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13 New Kitchen Trends And My feelings About Them

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The kitchen is the heart of the home and that heart just might have an attack this year if the trend gods were designing it. It’s pretty darn exciting, if ‘exciting’ is what you are into. Here are some of my favorite kitchen trends (both new and resurrected) and how I feel about them, including how long I think they’ll last.

Black: Homeowners have been terrified of this color for quite some time (including me) and it is very seldom that a client will let you go in and paint their entire kitchen black, but just as black works with everything in the closet, black can also work for our home. The updated black this year is slightly charcoal and also mixes in a lot of natural elements and whites into the space to keep it from feeling too dark, gothic, and moody. (sources: 1, 2, 3)

Longevity: Make sure you can handle it and that your kitchen is bright enough before you go black. I think for resale you are taking a risk, for sure, but I also think that black is a color that doesn’t go out of style, especially in cities. Make sure it’s big and make sure it does’t go too ‘bachelor pad’ with the rest of the furniture and accessories. If you are worried consider doing it just on your bottoms (cabinets, that is). Or hey, just paint an accent wall. In other words I think that this has 5+ years of longevity.

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Organic Woven Basket Pendants: Organic and woven pendants are everywhere, especially over an island. They are not new to the game, but they are getting some updated lines, shapes, and tones which help to break up the all the hard surfaces that tend to be in the kitchen. Generally they are very affordable, which makes it an easy trend to jump on board with. I love this trend and am all about it. We even did our own DIY version a while back which I still love.

Longevity: I give this one quite a bit of longevity as the basket trend continues to stay strong year after year and organic materials are always a winner in design. When have baskets ever been out of style? If they are organic/handmade/one of a kind baskets I’d say they have 30+ years. For mass produced baskets think more around 15 – 20 years. (sources: 1, 2, 3)

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Cement Tiles: If you live on Pinterest you are no stranger to cement tiles right now. I’ve used them myself in some projects and love them. I’d warn you to make sure that the style of the house works with the style of the pattern so you aren’t dating yourself in 15 years. There are so many patterns out there now that work with almost every style, but my rule is to keep the tile reminiscent of the style of the house that it is in as that will give the tile style and design more longevity. (sources: 1, 2, 3)

Longevity: The bolder and more colorful (or on-trend) the less years you have to be hot. I think this trend has legs, but it will continue to become more and more ‘normal’ every day, so be careful. At the same time these age so well that they can look original and new to the house really fast (in a good way). The more hand-painted the longer they’ll feel beautiful. But no matter what, they add serious personality to a kitchen.

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Glass Front Cabinetry: Certainly not a strictly 2016 trend, but its one that you should certainly think about to help you make your kitchen feel bigger – plus it helps break up the uppers from the lowers. Warning – that means you have to own pretty things, then put them up there and keep them looking all magazine -perfect.

Longevity: I give this one 30+ years as it has been a staple in traditional kitchens for quite some time but is now bleeding into other styles. (sources: 1, 2, 3)

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Marble: Carrara or Carrara wannabes were and continue to be VERY popular in 2016. An all white kitchen may not be for everyone, and marble did take a backseat (or backsplash? ha) in the last 10 years as it is not the most durable of materials. But, with all of the new options out there you can get marble (or the look of marble) to suit your style and kitchen needs.

Longevity: White will forever be in trend so I would say this one is here to stay as long as it doesn’t have too much veining in it. 25+ years. (sources: 1, 2, 3)

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Plywood: Plywood throughout the home was big in modern design in the 80’s and 90’s and is now seeing a new fresh take in the kitchen. Yes, we get that this may not be for everyone but for the right house, the right setting, and the right space it is very chic and can be very affordable.

Longevity: I worry about the longevity of both the material and the trend, but that doesn’t meant that I don’t love it. It’s also a really easy thing to paint so if you are into the trend then go for it and then plan to repaint in 8 years when you are sick of it or when it’s filthy with fingerprints. (sources: 1, 2, 3)

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One Shelf: My eyes say YES, but my functional mom-brain that knows I need a place to stuff sippy cups, bottles, and mismatched bowls says NO WAY. If you are a minimalist, can keep things clean and know how to put things back in their place like a proper human being should, then this trend could work for you. But, if you open up your kitchen cabinets and an avalanche of tupperware covers you then I would say steer clear of this one.

