As you embark on your next kitchen remodel, you might want to consider this: When was the last time you saw hammered chrome? Some kitchen remodel trends stay the same (nearly everyone wants stainless steel), whereas other kitchen remodel trends tend to come and go. If you don't want your kitchen to appear "locked in time," you should avoid some of the trends that may currently seem outdated or quaint.
1. Wood Cabinets
There was a time when light wood cabinets were the standard in many kitchens. Unfortunately for those who just love a light maple or pine, that trend has faded away. If you are considering wooden cabinetry, think about using dark or bold colors instead. There's only one exception: if your kitchen is particularly small, light wood may still make a difference.
2. Copper Sinks
Sleek, shiny, and somewhat industrial-looking, copper sinks were once everywhere, until people realized there were practical flaws. Namely, it's a fire hazard; not all insurance companies offer coverage for damage due to copper's contact with water. Also, the copper patina is lovely to some, but it's frustrating to others. Unless you're married to the look, be cautious.
3. Subway Tile
Subway tile became trendy again after the Great Recession hit, but it was so overused that it's now fallen out of favor. Subway tile is now associated with house flippers and TV remodels. This design element still works well for classic kitchens, but if you are trying to give your kitchen a modern or contemporary feel, you should look elsewhere.
4. Lights Under Cabinets
Not only does this affect the visual appeal of your flooring and countertops, it also makes cleaning underneath those cabinets a challenge. You can use LED lights as some homeowners or cabinet makers do now, and these lights will last a long time. But for other homeowners, it really just calls attention to the additional dust.
5. Country Kitchen Themes
If you have been keeping track of the latest home fashion shows over the past few years, you're likely already aware that country kitchen themes are out of fashion now. It may be different if you actually live in the country, but for now, it almost seems too wistful and nuanced to make a statement. This was a trend that became outdated mostly because it was so dramatically overused in homes that really weren't suited to it.
How can you avoid trends that are outdated? Consider consulting with a professional. The real estate market and design market both move so fast that trends can come and go overnight. And, of course, you should always do what you love. Just keep in mind that certain trends can impact your home's resale value. Contact a kitchen remodel service to learn more.