What’s Hot in Kitchens


When making the investment to update your kitchen, the key is to focus on two things: what you will enjoy most and what will appeal to future homebuyers. Here are some 2014 kitchen trends to take into consideration before you start your kitchen makeover.

Rather than adding square footage to a closed-in kitchen space, homeowners are redesigning their layouts to provide a free-flowing, open concept. The kitchen is the main entertaining area of the home. Opening it up to another room works better visually and also provides more functional space, while adding to resale value. 

Drum pendants are stylish fixtures that are becoming more common in kitchen overhauls, particularly those with a contemporary look. Install drum light fixtures in your dining room or over your kitchen island to make a simple yet refined statement.

 Updated countertops are essential to creating a fresh look in the kitchen. Although granite is still a top pick for use in countertops, its use is slowly fading away and being replaced by quartz. Quartz is a great option for an upscale look. It’s durable, resists staining, requires less maintenance and is more forgiving than granite. 

 Dark espresso cabinets are gaining favor, as are upper cabinets with frosted-glass doors. For visual variety, mix up the cabinets and install two to four upper cabinets in random placements with frosted-glass doors. 

 Glass subway tiles are a popular trend for backsplashes. When installing dark tiles, use a lighter grout to help them stand out. 

 Upgrading hardware is an easy, cost-effective way to personalize your space. It’s also an easy fix for future homeowners who may have different tastes. 

Michelle Sanchez
Renovation Realty

Categories: Home Design