Longevity: As long as you can handle keeping that one shelf clean and not filled with clutter before you rip it out and put something more useful in. (sources: 1, 2, 3)

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Two Tone Kitchen Cabinets: The two-tone or tuxedo style cabinets became very big a few years ago and then fell onto the back burner for a bit (look at all these kitchen puns we have going on.) But we are starting to see them bleed back in ferociously and with very swoon-worthy results. The trick to making this trend work is by having either the tops or the bottoms in a totally neutral color. In other words if you know you want navy blue bottoms then stick to white/grey/wood tone on the uppers. Balance is key in this trend. I even adopted this one into my own kitchen.

Longevity: hopefully really long as that is what I have in my kitchen, but realistically 20 yrs. If you go more neutral you have longer (I went navy and white). But also remember that painting can be affordable so if you have ugly cabinets that you hate, paint them instead of replacing them. It’s still the most affordable way to update your kitchen. (sources: 1, 2, 3)

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Open Shelving: Certainly less new, but this trend falls in the same family as the one shelf trend you saw earlier in the post, although this one actually requires a bit more work, if you can believe that. For the open shelving concept to work you not only have to be a clean person, but you have to keep all your dishes and items you are displaying in a strict and minimal color palette. If you are the person that has one cup from every place you have visited and a collection of vintage mismatched china this may not be the trend for you.

Longevity: For neat people with beautiful things: FOREVER. For the rest of us: until it drives us nuts. I’d suggest doing a couple open shelves, then enough storage in uppers to accomodate your unmentionables. (sources: 1, 2, 3)

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Shaker/Farmhouse/Windsor Style: This trend is a true blast from the past as America’s primitive past. The very first kitchen/dining rooms had exactly what you see below, a collection of mismatched and shaker/farmhouse style chairs around a big table. It is all about gathering and family with this trend. It may seem easy to adopt as you think you can just head out and grab a few mismatched chairs and throw them around your table. But, it does take a little more thought than that. To keep it from looking too thrifted, keep the chairs to one or two colors or tones and stay away from mass produced or anything too generic. The more simple, classic and antique the chair the better and if you have a basket collection on your wall consider yourself ahead of the trend.

Longevity: Forever. Pretty chairs are always pretty chairs. (sources: 1, 2, 3)

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Shiplap Walls: This trend hit big during the 90s when everyone seemed to want a little piece of Cape Cod in their home and this year we are seeing some updated versions. To keep it from leaning too traditional add some modern elements in with your appliances, lighting, and accessories. I for one love this as its just a beautiful and simple texture (A STRIPE!!) on the wall. Nobody has ever been offended by subtle stripes by way of a texture.

Longevity: Forever. It’s so simple that when used in a natural way (aka not a new high rise condo) it will just look timeless and simple. (sources: 1, 2, 3)

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Copper: We saw copper hit it big in accessories last year and the trend is definitely there in the kitchen as well. Copper is timeless but be careful as its best played as a supporting actress. Copper and rose gold are as trendy as they are high quality – the cheaper the stuff the quicker it will go out of style. But otherwise good quality copper is classic and will never, ever offend anyone or go out of style. (sources: 1, 2, 3)

Longevity: Metals for me are one of those things that will always stay in style, so if it is done right I give it quite a bit of life ahead of it.

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Chrome and Stainless Steel: Silver has taken a major backseat the last 10 years – like the back seat of the bus. But its always been a mainstay in the kitchen that is gaining even more traction this year. Stainless steel cabinets are back (for the right house) and looking better than ever when paired with organic elements and warmer tones (although I’m secretly still scared). To keep it from going to hospital/surgery room make sure you bring in life to the kitchen through some warmer wood tones, natural elements, or a pop of color.

Longevity: Long. Silver/chrome is always big in kitchens but be more careful with nickel as that can read less beautiful and more ‘contemporary’. (sources: 1, 2, 3)

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What are your favorite trends? What are you ready to adopt or what do you think should already go back in the grave? Could you handle stainless steel cabinetry???????

*Craving some more of my color and trend predictions for this year? Stay tuned for a new series where we will show you our predictions for color trends this year and how you can bring them into your space. In the meantime check out these 90’s colors that have made a comeback in the design world.

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  1. Great post! What do you think of the subway tile/dark grout combo in kitchen? Is that trendy or here to stay? Thanks!

    1. Great question! I’d also love to know your opinion on this.

        1. Glad to hear opinions from you all

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    2. Yes! Surprised this topic wasn’t covered but would love to hear your option too Emily!!!

