Every new year brings along new design trends, with homeowners often feeling the pressure to mix up their kitchen interiors to keep things current. But the truth is, when embarking on any renovation project, incorporating more timeless (and less trendy) assets will save both time and money in the long run. This ensures any kitchen styling stays current and “fits in” no matter which way the design pendulum swings.
“When it comes to designing your own signature space, it’s important to include thoughtful elements that transcend trends - especially in the kitchen,” says Nate Berkus, renowned decorator, designer and artistic advisor to LG Studio. “From appliances to paint colors, creating a forever kitchen that you will absolutely love, both now and 10 years from now, means seeing through those fleeting trends and taking inspiration from the things that matter most to you - today and always.”
To illustrate, Berkus has demystified the most talked about design trends of 2015 and demonstrates how to translate each in ways that best reflect your own personal style.
Trend 1: Patterned backsplash tile
Patterned backsplashes are making a big impact this year, from Moroccan mosaic to brushed herringbone tile, as more adventurous homeowners are looking for fresh ways to add texture and interest to their kitchens. “I always advise homeowners to keep it simple when selecting a backsplash tile, my go-to is a high-end white subway tile,” says Berkus. “It will feel sophisticated and timeless. Use accessories - things like baskets, trays and framed photos - to add texture and personality.”
Trend 2: Bright, bold colors
Bringing bright colors into the kitchen is a reprising trend, as it’s often a quick change that makes a bold statement for homeowners who don’t have a lot of time for a full kitchen renovation. However, Berkus recommends sticking with a neutral palette for cabinets. White, charcoal, gray and black will always be elegant, he notes, especially in cabinetry. Using these more neutral tones as a base won’t restrict the amount of color in the kitchen, but it does bring about more opportunity to incorporate decor that can be easily switched out with the changing seasons and styles.
Trend 3: Brass is back
Brass and luxe metallics, be it hardware, faucets or lighting, are enjoying a well-deserved comeback in transforming the kitchen into a more stylish space. Berkus encourages homeowners to pair these fixtures with stainless steel appliances for a kitchen that fully embodies a luxe and timeless atmosphere. The soft sheen of horizontally-brushed stainless steel, as seen in premium appliances like LG Studio, is a prime example of elegant minimalism that helps achieve the sophistication homeowners are looking to build in a forever kitchen.
Trend 4: Clean cabinetry
Today’s cabinetry styling trends favor a “less is more” aesthetic that helps emphasize clean lines with clearly defined accents, presenting a light and simple look. “I always appreciate a simple, clean style, but with cabinets, homeowners shouldn’t be afraid to mix it up,” says Berkus. “Using varying materials and finishes in your cabinets - like a wood or paint color that’s different from the rest of the kitchen - help produce texture in the space and create visual interest.” Berkus also notes incorporating built-in or cabinet-depth appliances will seamlessly integrate your cabinetry no matter what the material, supporting the sleek look you want your kitchen to exemplify.
Trend 5: Sleek, modern fixtures
Designers are more often offering oversized light fixtures with colorful shades to help homeowners develop that wow factor in their kitchen. When it comes to lighting, though, Berkus says he always tells people to reach for vintage. Antique pieces add character to any space and don’t have to be expensive. He suggests visiting your local antique mall or flea market to discover those great finds that can amplify a personal touch, especially in the kitchen. “I have a milk glass vintage globe light hanging over the island in my own kitchen. It’s really big and an absolute conversation starter.”