If the idea of following trends sends you for a loop, consider this: Home trends aren’t necessarily on the same cycle as wearable fashion. Clothing styles come and go with the season, but trends for the home can last considerably longer. Since you won’t be swapping your countertops, faucet and floors as often as your jeans (goodbye skinny, hello straight leg), it’s even more imperative that you choose styles with lasting power. Here are some chic choices for your kitchen that will stand the test of time (and trends) and provide you with years of enjoyment.
Nature Meets IndustryTrinsic Single-Handle Pull-Down Bar/Prep Faucet in Arctic Stainless
The warmth of wooden surfaces resonates well within natural spaces, like your outdoor kitchen. Although it might take a bit more maintenance than other surfaces, butcher block looks especially handsome when contrasted with a utilitarian bar/prep faucet in a cool finish.
Double Down with Two FaucetsAddison Single-Handle Water Efficient Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet and Addison Single-Handle Pull-Down Bar/Prep Faucet with Touch2O Technology, both in Champagne Bronze
If you’re preparing for a kitchen renovation, consider adding a second sink. In addition to making your kitchen more appealing to aspiring home chefs, an extra sink will give you more space for preparing beverages, rinsing and hand washing. It will free up your main sink for other uses, and a bar/prep faucet can be used for cold, filtered drinking water or instant hot water (if connected to a hot-water dispenser) for tea or cocoa. It’s a win–win for busy kitchens!
Undermount Kitchen SinksZalia Single-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in SpotShield Stainless
Sweeping crumbs and spills into the sink has never been easier than with an undermount sink, which is installed below the countertop. This seamless look can be used only with solid-surface countertops (e.g., composite, granite, marble), so plan ahead if you want to incorporate this super-functional style into your kitchen. Add a pop of color by installing an enameled cast iron basin, a popular and affordable material for kitchen sinks.
Coordinating Accessories with TouchCassidy Single-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet with Touch2O Technology and Integrated Traditional Touch Soap Dispenser with Touch2O.xt in Venetian Bronze
Touch faucets have transitioned from novelty to must-have items for homebuyers. They’re especially perfect for times when your hands are messy or you live with someone who forgets to turn off the water (the auto-shut off feature will kick in to stop the flow of water after four minutes of no activity). Once you select the finish that suits your taste and space, you can add a coordinating soap dispenser with touch technology to complete the look.
A Bold FinishTrinsic Single-Handle Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet in Matte Black
Stark white kitchens have been popular for several years, likely because the color is associated with cleanliness. It’s a blank slate of sorts, and you can swap out splashes of color by changing shelving, dishes, art and florals. This year, take your white kitchen to the next level of style by adding bold hardware finishes. Opt for warmer hues like copper, bronze or matte black, especially those with transitional style, which bridges the gap between decorative traditional and sleek modern styles. Feel free to mix hues with the same shine, or finishes with the same polish. The result will be a uniquely eclectic kitchen with flair.
If you’re stuck on which trends will work well, take a step back and look at the overall style of your home. If it’s a Tudor-style house, stick with rich details and finishes that complement your space and avoid going too modern. If your home is midcentury modern, traditional flourishes and ornate décor could clash with your home. Your home is your canvas; make sure your choices stay true to its location and the era of the architecture if you want to maintain a cohesive look that will feel fresh and relevant.