    3. I would love to know this as well!

    4. This really is a great question. Subway tile. Of course, it’s ancient and classic and sticking around forever. But. Lots o’ us are sick of seeing it. And although both of those things are true, I have SUBWAY TILE picked out for my backsplash that’s going in later this month. I still have time to change it, but I can’t decide what else is considered safe, that reads classic, but that’s also transitional and can go modern. I’ve read blog after blog and a zillion articles and no one seems to have an answer for this. It seems evident people want to know subway tile alternatives or want a fresh spin on it. Help us, Emily! 😉

      1. There’s a section on here with a twist on subway tile and I found it interesting. And I’m looking into the fire-clay tiles now 🙂 I included a quote from the article. In case anyone else stumbles on this article and is in the same boat, enjoy!


        “There was a little bit of a debate between me and my contractor about the tile. His tile installers wanted to do it subway style and I wanted to do a parquet pattern. I don’t know why, but I’m super obsessed with this pattern lately. It just reminds me of weaving and wheat and textiles I guess, which make me happy. Also, it’s a classic pattern that you don’t see very often. So I feel like it’s not gonna look super dated in ten years, but it’s still interesting to look at.”

      2. Hi Emily,
        I recently purchased a mid-century house up in maine. Had not had anything done to it since the 70’s. I too, like the timeless subway tile but wanted something different. Sooooo I had it installed vertical instead of horizontal. Everyone loves it and a family member just did it in her kitchen. I did use dark grout for clean look. Can’t ever keep white grout clean in kitchen.
        Hope this helps.

  2. uh oh. The descriptive headers are there, but no photos.

    1. same here.

  3. Any thoughts on the Eames molded plastic dining chairs? Thanks!

    1. Same question! I have a farmhouse table (Restoration Hardware from 15 years ago) and wonder about Eames style molded chairs for a change. Have large black windsors right now…

      1. I also have a very rustic farmhouse table with my molded plastic chairs and I love the look (plus the chairs are super kid friendly). But I see that combo so much these days, I’m wondering if I will tire of it prematurely….I have a set of vintage wishbone chairs too. But they look so serious with the table that I wanted something more fun once I had kids.

        1. Those chairs make me feel like I am back in second grade. I am also too short to be comfortable in them. I can’t wait until we start seeing something new in dining rooms.

          I have seen some people do some really neat things with vintage chairs and colors.

        2. Of all places, the ubiquitous Walmart has sets of two, painted vintage-style metal chairs that seem as though they would be super-kid friendly. Reasonably priced enough, a set of two ‘Milan metal chairs’ sell for just over a hundred. In a variety of colors, I rather like the red ones. An added bonus is that they might hold up for some semi-protected out-door use. I hope this is allowed, I saw the idea on Pinterest. I myself have not purchased them, but if I ever buy another dream house, I just might!

          1. I should mention that they received mostly 5-star reviews and many mentioned placing them around a farmhouse table.

      2. I was wondering the same about Eames chairs. I’m seeing them a lot in Farmhouse styled rooms (which I have) so I was thinking about replacing my Windsor chairs with the Eames to add a touch of Modern. But my husband says they look cheap. I thought they were a classic chair but he started pointing out on TV shows whenever he’d spot one. And they were mostly used in cafeterias or cheap restaurants. They are very affordable so now I’m concerned they will look cheap.

      3. I saw YES! That sounds like a great way to update the space.

    2. I think the black plastic ones are forever, white too (but they get very scuffed over time!). Mix up or matching pastels are probably a few years, or forever if done well.

    3. The Eames molded fiberglass chair is a tested classic. Its held its appeal for more than half a century, hasn’t it?

      Search Pinterest and compare what you like about some images that use Eames chairs and the ones Mary’s husband may be pointing out. The base can make a bug difference, and I think the contrast with the table makes a big difference.

      As for getting sick of seeing it all the time, well, that depends… Is it just that you’re seeing it on lots of design blogs because the ones you follow are the ones who share your tastes, or is it what you see in every house you go into, and you’re worried about your house looking just like all of your friends houses?

  4. love this post! Already looking forward to the next trend post. It’s wonderful to get some validation that the things I love like two tone cabinets and marble are still going strong. Thoughts on Quartz v granite? What will be the long term countertop de jour??

    1. I’m not an expert, but I love our soapstone counters. They’re equally classic and current. Durable, age beautifully, and they aren’t the same trendy style that granite has/had been.

      1. Agree. I’ve done soapstone in two houses now and will do it again and again.

    2. ” long term countertop de jour” Isn’t that an oxymoron?

  5. 🙁 can’t see any pictures in this post.

  6. Always great to hear your opinions on trends. Kitchens are such expensive rooms to remodel so timeless options always appeal to me.

    1. Yes yes yes. This is such an interesting and helpful post. This long weekend resulted in some impromptu kitchen reno at our house! And your post is so helpful being reminded/educated on what makes a kitchen timeless. Pinterest has been killing me with trendy-trends everywhere, and forgetting what a timeless kitchen would look like.

