The remodeling industry reported strong returns in 2018 as more people are taking on remodeling projects to increase home value and enhance their environment. We have found among our clientele that time is their most important asset, and they come to us knowing that we can be their one-stop shop and manage their kitchen and bath remodeling adventure from start to finish.
Top Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Trends in Denver
Renovations to help our clientele age in place are trending upward. Both Baby Boomers who are looking to stay in their homes longer and Generation X who are modifying their homes for parents who are coming to live with them is fueling demand for universal design renovations. This type of remodeling focuses on accessibility and ease of use, exemplified by curbless shower enclosures and grab bars in tubs, showers and water closet areas in bathroom remodels, first-floor bedrooms, wider doorways and handrails throughout the home.
In master bathroom remodels, many of our customers are opting for shower systems and foregoing a tub, especially if there are tubs in other bathrooms in the home. A walk-in shower delivers different relaxation benefits than soaking in a tub, and many of our customers do not have time to soak in a tub.
White and gray are the most popular colors selected by our clientele for kitchens and baths. These colors offer clean, timeless looks. Other trends in the kitchen include quartz countertops and luxury vinyl floor coverings that are extremely durable and come in an almost unlimited pallet of looks and textures.
A recent analysis of kitchen trends by one of the largest manufacturers of kitchen cabinets in North America offers some interesting insights to help you plan your kitchen remodel.
2018 Kitchen Remodeling Trends
59% of kitchen renovations involve changing the kitchen’s footprint to be more open and to include other rooms in the home.
49% of kitchen remodels increase the kitchen size.
Islands continue to be among the most requested feature. The most popular uses of islands are as follows: entertaining, seating and meal preparation
The hottest kitchen technology trends include:
- Designated charging stations in the kitchen
- Integrated cabinet lighting
- Smart appliances
- Voice-activated controls
- Automated cabinet opening
- Smartphone wireless controls
The top design motifs for 2018 are:
Mixing materials is another hot trend with 49% of designers stating that they believe mixing an opaque with a stain is a top 2018 trend. A play on that is a contemporary look that mixes metals with traditional accent pieces. Cherry and maple continue to dominate stained cabinet sales, but there is a growing trend for wood finishes that show more grain and character.
Trends on the watch list include:
- Metal accents
- Contrasting finishes
- Dramatic textures
- Light filled spaces
- Feminine influences
Greige tones – Gray and beige combined, This is a warm grey color that looks like yesterday’s oatmeal. It’s become wildly popular. If it’s darker then the color is bray, brown and gray.
The leading cabinet enhancements are:
- Wide/deeper drawers with organizers
- Floating/open shelves
- Built-in appliances
- Integrated cabinet lighting
- Built-in seating
Sink Areas Finally Getting the Recognition They Deserve
2018 has produced some very pleasant new kitchen trends. One is sinks that serve multiple purposes and functions. Clients, especially those who like to entertain, are drawn toward trough sinks that can be used to chill wine or shellfish, grow herbs and function as a regular sink. Our clients appreciate the wow factor a trough sink has in their new kitchen, especially when the sinks are equipped with LED lights that change color.
The kitchen sink can be a design statement yet, too often, it is an afterthought. Sink sizes, shapes, and available materials influence the overall look and feel of a new kitchen. Functionality is another consideration from the noise that results from running water or placing pots, pans, and plates in the sink, to the ease of use. There are sinks today that function as complete workstations, providing another area in the kitchen for meal preparation, chopping, washing, serving and entertaining. And many of our customers, when asked if they want more than one sink in their new kitchen, respond with a resounding yes.
The kitchen faucet is the showpiece of the kitchen area and happens to be the most used appliance in the home. Manufacturers are making smart faucets that can be activated by apps, a wave of the hand or a tap of an elbow. Smart touch faucets are greatly appreciated by home cooks, especially bakers. Similar to a gorgeous outfit, accessories can make the sink area and kitchen more functional and beautiful. Instant hot and cold water, soap dispensers, air gaps, colanders, strainers, chopping boards, dish racks, drying mats and protective grates are among the numerous accessories to enhance the functionality, look and performance of a kitchen.
Lighting sets the mood for any space and it certainly has come a long way in the kitchen. One of the hottest trends is integrated LED lighting in, above and below cabinets and drawers. Perched above cabinets, as well as hidden inside and under them, integrated kitchen lighting adds atmosphere, functionality, and style to a kitchen. They’re a brilliant way to complete the look of your kitchen and get a better look at what you’re making for dinner.
Under cabinet lighting makes tasks easier and safer by delivering directed light to a specific area. Under cabinet lighting can provide task lighting for countertop food preparation and accent lighting to highlight countertops and backsplashes. Under cabinet lighting also helps to eliminate shadows making it easier to prepare meals. Additionally, under cabinet lighting helps to create unique looks by adding another layer of light and it’s extremely affordable.
Integrated cabinet lighting can showpiece dinnerware, collectibles and objects d’art. Integrated cabinet and drawer lighting also makes organizing and finding what you are looking for much easier not to mention the wow factor that is achieved every time you open a drawer or door the interior of the space is illuminated.
Open shelving provides numerous options. It’s functional, providing storage and organization to a kitchen. It contributes to the look and feel of the room, allowing our clients to express their personality by showcasing works of art, pottery, collectibles, cookware, chinaware, glasses, plants, flowers, herbs, and objects d’art.
Living walls create an art piece from sustainable vertical gardens indoors and outside as well. In the kitchen, you can install living walls that do not require watering, natural light, fertilizer or pruning. In addition to being exceptionally cool and visually stunning, vertical gardens help absorb sound, preventing conversations and acoustics from the kitchen from traveling to other rooms in the home.
To learn how you can capitalize on new technologies, storage solutions and the latest industry trends to help create a dream kitchen, please schedule a consultation here, drop by one of our showrooms or give us a call.