11|2021

The Pros and Cons of the Hottest Trends in Kitchen Design and Products

Imagining what a dream kitchen would look, feel and act like gives many of homeowners in Colorado goosebumps.  Planning your dream kitchen is exciting, invigorating, and thrilling.  Homeowners in the Denver Metro Area spend months researching on Houzz.com, Instagram and other sites to curate products and concepts that they want in their new kitchen.  It’s great to dream. 

Too often the latest and greatest products and design concepts only tell half the story.  Our role is to turn your dreams into reality and part of effective kitchen design is to discuss both the opportunity and challenges of different concepts and products so that homeowners across the Colorado Front Range have realistic expectations and the kitchen design meets their lifestyle needs.  Here are several of the pros and cons of trending design concepts and products.

Open Floor Plan Kitchens

Open floor plan custom kitchen remodel by Juli

Pro:  Open floor plan kitchen designs connect the kitchen to other rooms in the house, primarily living and dining rooms, creating a great room look and feel to the home.  Advantages include the ability to move through the space effortlessly, the ability to bring in natural light from other rooms, more decorating options, and space that can serve multiple purposes for working, entertaining, studying, schooling, meeting, etc.

Con:  Lack of privacy, noise, cooking odors travel to adjacent rooms, constant upkeep because even the smallest amount of clutter can make the space appear messy. Dishes in the sink or toys on the floor are easily visible from the other rooms and on Zoom calls.

Marble Countertops

White shaker kitchen cabinets with white marble countertops

Pro:  Marble is luxurious, gorgeous and timeless.

Con:  Difficult to maintain.  Acids from citrus and common cleaning products can damage marble’s finish and grease from cooking can cause permanent stains.    

Wood Countertops

small kitchen remodeling ideas wood countertop with skirt sink.

Pro:  Cost-effective, warm, durable, heat resistant and relatively easy to repair.

Con:  Easily scratched, not naturally waterproof, susceptible to rings from water and wine glasses.  Require frequent sealing.   

Shiplap Backsplash

Pro:  Great way to add character to your kitchen. Cost-effective.

Con:  Difficult to maintain, especially the gaps between the boards which can be a magnet for dust.  Can warp if not properly installed.

White Backsplash

Slab Backsplash

Pro:  Classic look.  Bright, clean aura.  White is almost always perfect.

Con:  Difficult to keep clean and pristine.  

Glass Front Cabinets

Natural wood cabinets paired with grey painted ones

Pro:  Ability to showcase collectibles, glassware, plates, etc.

Con:  Not designed for all products that you want to showcase in your kitchen such as ordinary mugs and glassware, water bottles, Tupperware, etc.

Open Shelves Pros and Cons

Blue painted cabinets with large center island pros and cons of open shelving

Pro:  Warm and inviting vibe.  Cost-effective.  Easily customizable.

Con:  Limited storage.  Difficult to maintain.  Everything you put on the shelves needs to be cleaned regularly even if not used.  

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel stove top and hood pros and cons of stainless

Pro:  Extremely sanitary.  Works with any design motif.  Durable. Easy to clean.

Con:  Fingerprint prone requiring constant cleaning.  

There are pros and cons to almost every component of a new kitchen. 

 The advantages and drawbacks depend on your lifestyle. How and how often do you plan to use your new kitchen and for what purposes, mostly entertaining, family gatherings, work from home station and your personal preferences.  If you’ve always dreamed of having open shelving in your kitchen by all means we can make that dream come true, we just want you to know all the things to look at before you make your final decision.

What do you need to know to design the kitchen of your dreams?  Give us a call and let us tell you the pros and cons of different elements you want in the kitchen of your dreams.

We have Four Colorado Locations to Serve You

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Denver
2324 S. Colorado Blvd
Denver, CO 80222
(303) 300-4400
Showrooms Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm, Sat 9 am-3 pm

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Castle Rock
1375 Caprice Drive
Castle Rock, CO 80109
(303) 688-8279
Showrooms Hours: Monday by Appointment Only, Tues-Fri 9 am-5 pm Saturday 9 am-3 pm

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Colorado Springs
4557 Austin Bluffs Pkwy
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
(719) 596-9990
Showroom Hours: Monday-Friday 9:30 am-5:30 pm Saturday 10 am-2 pm
*Appointments are encouraged, however, walk-ins are always welcome.

JM Kitchen & Bath Design – Arvada
Arvada Market Place
7390 W 52nd Ave, Suite A
Arvada, CO 80002
(720) 674-6880
Showroom Hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm
Closed on Saturdays

Call any of our locations or click here to have one of our designers contact you or to schedule a showroom consultation.