      I’m noticing a distinct lack of subway tile mentioned here… I feel like we all could have said that in 2012…

  7. The photos still aren’t working for me, sadly enough.

    1. Same – well the first two are. The rest are not.

    2. Me either:( I’ll be checking back in a bit to see if the pictures are working then!

    3. Hi everyone! It seems like the blog was experiencing some tiny technical issues this morning (we sympathize, mornings can be tough), but we should be back up and running now, images and all!

  8. When I redid my kitchen 5 years ago, I was really into (and still am) the color of brushed nickel, and wished I could have gotten some appliances in that.

    It’s just a little warmer than stainless steel – as if you took silver and mixed it with a tiny bit of gold.

    You can find it in fixtures, but not appliances, which would be a nice alternative to the coldness/sterility of stainless.

  9. I’m a pretty big fan of the two tone cabinets. There were two ton kitchens back in the 50’s/60’s 🙂


    My favourite combination is teak lower cabinets with white uppers, but my current kitchen has avocado green lowers, white uppers and a medium grey countertop.

  10. Love reading your thoughts. I like the look of wicker lighting…. But in reality it looks like a major dust catcher. May have to stick with baskets which I can more easily clean.

    1. Plus they get covered in grease. That is why it is a no for me.

  11. What do you think about brass? I’m seeing a lot of brass pulls in the kitchen lately.

    1. Yes! Please let us know your thoughts on this as I’m about to change out all my kitchen hardware to a brushed brass.

  12. Great trend round-up! I’ve been fantasizing about cement tiles or cool-shaped tiles for my backsplash. Here in New York everyone is still obsessed with the white subway tile/dark grout look. I love it, but I’m also so over it because it’s been done a billion times.

  13. love this style post, very informative. Farmhouse kitchen is my favorite. I love the shiplap, i first saw it on the show fixer upper with chip and joanna on hgtv

  14. Great post. I’m among those that have open shelving, and yes to all you said. Glad to know I made all the right choices:).

  15. LOVE this post! Great work, Emily!

  16. Hi Emily!

    Thank you for this post! We will be designing a kitchen this year, so this information is really helpful.

    I’m wondering how you feel about waterfall countertops??

    Please advise me!


  17. Great post!

    I could NOT do stainless steel cabinets (or countertops). I don’t even like my SS appliances. Too much work to keep clean, too easily scratched and dented, and it all looks like a restaurant kitchen– industrial, cold, clinical and no personality. Blech.

  18. I love this post!! Kitchen finishes always throw me off. Oil rubbed bronze? brushed nickel? CHROME?! But that stainless steel kitchen. Swoon. I don’t know if I could live there but it sure is pretty to look at!! Loving the sources to the farmhouse style chairs as well. The struggle to make farmhouse (I can’t say ‘country,’ I just can’t) look chic is REAL. (Because really I have a love affair with that California eclectic too…) Maybe I’ll start my own style… Southern Eclectic… Anywho, Thanks Emily!!!

  19. Love this! Would love to see you do this for bathrooms as well. 🙂

  20. Great post! The multiple handprints on that copper stove vent are hilarious!

    1. Great idea! Me too.

    2. I came down here to see if any else noticed!

  21. I love the copper and the traditional farm house looks. I’m really into incorporating modern elements into traditional style and that’s the look we’re trying to go for in our new home right now. I really love the look of the open shelving but I don’t think we could pull it off in our house with two little ones!


  22. I love charcoal gray walls and patterned tiles. I would never install patterned tiles because we are not wealthy and there are certain trends that are pricey to remove (labor etc.). I like a clean palette like a blank canvas and work my way around it so that when a trend goes, I can change without too much of an expense. But if I was wealthy, well, I’d go crazy with anything!

  23. I am loving all of these. I would be pretty scared to paint my kitchen black, even though I have quite a bit of light. We are working on a mother-in-law suite addition and I cannot wait to make it all bright and white! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  24. One thing is missing – CONTEXT. in my opinion the appropriateness of any design decision (trend or not) depends on the surrounding home.

    1. 100%

      that is what it is all about for me.

    2. Emily has said that before, and here she says that Shaker style doesn’t work in a high-rise condo.

  25. EMILY!!! When I read that you were changing things on your blog late last year, I was a little nervous. But holy cow, you are hitting it out of the park with all these wonderful design posts!!! Your posts on the biggest design regrets, and on avoiding faux anything (amen sister!) were great, and now you hit us with this round-up of kitchen trends?! I am just loving it! Anyone can cruise pinterest and repost a bunch of popular pins, but you give us the whys behind it all, and what your educated thoughts are so we can grow as well. That just puts you and your blog in another league all together. Thank you, thank you. I am so excited to see what you have in store for us next!

