Just because everybody's doing it, doesn't mean it makes sense for your space. Avoid these trends during your kitchen remodel, and you'll be doing yourself a favor.
1. Over the Range Microwaves
They save space (or do they?). Over-the-range microwaves with a built-in vent hood were popular for awhile, and you'll still find them in some kitchen remodels, but there are plenty of reasons to avoid them. Most people prefer to have necessary, frequently-reached-for items in the cabinet space above the range. Also, try warming up a full bowl of soup or hot chocolate, then lifting it down from above eye-level. The risk of spills is pretty high, especially if you have kids in the house. Today's design trends favor a minimal style that keeps appliances out of sight, so you might consider putting your microwave in an under-the-counter nook instead.
2. The Kitchen Desk
It was huge for awhile, but having a desk in your kitchen has one big drawback: it doesn't tend to get used. Most kitchen desks end up collecting mail, paperwork and other items that don't seem to have a home. They can quickly turn into a cluttered disaster zone. Skip the desk, use your space for kitchen-related tasks instead, and keep your mail and paperwork organized in the home office.
3. Floor Plans
Modern kitchen floor plans are starting to stray away from the kitchen triangle (sink, refrigerator, stove). However, these are three core items within your kitchen, and you want them to be close together. Who would want to walk across the room or around your kitchen island to grab something from the fridge? We suggest sticking to the traditional triangle if you want your kitchen to be efficient for cooking.
4. Tiled Countertops
They're inexpensive, and they've had their time in the spotlight, but that time is over. Simply put, tiled countertops are a maintenance nightmare (does your home really need more grout lines to scrub?). Opt for engineered quartz or even a modern laminate instead, and you'll get sleek, modern style that's easy to wipe down in seconds.
5. Brightly-Colored Appliances
That cherry red stove looks fun now, but will you feel the same way in five or ten years? What if you want to sell the house and buyers don't appreciate the charm? Brightly-colored appliances are on trend now, but they won't be for long. Go for something more neutral and timeless like stainless steel or black.
Do you need help narrowing down your options and creating a plan for your kitchen remodel that fits your style, personality and budget? Contact us at Kitchen Tune-Up! We'd love to help you make your dream kitchen happen.