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Ask a Designer: Design Trends


What are some popular design trends?

Gladys: The furniture style has been around for a few years now. Everybody wants that island that looks like it's just been bought from an antique store, like I mentioned. They want it kind of free standing, maybe with legs, butcher block.

Then mixing the colors is very popular, whether it's just the cabinetry, the granite carrying some of that in with the backsplash. Also, space is … Negative space is being given importance. Meaning that wall cabinets aren't always filled out to the max. Wherever there's space nowadays, we're not just shoving cabinetry in there. We're thinking more of how will this look. Is this a focal point? Are they going to want some shelves versus wall cabinets or nothing at all?

There's some kitchens now that have an eight foot run of just a huge hood piece and that's it. They have base cabinets and large islands. You can't always do that. What restricts you is the amount of space you have and are people willing to give up the storage to be able to have that look.

Christine:White kitchens are a larger trend for a contemporary or a traditional look. I think it's a good timeless design look, because over time you can add, change colors, change countertops without. It's always good for resale because someone coming in can readapt the space for themselves.

Trend-wise, I think it depends on the location of the home. A lot of the city homes, we're seeing a little bit more of an urban design. If you're in the city, a lot of people have maybe a very vintage condo, but they want to put in a modern, real clean-lined design. I would say it's more of a transitional woods, warm woods, to keep it warm feeling but then bringing in very contrasting stones.

In our more traditional homes, again, white inset-type cabinets to kind of bring in their real old world style look. Then again, adding in professional grade appliances, stainless steel, to kind of give it a more transitional look as well.