    1. Agreed! This is by far the most informative, thorough, and well thought-out design blog out there. I look forward to 6 am (before the kiddos wake up) every morning!

      1. Ha! For me, it’s my 8:05am treat….
        Once the kids are at school!

    2. I completely agree. I’m always thinking, “I wonder what Emily thinks about ____.” I’m loving these new posts so much!

  26. Something that makes any trend a “favorite” of mine is one that works in the space. Modern homes and industrial spaces WANT a more trendy/modern kitchen. Victorian homes (like mine) do beautifully with things like encaustic tiles, painted cabinets and traditional, natural materials (marble, wood) and metal finishes (natural brass, polished nickel, etc.)

    I love beautiful wood cabinets in a mid-century home.

    For a traditional/contemporary home, I love the stacked-cabinet “trend” it looks traditional enough to be timeless, but we really didn’t see it so much until recently. Goodbye soffits and that empty space above the cabinets.

    I am of the opinion that open shelving only really works editorially. I mean it is absolutely gorgeous, but in real life? Not so much. (And I am speaking as someone with styled, minimalist china cabinets…) I just cannot keep that lever of aesthetic consciousness going on a day-to-day basis in a room like the kitchen. Sometimes my husband actually does the dishes, and I really don’t want to make it any harder for him to get it “right.”

    1. Understand what you mean, but it is doable. I have done all my everyday plates, bowls, cups, and serving bowls and platters and pots and pans on shelves and loved it.

      It worked bc they were used regularly and I kept the cups upside down to prevent dust. Cabinets were for less-than-pretty bakeware and plastics.
      Was easy even for hubs to maintain because it was so basic: all dinner and serving-ware and pots out, everything else in. Only one color and type of each thing, so pretty fool-proof.

  27. I love your perspective on these trends! My fav is the glass front cabinets and the open shelves because I am OCD and can keep them organized!!

  28. Great post! I’d also like to know your thoughts on colored cabinets, I’ve been seeing more blue lately and I like it, but I’d be afraid to paint mine and then have it go out of style.

    I’d also love to see this post about bathroom trends.

  29. I own a 1913 craftsman and am loving subway tile, dark grey, open shelving, brass ect, but i love this article because now that I finally have a house I fear trends and am leaning towards more timeless historic but still hip. subway tile will always be in I think, but brass is one. . . . I LOVE it right now but c’mon, don’t you think in 10 years we might be like “remember when brass was everywhere?’ What do you think. You touched on copper and I know you are using a lot of brass, but seriouslly, you don’t think geometrics and brass are going to be so 2015?

    1. I think that anything that is historically accurate (or period referenced) weathers the trends better that other options, meaning that while subway tiles may be a “trend” in new construction, they are certainly an historically accurate option for a house built in the early 1900s. As for brass, like anything, there is good brass and bad brass. Brass has been used around water FOREVER. I sail on a 200 year old tall ship, and believe me, it’s not just a trend there.

      1. I agree with you. I agree with good brass and bad brass. I just worry the “good brass” i like, I worry I wont’ look at it the same day one day. There are certain things with kitchens I used to love like black and white checker floors and stuff (for example 15 years ago) that I am so over now. I guess that’s my point. Things I thought were sure fire, charming and timeless. . . . I’ve been proven that I am officially over them.

        I also get really confused and feel anxious about brass fixtures but then does that mean everything has to be brass or some chrome or nickel in there is fine. . . ???? For example, I will probably recreate craftsman cabinets with historical latches. They make the latches brass too, I saw a great post on 1912 bungalow that used brass latches, but silver is more accurate. I also know my husband would probalby scream at that much brass. I guess that’s where I get confused. vintage stove with silver, silver latches, but then brass sink and lights??? I can’t figure out the balance.

    2. I would always go for shaker cabinet on a craftsman house. Pulls and paint can change a hell of a lot easier than cabinets if they become dated.

  30. I love marble and the two tone cabinets! If someday we buy our own house i will consider these two. But i am staying away from open shelving! Who’s gonna dust them all the time? No, thank you! Until then, we are lucky enough to be healthy and enjoy our family!

    1. A couple shelves really isn’t a big deal to occasionally dust. You wipe down your counters all the time anyway. The DISHES, though… That would be a pain. I loved my shelving but purposely only kept out pieces that we used frequently. Dust wasn’t an issue.

