13 Once-Popular Kitchen Trends That Are on the Way Out
Your kitchen is the heart of your home, so you want it to be a comfortable and welcoming place to spend time. If you’re thinking about a kitchen remodel, the last thing you want is a design that is outdated or overdone. Here are 13 once-popular kitchen trends that are on the way out.
Tile countertopsSONIA SORBI/SHUTTERSTOCK
Tile countertops have made a comeback in recent years as they are less expensive than many other countertop materials, but they are difficult to maintain because they are prone to chips and grout stains. Instead, research the pros and cons of other countertop materials such as laminate, marble, and stainless steel. There are plenty of other countertop options to meet your needs and budget.
Metals may be in when it comes to accessories, but avoid shiny brass as it can make a kitchen look dated. Instead, replace cabinet hardware with brushed nickel, glass, or stainless steel. Another good way to update your kitchen is to install a ceiling light in a black matte finish.
Over-the-range microwaveJOSEPH CALEV/SHUTTERSTOCK
Instead of saving space in the kitchen by putting the microwave over the range, move it to a built-in cubby under the counter. You may also be able to mount it under the cabinets, just above the counter. While over-the-range microwaves have been stylish for years, the trend is on the way out in 2018.
Bold appliancesTHE MAGICAL LAB/SHUTTERSTOCK
Bold kitchen colors are on trend, but avoid choosing bright colors for appliances. You wouldn’t put a ’70s avocado green or goldenrod refrigerator in your kitchen now, so just imagine how that bold red or seafoam green appliance will look in a few years. Check out these 14 other kitchen renovation fails that will make you cringe.
Granite is still a popular choice when it comes to kitchen countertops, but there are other options that are easier to maintain, less expensive and look more modern. Depending on your style, try quartz, concrete, or even butcher block.
Hanging pot racksARTAZUM/SHUTTERSTOCK
Hanging pot racks have hung around long enough. The trend is toward clean, sleek lines and those hanging racks can make a kitchen look cluttered. Instead of hanging a large pot rack over a kitchen island, try building cabinet rollouts. You may also get inspired by these 12 creative solutions for storing pots and pans.
Too many open shelvesMONKEY BUSINESS IMAGES/SHUTTERSTOCK
Open shelving looks great when done right, but too many open shelves can look unorganized. Stick to a couple well-organized open shelves mixed in with cabinets. Check out these other cheap kitchen upgrades that make a huge difference.
Kitchen desks and workstations found their way into kitchen corners for years, but today’s kitchen designers are using the space more wisely. Try using that space for a pantry, instead. You can also use the area as a food prep area if you’re short on counter space.
Distressed cabinetsBENOIT DAOUST/SHUTTERSTOCK
While painting kitchen cabinets is worth your time, avoid using distressed finishes. Instead, look to paint cabinets with crisp, clean colors.
When updating your kitchen cabinets, think bright. Instead of dark wood finishes that have been a go-to for the last decade, try lighter wood tones. Here are 13 more design ideas to make your kitchen look expensive.
Farmhouse sinksKRISTA ABEL/SHUTTERSTOCK
They were everywhere over the last few years, but farmhouse sinks aren’t for everyone. Instead, install a large stainless-steel sink, which is more practical and works with a variety of decor styles.
Short cabinetsSEAN PAVONE/SHUTTERSTOCK
Avoid short cabinets and instead install cabinets that are tall as they help your kitchen appear larger. Shorter cabinets leave a gap between the top and the ceiling, which is often too small of a space to do anything with. If you’re looking to replace all your kitchen cabinets, try building your own.
Fluorescent box lightingVADIM RATNIKOV/SHUTTERSTOCK
If you still have a box light with fluorescent bulbs in your kitchen, it’s time for it to go. Go with pendants over your work area and layer in some task lighting over the range and accent lighting to add depth and dimension. Of course, this only updates one room in your house. Check out these 52 things that can make your entire home look more expensive.