green white and taupe colored glass and porcelain subway tile or backsplash against black background arranged in rows

Glass backsplashes are the newest trend.

Current kitchen design trends

Do you dread going home to plan making a meal for you and your family?
Does your kitchen feel outdated, dysfunctional and unwelcoming?
Are you ordering take-out food rather then creating delicious food in a well- designed, user-friendly kitchen?

Perhaps 2015 will be the year for the kitchen upgrade you’ve been dreaming about for years. Ideal Kitchen & Bath offers these concepts for a modernized contemporary kitchen space:

  • Cabinets go darker. Dark finishes for kitchen cabinetry are gaining in popularity. The use of dark finishes was reported by 58 percent of kitchen designers in the most recent study, quite a surge from two years ago, when dark finishes were used by only 43 percent of designers. The 2012 Design Trends Study found that oak, walnut and birch kitchen cabinets are increasingly popular, and polished chrome fixtures are making a comeback.
  • Glass backsplashes. Most designers rely on inexpensive ceramic (74 percent) or stone (60 percent) tile for kitchen backsplashes, but glass tile is an increasingly popular option. Use of glass backsplashes was reported by 52 percent of designers in the latest study, compared to 41 percent of designers a year ago.
  • Pull-out faucets are all the rage. More and more designers are ditching faucets with a separate side-spray in favor of an integrated unit. The use of pullout faucets increased from 91 to 93 percent in the most recent survey.
  • Solid surface countertops shine. Over the past two years, the use of man-made solid surface countertops (such as Corian) has jumped from 11 to 30 percent. Natural stone countertops (such as granite or quartz) are still more popular than their solid surface counterparts, but their dominance of the market has decreased slightly over the past two years.

The New Home in 2015″ report asked designers, home builders and other kitchen experts to rate the likelihood that certain characteristics would be included in the typical 2015 home. The biggest change predicted by respondents? The kitchen space as we know it will disappear. As open living spaces surge in popularity, many designers forecast that the 2015 kitchen will fuse with the living room, family room and dining room to become one open “great room.”

The 2012 National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design Trends Study, and “The New Home in 2015″ published by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Is it Time to Remodel Your Kitchen?

Create a Kitchen Workspace that works for you.

Create a Kitchen Workspace that works for you.

Home is welcoming, friendly and safe – it’s your sanctuary.
Or it ought to be. The kitchen in your home is where you are nurtured, contented and creative. The kitchen is the heart of your home and most likely, where you and your family spend a great deal of time.

But, times change and not only do designs go out of style, they also can become less than optimally functional and this is when you start thinking of creating a new kitchen space. Many homeowners think their kitchen is outdated from the looks of their worn cabinets, dated appliances and crackled countertop. What they may not realize is that there are many other reasons, more important than cosmetic, why a kitchen needs to be remodeled.

Here are some thoughts to keep in mind when deciding to undertake a remodel project:

• Adequate space: Are you satisfied with the amount of counter space, cabinet space and floor space in your kitchen?  The position of your refrigerator or shape of your counter may be taking away useful workspace.

• Traffic flow: If there’s more than one cook in your household, you may want to consider making more room around the main workspace. If you enjoy entertaining, you may want an open plan kitchen that allows for more social interaction between the kitchen and other rooms.

• Children: Depending on whether or not you have children, and their ages, your kitchen may need to be remodeled. Dated appliances and the design of your kitchen can be hazardous for young kids. If you are in the process of extending your family, you may want more room for cooking larger meals and lower cabinets for easier access to children’s food.

• Efficiency: If your appliances are dated, they may be costing you more money than you expect. New technological advances with dishwashers, disposals and refrigerators could save you a considerable amount of money and may be well worth the investment..

• Universal Design: Is your kitchen accessible to individuals with disabilities? Will you be able to use your kitchen safely as you get older? Considering these issues is vital in a kitchen remodel.

• Location: Thinking about adding a deck to the side or back of your house? Incorporating a door into the layout of your kitchen would be a great convenience for outdoor entertaining. You also may want to rearrange the position of windows to allow more or less sunlight or to watch your children play in the yard.

Before you remodel your kitchen, make a checklist of major and minor problems and keep notes of the features you dislike and like the most so that we can together, create your IDEAL kitchen space.

Site:  National Kitchen & Bath website http://www.nkba.org/Learn/Homeowners/Tips/Remodeling/IsItTimeToRemodel.aspx