Top 10 Trends for Kitchens in 2014
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR,) the kitchen is the most chosen home improvement project for new homeowners. The kitchen is the gathering place of the home and it's the room house guests look at the most when visiting.
Read below to find the hottest trends for kitchens in 2014. These trends are sure to stay:
- Chef's Stoves - New homeowners are looking for professional-grade range tops that offer diversified cooking such as a flat griddle or a cook top to accommodate a searing pan or a wok. No need to dine out at fancy restaurants! Double ovens were next on the respondents wish lists.
- Eco-friendly features - Eco-friendly appliances and materials are important. This not only includes energy rated appliances but also simple switches for a more "green" household, such as using cloth towels instead of paper towels and replacing plastic containers with glass.
- Granite & Quartz - Granite is still the first choice in counter tops for new homeowners, but quartz is not far behind. Quartz counter tops are resistant to stains and scratches and are easy to care for.
- Tile Backsplahes - So long granite backsplashes. Tile backsplashes are the new trend and here to stay. Tile offers a splash of color and design to the kitchen. It's the "jewelry" of the kitchen.
- Floors - For years tile floors have been at the top of the list for new homeowners in Palm Desert CA., but hardwood floors are making a big scene. Hardwood or laminate wood are hot flooring items in the desert besides tile.
- Stainless Steel - The majority of new homeowners, 65 percent, still prefer stainless steel appliances as their top choice over over other appliance finishes.
- Islands - Kitchen islands are popular but are not always a must for new homeowners. The kitchen has to be large enough to support an island otherwise it just makes a small space even less functional.
- Transitional Style - Transitional style consists of a blend of traditional style with contemporary flare. The style offers clean lines along with warmth and comfort.
- White Cabinets - White has come a long way! According to NAR, 67 percent of respondents preferred white cabinets, up from 59% in 2012. With wood floors, white cabinets provide the contrast to make the room pop.
- Gray Color Schemes - In the kitchen, grays have jumped dramatically in in use over the last 3 years as a top choice for color schemes.
What's your personal taste in the kitchen? Does your taste agree with the top 10 kitchen trends for 2014?