Good kitchen design is timeless, but fashion trends do come and go. One area of concern has always been the finishes on appliances. For a number of years now, stainless steel has been a top choice for refrigerators, dishwashers, stoves and more. But now that we’re well into another decade of kitchen design, things are starting to change.
As Needham kitchen remodeling designers, it’s always been important to us that our clients wind up with kitchens that are easy for them to use and enjoy. In real life, that means choosing finishes that are durable, easy to clean, and require little to no maintenance.
Perhaps you have some stainless steel in your kitchen now. That means you’re most likely familiar with the way it shows every single fingerprint. Part of the reason stainless steel became so popular in the kitchen design space is that it evokes the professional restaurant kitchen. If you’ve ever been in a professional restaurant kitchen, you know that they’re always cleaning. If you love cleaning the kitchen, that’s great news. If you don’t, you’ll love the new kitchen design trend industry pros are calling “M & M” – minimalist and monochrome.
What does monochrome mean? It means designing the kitchen with one color, and using that hue for everything, including cabinetry and appliances. This means if you have sleek white kitchen cabinets, choosing a white finish for your appliances puts you perfectly on trend.
Another kitchen design trend that is on its way out? The cluttered countertop. To be on trend for 2022 and beyond, work with your Needham kitchen designer to ensure that all of your small appliances, dishes, and other gear has a designated storage area. Minimizing visual noise in the kitchen helps result in a peaceful, welcoming space. If creating sufficient storage space within the kitchen isn’t an option, talk to your designer about adding a pantry or butler’s kitchen.