  31. Great post! Love the organic woven light trend but not sure I would adopt it…how is it to keep clean in a busy kitchen?

  32. I would disagree with the “metals never go out of style” comment. 80’s shiny gold faucets were very out of style for a long time, only now making a comeback, but still not in the cruise ship gaudy shine!

    The oil rubbed bronze (blech) is the shiny brass of now.

    We were thinking of matte black faucets to our bath, but then decided on shiny polished chrome or nickel. It seems like a less trendy option, that would last. Plus the matte black was hideously expensive!

    1. I say, stay away from dark faucets. We are replacing ours as they REALLY show mineral deposits. And the minerals go further as to actually eat away at the finish, so it’s not just a matter of keeping them clean – they are dissolving! I think classic chrome always looks clean and crisp.

  33. Agree with you on everything except the basketweave pendants. They’re fine so long as you don’t cook in your kitchen or you’re a compulsive duster.

  34. Our kitchen is a standard kitchen flip, which came with the house when we bought it 2 years ago. I’m not a fan but I’m too scared to change it because anything kitchen related is so expensive.

    I did, however, create the kitchen that I really wanted (open shelves) with our Airbnb guesthouse. I’m so glad that you’re predicting that open shelves are here to stay because even remodeling that tiny kitchen cost way more than I had anticipated.
    Here’s a photo:

  35. Hey! I designed that shiplap kitchen. Thanks for sharing.

  36. So fun to see my shiplap kitchen on your blog! Designer was Stephanie Sabbe from sabbeinteriordesign.com

  37. I would also like your input on white subway/dark grout backsplash. Thank you.

  38. Love your take on these trends, with two exceptions: the plywood (no, just NO!) and the copper. We once rented a vacation house with copper in the kitchen and it was a disaster to clean. Even after it was cleaned, it still looked messy. Copper is way too fussy to be functional, in my opinion.

    I love open shelves. Ten years ago, we bought a 100-year old craftsman home that had open shelving along one wall of the kitchen. I was certain that we would be swapping those out for traditional cabinets within a few months. Surprisingly, they quickly became one of my favorite features of our kitchen.

    1. I don’t know what kind of messy you’re talking about. I’m a copper lover (like Emily) so I’m still gonna use it for my home.

  39. This was awesome!
    What’s your take on no uppers, and all drawer lowers…

  40. LOVE hearing your thoughts on Kitchen Trends! I feel like I could love basket lights for ever and ever. And the two toned cabinets is so fun. Great post!

  41. Such a fantastic post, and so informative. Thank you! This is why yours is my most favorite ever blog!!! xo

  42. I find it hard to follow the words first, then pictures with no clear headings in between them.

  43. I love this post. I hope it is a regular series.

    I have a question. Two tone cabinets, dark on bottom, light on top. How do you handle full length cabinets, like fridge casings and pantries. I note that you painted yours white, like the upper cabinets. Is that a general recommendation or specific to your choice of white appliances.

    As always, I am still loving your blog for the great tips, good resources, and of course your joyful, humorous spirit.

    1. I think you can go either way (the upper or lower color) with full length. For example, if you had a full length pantry you could have it go the dark color for the whole way. Here is a great example where they did that in the kitchen and I think it looks great!


  44. Great post, as always! We just moved into a 1962 southern two-story house, and I love everything–except for the original kitchen. I can’t wait to tear it out. Hopefully whoever has this house after me in 50 years won’t think the same of my own kitchen remodel!

  45. Love this post, Emily! We are modeling our kitchen after one that you have photographed above….. with the charcoal cabinets and subway tiles inside and clear glass. How do you feel about farmhouse sinks with the exaggerated restaurant style faucet?

    1. I have a farmhouse sink in my kitchen and I love it! It’s huge and very easy to clean, and it looks adorable.

  46. I don’t understand the comment about the longevity of plywood cabinets. Plywood is far preferable (and more durable) than MDF, which is what a lot of cabinet boxes are made out of. I get that the look of exposed ply isn’t for everyone, but I’d bet most of the cabinets you see here are plywood, with *maybe* solid wood fronts.

  47. Oh my god, stainless steel cabinetry would drive me INSANE!! What a great post! Apparently my kitchen is super on trend with the Shaker style cabinets and open shelving 😉

  48. One shelf or open shelves will never be me- I am not that neat! I know this, as much as I love the look.
    The stainless steel I love, but boy does it need to be warmed up. If you cover the bag of groceries in the first example, removing that organic element, you’re practically left with an operating room. Now, with a gorgeous butcher-block table instead of the cafe table foreground, maybe a cutting board or wood fruit dish, the space is warmer.
    I’d also add a rug for the cat.
    And a cat.

