We scoured the aisles at this year’s show to find the three biggest kitchen design movements happening now.
Everything old is new again, but with a fresh twist. Instead of the shabby chic styles that have dominated for years, the kitchens of 2015 are more warehouse than farmhouse. “Driven by the urban loft movement, where people are moving into warehouses, gutting them and turning them into lofts, we’re seeing a new love for exposed beams, original woods and the like,” says Judd Lord, the director of industrial design for Delta Faucet. “Hints of steampunk culture are a big influence, too.”
Say goodbye to granite. The “it” countertops of today are stainless, concrete and butcher block, as more people model their kitchens after professional-grade setups. Plus, it helps that these materials are versatile enough to work with a plethora of different design styles.
When it comes to of-the-moment cabinet styles, there are two schools of thought. The first champions floor-to-ceiling, statement cabinets, meaning plenty of out-of-sight storage. The second skips the doors and lets it all hang out. This open shelving concept means you can show off those artfully displayed dishes. And while wood still reigns supreme, designers are mixing their materials up a bit with composites in a variety of tones and textures.