Just last week, I was browsing around our local super home improvement store when I stopped to look at the kitchens that were on display. It caught my eye that the counter tops were no longer granite which is what I had gotten used to seeing in every store and every ad. So I decided to ask a sales person about the current counter top trend. I could not believe that the trend for the modern kitchen was now solid surface counter tops again. What is a homeowner to do!? Styles are constantly changing.
Today�s modern kitchen is all about open wide space. The kitchen has now become a part of the family room and the living room. In some places, it is called a great room. If you have an older kitchen that is cut off from the rest of the rooms, you can remedy this by taking down a connecting wall. It gives the appearance of a much larger room and no longer cuts off the activity of the kitchen. I once owned a home that had a separation wall between the kitchen and living room. The previous owner cut out a portion of the wall creating a large window opening to the living room. This worked great since it opened up the spaces but kept the living room noise out of the kitchen.
Another trend happening today is color. Appliances are being made in different colors while kitchen walls are being painted bright and bold. Even kitchen cabinets are now available in colors for a modern look.
Flat panel televisions are finding their way onto kitchen walls today. Refrigerators are being made with LCD TV�s on the door since 2005. High tech televisions in the kitchen are definitely part of today�s trend.
Some kitchen cabinets are looking more like furniture. Decorative moldings and raised feet on cabinets are the latest choices for remodeling a kitchen.
The one sink kitchen is gone. Any kitchen that has an island is now equipped with an additional sink similar to a wet bar.
I found out when looking around that a lot of today�s trends for the modern kitchen are actually a blast from the past. The bright colors, the decorative moldings and the raised feet have all been around already. They�re just back in style again. So don�t get rid of that granite counter top. It is sure to be tomorrow�s trend.
I think next week I will check out what�s new in small appliances. I wonder if bread makers and pasta machines are on their way back.