There are new kitchen trends every year. Some are design-related, like granite countertops, while others are related to layout and practicality. Just because something is trending though, doesn't mean it is a good idea. A lot of these kitchen trends do seem pretty practical, until you adopt them in your own kitchen and they backfire on you. Nobody wants to experience regret after shelling out the big bucks on renovating, and new fixtures. These are the kitchen trends to avoid, no matter how good they look.
1. Tiled Countertops
Tile has always been a popular material for bathrooms and kitchens, but with so many other great options it's on the out. The grout between tiles can get dirty, and cleaning it can be a bit of a hassle. Also, stained grout does not look very nice over many years. Nowadays, there has been a move towards natural materials like wood and granite. If granite is outside of your price range, then cement also makes for a unique countertop, and it can even be made to look like stone.
2. No Curtains Or Blinds
The whole loft style has been 'in' for a while. A lot of people have tried to adapt this look to their homes by not having any window dressings in their kitchens. In theory, this is a nice idea, but in practice, it just means you have zero privacy. Just looking up will might give you an uncomfortable look into what your neighbors might be doing, which means they can also see what you're up to as well. If you want to enjoy a more private atmosphere, then install some classy Venetian blinds, or some matching curtains.
3. No More Country Cupboard Chic
A lot of different styles have come and gone over the years. In the early 2000s, country chic was all the rage. Lots of kitchens had cupboards painted in a style that made it look chipped, and distressed. That created the feel of being in a farmhouse, even if you lived in the middle of a city. This trend is finished, and there has been a move to the mid-modern century instead. Now kitchens have cabinets made of varnished wood and glass inserts.
4. Microwave Placement
Modern homes always have built-in areas for appliances, especially the microwave. Microwaves are used all the time, and need to be accessible, which means that placing them above the stove is not a great idea. In the past, builders used to design cabinets with a microwave space that was stationed high above the range. While it saves space, it is not exactly accessible for every member of the household. Not everyone is blessed with long limbs, which means stretching up to microwave your lunch can be annoying. Especially if you need to stand on a step stool to do it.
5. Brass Fixtures
Designing and renovating kitchens takes time, but it's worth it when you see all of the finishing touches in place. Choosing fixtures is very important when it comes to your kitchen. Do you want them to be focal points, or fade into the background? In the '90s, brass fixtures were considered to be very fashionable, but now it's time to say goodbye to them. A much more minimalist look is in now, and that means stainless steel or satin nickel fixtures. The great thing about fixtures is that they can be easily swapped out, which gives a kitchen a makeover for far less than an entire renovation. Kitchens need facelifts too!
6. Colorful Appliances
The thing about trends is that one minute something is considered to be the height of fashion, and a few years later it's considered dated. This is probably true for all of the brightly colored fridges, stoves, and small appliances that are being featured in homes around the world now. It's nice to have a splash of color, but most people don't swap out their appliances every couple of years. Before you splurge on a hot pink refrigerator, think about whether or not you will love the color in a year or two. Sometimes sticking to stainless steel is the best call. After all, it matches with everything.