  49. Perfect timing as I was just about to start DIY a little kitchen makeover. I have builders grade oak cabinets that I can’t afford to replace and an ugly slate blacksplash. I plan on painting the cabinets gray, doing a subway tile with dark grout backsplash, and getting gold hardware and faucet. I don’t really care about it’s longevity and am just going for what I like right now. Eventually I plan on doing a complete kitchen reno, but for now anything is better than the awful oak. I can’t wait!!

  50. I love the 1st photo on the shiplap wall kitchen section and would love to see more pics of this kitchen, but the source link doesn’t seem to work. Can you re-share it?

  51. Although I love open shelves and one shelf I know I am nowhere near neat enough to make that look.
    I love the stainless kitchen with the herringbone wood floor, but the grocery bag adds so much warmth to the space, once it’s gone you could do sugery in there! It needs some more wood- like a butcher block or reclaimed wood table where the cafe table is. Or maybe some color in a rug. And a cat.
    (Sorry if this posted twice)

  52. I would LOVE to see more designers using wood stained cabinets & trim. I have stained trim in my home & all of this white everywhere does nothing for me. It looks good but I’m not going to paint every bit of wood in my home to get that look. My stain is medium/dark, so it’s not out of date light oak. I like it & have found that gray paint really keeps the stain from looking brassy.

    And having stainless steel appliances – hell no. I’d never have cabinets in it and will never buy stainless again!

  53. Love this! Please publish more like this 🙂

  54. What a great, smart, interesting, thoughtful post! Thank you!

  55. LOVED this post. We are planning on re-doing our kitchen and it was great to see your perspective on current trends and how long you anticipate them to last. I definitely don’t want to put a lot of money into something that is going to be completely out of date in a few years!

  56. Yes! Yes! Yes! Awesome post.

    Re: black kitchens. What a great way to go bold in the kitchen while still really remaining neutral. Pair with the basket lights and windsor/shaker/farmhouse style chairs, and the space will become really warm and inviting.

    Also, those are some of the best examples of plywood cabinets I have ever seen. Another great way of going bold while still remaining neutral. And if you get sick of them; you can always paint them black. 🙂

  57. I do really enjoy copper accents but could never make it a big feature. I’m toying with the idea of simply purchasing a copper floor lamp but get the feeling in the next 10 years, I’ll be sick of it. A simple grey or off white would have a lot more longevity.
    I think marble is beautiful, when done right, and adds so much lightness to a room and feels so different but calming in a kitchen.

    She’s So Lucy

  58. Really like the layout and content of this post. Of course, I will never agree with the open shelving trend: I have open shelving out of space necessity, and I find it aggravating. Yes, it looks wonderful, but I’m constantly dusting pieces off before I can use them.

  59. Such a useful post! I love most of the styles here, especially the dark cabinets, copper accessories, marble, open shelving etc! Unfortunately, open shelving would likely be a romantic dream… or maybe I could do with a couple of open shelving just because. Ah we’ll see. I’m not a very neat person you see haha!

  60. I would definitely add under counter appliances to this list, well at least I added those to my list a bit earlier when I stumbled upon a website called huhudesign.com and I couldn’t help myself…long story short, my kitchen is being remodeled using quite a few under counter appliances.
    Thanks for a good article!

  61. I love the plywood but just concerned it might get water stained 🙂

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  63. Im doing a new kitchen (newly built home) and have gone for a glossy white cabinet and super long white island with ‘organic white’ ceasar stone benchtops – Ive decided on a Smokey blue large subway tile which I’m having my tiler lay in a herringbone style with white grout – I think the room being a large open plan needs a splash of colour so fingers crossed I don’t regret it!?! gah…im nervous!

    1. That sounds gorgeous. I love the idea of a little color. And “smoky blue” sound rather neutral, I am sure you will love it for years to come. And while I’m sure someone will try to talk you out of the white grout because it “darkens” easily, I think for a backsplash you are just fine. The white will make the pattern pop. Just make sure it’s sealed. Its going to be so pretty! (I think if the blue tile is for the floor, then I would consider options other than white grout.)

  64. Oh man, fun run down, but you say everything has a long shelf life. So then it’s not a trend. They can’t all be trends. I’m sure someone said they thought travertine and oak cabinets would be forever, too.

  65. I love all the matte black fixtures. A beautiful way to make a white & rustic room look chic. Great inspirational post.

