How long does it take for a kitchen to become dated? While conventional wisdom (and the internet) will tell you 10-15 years, the fact is that some kitchen designs have timeless, lasting appeal while others don’t. Changes in kitchen design trends are moving far more rapidly than ever before. Not all of these trends age well, which can lead to your kitchen looking dated in less than the projected timeline.
Is your kitchen dated?
While it can be hard to look at your own living space objectively, there are three areas that are relatively easy to consider when determining if your kitchen is looking dated.
The first is color. The easy, obvious example is the avocado greens and harvest golds of the 1970’s: almost everyone can identify them as belonging to a time gone by. Remember the charcoal grays and dark jewel tones of the early 2000’s? Trends in color tend to swing between intense and muted. According to the 2024 trend reports, softer and pastel colors are currently in favor.
The second is technology. Appliances can definitely show their age over time. Additionally, performance issues crop up with repeated usage. If your fridge, range, and other kitchen appliances have developed a vintage vibe without you noticing, it might be the sign it’s time to remodel the kitchen that you’ve been looking for.
Today’s smart appliances offer homeowners the ability to save energy, water, and money in the kitchen. Great kitchen designers can help you achieve an even more sustainable kitchen through building material choices that are good for the planet and your budget.
The third is storage. The storage needs of the average family have changed significantly over time. When you see an older kitchen, there’s not always space for everything. Open shelving as storage can definitely age a space, but so can cabinetry: more important than the type of space is the quantity. Adding more storage to the kitchen is a top remodeling priority for many area homeowners.