The kitchen has come a long way. Since the Mesopotamian era, kitchens have been a massive part of human culture, and the trend continues to date. Now, it’s unthinkable to have a home without a kitchen. From studio apartments to penthouses, the kitchen remains essential.

But with time comes new fads. What was trending six months could completely be usurped. That’s why it’s essential to keep up with new kitchen trends to make sure your kitchen isn’t left in the dust. Here are a few trends to consider. 

Get a Dishwasher that’s Modern

Doing dishes is probably the least favorite chore. As lackluster as it may be, its relevance can’t be questioned. After all, you can’t eat off a dirty plate. Doing dishes doesn’t have to be a nightmare, though.

Consider upgrading to a modern dishwasher. But what do you consider when picking the best dishwasher to spruce up your kitchen? You’ll want something with a big enough place setting capacity so you can do all your dishes at once. Also, consider something that has different cycles that tailor wash your plates and cups to your liking.  

Some dishwashers come with sensors that determine how dirty your dishes are and adjust the cleaning cycle accordingly. The options seem almost limitless. Keep your kitchen looking modern with a dishwasher upgrade.

Darken Things Up

As far as kitchen trends go, darker shades are coming, and light shades are becoming a thing of the past. Matte black has caught on as a color preference. Dark shades of green, blue and plum have also gained traction as kitchen colors.

Dark colors are subtle yet fun and add character to your cooking space. By incorporating a darker shade in your kitchen, you create a sort of elegance that light colors can’t quite achieve. And if you’re not the creative type or perhaps you don’t have a color in mind, make use of a color wheel. Interior designers almost swear by them.

Quartz Your Countertops

Wooden countertops have become almost obsolete in the modern kitchen. They tend to wear down with time, and they have an environmental impact. For a modern look, consider quartz countertops.

There’s a certain air of exquisiteness that quartz portrays, not to mention the durability that quartz countertops have. Unlike wood, quartz is pretty hard to damage and much easier to clean up. Now, you can get a quartz countertop in a variety of colors to best suit the rest of your home’s décor. Plus, get a unique design that excites you rather than settle for a plain countertop.

Switch to a Ceramic Floor

A lot of modern kitchen floors are going ceramic and moving away from conventional hardwood designs. And it’s not just about aesthetics either. Hardwood floors are more susceptible to damage from spillage compared to ceramic floors. This advantage comes down to the fact that ceramics are way less porous than wood.

However, if you’re in love with that hardwood look, then there are ceramic tiles that come in exactly that design. With modern tech, you can custom make your ceramic tiles to get that specific design that’s right for you.

Think Storage

Kitchen cabinets are a must-have. Having insufficient storage is never ideal and can get frustrating, especially if you’re from your weekly shopping spree. For a functional kitchen, you need to think about how to get better storage solutions.

To maximize your cabinet space, make use of shelf risers for an extra bit of usable space. Also, think about adjusting your shelves to get rid of that wasted space to fit more stuff in there. Add a few hooks to your cabinet doors to hang a few serving spoons and measuring cups. Always make full use of available space.  

Upgrade Other Appliances

Every few months comes along with a new appliance. Sometimes it gets hard to keep up with what’s new. But after a while, your toaster could use an upgrade. Or your seven-year-old fridge could start giving up on you. Getting a few enhancements wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.

Modern appliances come with so many functions that you might end up needing a lot less than you think. There are speed ovens that combine convection cooking with additional microwave energy for shorter cooking times. Or how about modular cooktops that let you choose between gas, electric, or grill cooktop options. Experiment with whatever makes you happy.

Bridge the Gap with the Outdoors

How convenient would it be to be able to connect your backyard to your kitchen? A way to seamlessly stroll out of your cooking space to the great outdoors. Well, it’s no longer a pipe dream. You can make it happen in your home.

Connect your patio with your kitchen for a smooth transition in and out of either space. This particular feature serves the purpose of both aesthetics and functionality. Impress your guests the next time you host a backyard barbeque or cookout. Link up your outside with your kitchen’s inside for a modern look.

Ventilate Your Kitchen

Your kitchen can get pretty hot. There are times you’ll be frying, steaming, and baking all at once, and that means temperatures rise. So get a ventilation system for all those hot and steamy situations.

And when it comes to ventilation systems, a lot of modern kitchens are shifting from the older hooded systems to more modern ventless systems. Hidden hoods provide a cleaner look while still serving their purpose. Some ventilation systems come in the form of a downward ventilation design that uses a fan to suck smoke and cooking fumes down and away from the kitchen. Now that’s innovation for you.

Kitchens are pretty basic in their function in your home. Essentially, they’re the places you go when you need some sustenance. But they could do with a lot more tender love and care. So don’t make the mistake of neglecting your kitchen by letting it waste away. Try a few of these trends and keep your kitchen spruced up.

Resources – Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Sebring Design Building