2014 Ten Kitchen Trends to Try

When kitchen and cooking prowess were sprinkled to us humans, I was probably in seclusion under a rock. It’s really a tragedy that I can’t cook; but I know just like everything else…all I have to do is try and practice, practice, practice. One thing I love doing though is looking for innovations on how to make a kitchen be both design-savvy and extremely functional.

While perusing the May issue of Better Homes and Gardens, I came across lots of ideas and kitchen trends to check out. While I won’t wait to have all of these in order to have an ounce of culinary skills; I think for all of you where the kitchen and dining room is the family hub, these kitchen trends are a must to check out!

1. Touchless faucet. Isn’t it just a hassle to move from one food prep to another and smear your faucet with bits of chicken meat then some parsley after? Yuck! So, with touchless faucets, you can just improve your cooking flow and get things done with less mess.

touchless faucet

Kohler Sensate Kitchen Faucet

2. Sliding Barn Door to the Pantry. Sleek and functional and sort of unexpected. It’s like the parting of the Red Sea when you open these doors to reveal canisters of flour and sugar and a wide array of seasonings.

3. Peek-Through Pantry. Isn’t it obvious yet? I get a thrill from looking at pantry items. A little peek just adds more to the excitement!
via BHG
4. Quartz Countertops. Move over granite, you are just so yesterday. The new thing in kitchen countertops is quartz. It looks like marble but not as expensive as marble. It’s also arguably the most durable option for kitchens.  Their primary ingredient is ground quartz combined with polyester resins to bind it and pigments to give it color. They are counters stain and scratch resistant and nonporous, so they never need to be sealed. Hoe’s that for convenience and style?


5. Mechanized Kitchen Drawers. Because everything should be automatic and opens and closes with just a simple nudge.
6. Eat-in Kitchens. So, this idea may not be new and most families have been doing this since time immemorial. If you’re like me, I don’t need a formal dining room. I want one that’s casual and can be a dining room, nook for paying bills and homework central for the kids. Whether you have banquette seating or a long table within the kitchen, eat-in kitchens are a must for every home.
7. USB cable receptacles. The word innovate and technology just goes hand in hand. From USB cable receptacles, to wireless printers and paperless tracking of the household’s financial planning should be within reach and available in the kitchen.
8. Apron-Front Sink. Ok, I must admit, I’m a bit partial to the farmhouse feel. But farmhouse and apron-front sinks are not just for farmhouse designs, it can also be for the modern, eclectic and traditional styles. The apron front look just gives the space a different look and since this area gets a lot of water; it just makes sense that it should be made of a material that can withstand this element.
9. Vinyl Tiling. While marble or wooden floors is my absolute dream; vinyl tiling makes a grand entrance in the world of kitchen floors. Why? Because it’s tacky look is gone. Vinyl tiling can now both look sophisticated and luxurious. And nobody can even tell what’s the real deal and what’s not.
10. Fireplace in the Kitchen. This is one of those things where what’s old is new again. A long time ago; before the birth of the oven, there was only fire housed by a canopy of bricks or stones. You can have the real deal or one of those flameless fireplaces and both are made with extensive safety features. How about make some smores or a real brick oven pizza from just across your kitchen sink?
So many great ideas…thank you Better Homes and Gardens!
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