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Happening now: Current trends in kitchen styles

Our professional kitchen and bath designers are always researching and following changes in trends and styles for kitchen remodeling. At Sparta Trades Kitchens & Baths, you will get personalized design recommendations that consider both your personal style/desires, as well as the current trends in kitchen styles. We will help you pick elements and features that are trendy, but transition easily as styles change.

Here are some of the most current trends for kitchen remodeling, using statistics from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

1. Love white? You won’t go wrong.

White appliances are so much easier to keep clean than stainless, which smudges if you as much as look at it. Plus, the new icy look is simple, cool, and able to blend into transitional and contemporary styles. And since stainless has filtered down to the masses, it no longer has that expensive and exclusive cache it once had. But white will always have staying power.

2. Want color? Go for neutral gray.

The popularity of sleek, sophisticated gray color schemes is soaring. Seventy-one percent of NKBA designers recently said gray is the fastest growing color scheme for kitchens.  But gray can be tricky. In cold, cloudy climates, gray can appear frozen unless you use it on warm materials like wood cabinets, or pair it with hot colors likes reds and yellows. On the other hand, gray can appear pleasantly cool in sunny, hot climates — a breath of fresh air in heat and humidity. So while white kitchens are a safe bet, gray is neutral enough — and close enough to white — to have staying power if you use it well.

3. Choose quartz over granite.

Back in 2013, quartz and granite were nearly tied in countertop popularity.  Since then, the trend has continued towards quartz. “Consumers Reports” says quartz is the toughest countertop material, which best resists scratches, burns, and chips. Crushed quartz stone is mixed with resin to produce countertops that range from solid colors to the look of real granite and marble and almost everything in between, and they beat natural stone in toughness.  It’s easy to maintain, and our clients repeatedly share with us they love the fact that unlike granite, you don’t have to seal it annually to prevent stains.

4. Stick with transitional design.

More than 60% of NKBA designers say contemporary, with its sleek simplicity, is the fastest-growing kitchen style. Fussy doodads and decorative and distressed glazes are out. Contemporary looks sleek and clean, but can also come across as cold. The design encourages a non-cluttered look, which can be hard to maintain in a busy home. So it’s better to hedge your bets with transitional design, which combines contemporary and traditional to have the best parts of each.

Interested in finding out more about the possibilities for kitchen remodeling? Contact Sparta Trades Kitchens & Baths for more information on kitchen styles.