their kitchens, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Organization.
Since the kitchen is the most-used room in the home, and the most popular among homebuyers, it’s money well-invested
If you plan on joining the renovators it’s time to learn about various kitchen design concepts so that you’re better able to choose the one that fits your lifestyle. You can never over-plan your new kitchen, right?
From color schemes to layouts, windows to lighting, here are some brilliant kitchen concepts from top designers.
The contemporary kitchen
If you fancy yourself on the cutting edge of technology and love new gadgets you may just be the type that will enjoy a contemporary kitchen.
Think “sleek” when choosing appliances and anything you can have built-in, by all means do so, even the coffee maker.
Speaking of appliances, a “smart” refrigerator is right up your alley
Forget about granite and even quartz for the countertops and head straight for concrete.
Look for patterned backsplashes (such as glass tile) and don’t forget under — and inside — cabinet lighting.
HGTV suggests the best places to shop for contemporary kitchen items include West Elm, Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn. They also offer a style guide for contemporary kitchens on their website.
The Mediterranean kitchen can be summed up in two words: Warm and cozy. Oh, go ahead and throw in “romantic” as well because the iconic rich colors of this style positively drip with amour.
Houzz’s Lisa Frederick suggests using “a blend of spicy red, bright yellow, terra cotta and ocean blue” as your color scheme. Then, add dark cabinets and upholstery fabrics that connotes the sun and sea.
Top it all off with ceramics anywhere you can put them, from accessories to backsplashes.
For ideas on how to create a Mediterranean kitchen in your home, visit Decoist and Houzz. The latter also offers an accessory buying guide for your Med kitchen.
The cottage kitchen
Although cottage-style design may seem more suited to a vintage home, such as a bungalow, if done right it can be quite attractive even in a newly constructed home.
As you approach the design, think homey, cozy, utilitarian and down-to-earth.
Color schemes are typically heavy on the white, but “pretty painted base cabinets in pastel blue make a room shine bright,” according to Kathy Barnes at Better Homes & Gardens.
Speaking of cabinets, you can also forget the traditional and opt for attractive, vintage-looking shelves instead. Then, throw in a farmhouse sink, hardwood floors and pendant lights.
See examples of cottage kitchens at Southern Living, This Old House and Better Homes and Gardens.