Creating a functional, fashionable kitchen is a key to acing the hub of the home look. While use and practicality are essential for entertaining, the visual personality of your ‘hub’ is also a priority, especially when entertaining. Here are seven trend suggestions for upgrading your kitchen space to give it a signature look and make it feel more like home.
The Avante Garde Artist
Two-toned cabinets are a unique look this year. The dual color trend adds an element of personality that is usually restricted to the living room. Whether you choose multiple cabinet blocks or vary doors and cabinet colors, the unexpected mix and match style is a great conversation piece for any hub of the home.
While this trend is opposite of another common kitchen central trend (hidden appliances), providing an open view of your cooking essentials is yet another popular theme. Glass-front pantries, simple shelving, and overhead pot racks put your savvy storage skills on display. Creating art out of organization of your everyday kitchen tools is an easy way to pull off the hub of the home concept.
The visionary personality’s main characteristics are creativity and resourcefulness. What better way to capture that personality in your hub than with a fresh coat of paint? One of the easiest ways to make a big, bold impact is with a dramatic color change – either from muted to bold or bright to neutral.
This quick and easy makeover will not only showcase your creativity, it will also highlight your family’s focus room, the kitchen. One of the great ideas behind the hub of the home concept is the lack of limits. Color makeovers aren’t limited to one main hue. Brighten up your space with patterns using painters tape, textured walls, a mosaic look, or varied shades in the same color scheme.
Another inspiring decor trend influencing the hub of your home is adding drama to your space with home jewelry. Accessorizing the space with items typically reserved for other areas of the home are sure to give your kitchen the perfect upgrade to ideal entertaining space. Add picture frames, chandeliers, mirrors, and even armchairs you wouldn’t typically utilize in your kitchen.
The Media Maven
What better wait to create a center for entertaining in your kitchen than by moving your media center there! While certainly not a new idea, the trend to move electronics into the kitchen can assist with entertaining family and friends, while providing ease-of-use for those busy kitchen queens.
Think outside the box; media mavens are all about convenience and cutting edge. Bring a TV into an entertainment nook, update your apps with recipe sites, and create a space for bringing technology with you no matter what part of the house you’re in.
Looking to bring some additional function into your central room? Act like an executive andlook like one by incorporating office elements into your kitchen. Turn that breakfast nook into a study, and consider including tile with wood accents commonly reserved for high style office suites. This stylistic choice is sure to make you feel like a Fortune 500 CEO by day, and creative chef by night.
For the growing family, nothing can boost the use of a functional room more than the addition of usable space. Second islands are popular for the hub of the home, adding unexpected visual appeal and doubling your workspace.
Islands have always been an efficient way for a multi-tasking hostess to work and play simultaneously. Whether creating the perfect meal or preparing a key presentation, mutiple islands allow the whole family to stay together without compromising valuable counter space. They also allow guests to stay close to the action without being a part of it. Taking that space and doubling it is sure to help you create the perfect multi-purpose environment.
No matter what visual elements you decide to incorporate into kitchen your redesign, it’s important to ensure that the hub of the home, no matter where it is, is a reflection of your family’s personality and lifestyle. Creating a workable, livable, beautiful space will help your transition the role your kitchen plays from task room to kitchen central.