  66. I find everyrhing messy and (yes) ugly. And old. And not clean.
    With a little exeption of 3 or 4 pics.

  67. This is an amazing round-up. I’ve unwittingly adopted some trendy things in my own newly remodeled kitchen (still a work in progress). Two things I did that are way different: refurbished a vintage stove and incorporated a walk-through pantry (making upper cabinets not necessary and–hopefully!–a couple of shelves in the upper cabinet area adequate). Interesting post!
    Oh here is my link if you’d like more story on the stove:

  68. Any idea what color is on the bottom cabinets on the two tone picture? The top cabinets are white.

  69. Thanks Emily for your every blog. 🙂 (y)

    1. Great Post.. i like your post

      1. Nice Post Please Keep Sharing

  70. I think all of these are fantastic! My favorite though, has to be the gray/white combination. It just looks so crisp and clean and modern. Something like you have shown and something along the lines of this kitchen: http://www.prohome1.com/en/blog/6-hottest-kitchen-trends.html

    1. I think that anything that is historically accurate (or period referenced) weathers the trends better that other options, meaning that while subway tiles may be a “trend” in new construction, they are certainly an historically accurate option for a house built in the early 1900s. As for brass, like anything, there is good brass and bad brass. Brass has been used around water FOREVER. I sail on a 200 year old tall ship, and believe me, it’s not just a trend there. http://www.wtlabs.in/

      1. Oh man, fun run down, but you say everything has a long shelf life. So then it’s not a trend. They can’t all be trends. I’m sure someone said they thought travertine and oak cabinets would be forever, too.

  71. That kitchen interior is amazing !!

  72. What about the come back of brass kitchen hardware in gray white two tone or all white kitchens? So far, i LOVE the look. Add in mixing metals while you’re at it.

    1. Those chairs make me feel like I am back in second grade. I am also too short to be comfortable in them. I can’t wait until we start seeing something new in dining rooms.

      I have seen some people do some really neat things with vintage chairs and colors.

  73. Love all the ideas you shared! In the middle of redesigning my kitchen right now and this helped so much!!

  74. After seeing all the kitchen cabinet doors, I haven’t seen any pictures of the Peacan Stain, traditional doors.
    Other than painting, and new hardware, I feel they still outdate the kitchen.
    Getting ready to do something…would love some feedback
    I have a picture of the cabinets but don’t know how to post it

  75. Bravo… Really mind blowing post regarding kitchen cabinets. Beautiful images. Loved all of these. Thanks!

  76. Many thanks for thes wonderful ideas 🙂

  77. Amazing topic! Pinterest is full of trends and you can’t just decide which trend to follow or which would be better for you. I loved the Shiplap Walls, adding modern elements while not completely loosing the traditional touch. Solid wood cabinets for kitchen is definitely a big “Yes”. I’m thinking of getting my kitchen renovate with cabinets in York chocolate style. Here’s a link if you want to know more about it: http://www.imaxxexchange.com/product-category/solid-wood-cabinets/

  78. I loved the idea about this trends and like to see your feeling for them. Thanks for this ….

  79. Thanks, Emily! for sharing your Kitchen trends with us. This trends will help readers for renovating and redesigning their kitchen easily. All the pictures are beautiful and amazing, thanks for sharing these with us.

  80. Whichever trend you’re feeling, Classic Cupboards can assist! For anyone interested, Classic Cupboards is a New Orleans based custom cupboard and design business, here’s our site: http://www.classiccupboards.com/

  81. Amazing suggestion indeed, however there’s a hype of using virtual 3-D kitchen design software in the industry these days, what is your say on this?

  82. The triangular shape chair used in the kitchen looks amazing to me but i’ve some doubt that those are comfortable enough or not. Please do tell me that i’m totally wrong about by worrieness!!!

  83. I like all the kitchen design. And the favorite is 3rd from the top 🙂

  84. waiting for your opinion. I love to buy from walmart now.

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  85. I think for resale you are taking a risk, for sure, but I also think that black is a color that doesn’t go out of style, especially in cities. Make sure it’s big and make sure it does’t go too ‘bachelor pad’ with the rest of the furniture and accessories. If you are worried consider doing it just on your bottoms (cabinets, that is). Or hey, just paint an accent wall. In other words I think that this has 5+ years of longevity.

  86. This is probably one of the most concise blog I was looking for to get the accurate and relevant knowledge

  87. What do u recommend for timeless cabinet door styles?

  88. Amazing trends is i should adopt all…. really very difficult to choose any one out of all fantastic……

  89. I think that it is really beautiful Crafting and really liked it.

  90. I have no words to say, How beautifully is your Kitchen.
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  96. Absolutely love this list- thanks for sharing! I especially love the look of Quartz kitchen countertops as well as the look of open cabinets and shelves.

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