Designers around the country share the home design materials and colors their clients are asking for.
1. Wood Features That Warm Up White Kitchens
As we’ve continued to report, white cabinets aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. In fact, 43% of renovating homeowners will choose white cabinets, according to the 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study. But that doesn’t mean the entire kitchen will become white on white on white. Warmth is key to any balanced design scheme, and the quickest way to provide that is with good old-fashioned wood. Many designers are introducing wood in kitchens with white cabinets to lessen the stark feel and add texture.
“As a whole, people are looking to ‘warm up’ the white kitchen,” New Jersey designer Virginia Toledo of Toledo Geller says. “A white kitchen will always be tried and true but can lack personality. We are integrating wooden stained islands, butcher block and wooden backsplashes more and more.”
In this New York kitchen, Toledo incorporated a butcher-block chopping station on casters and white oak wood boards on the island and sink wall.
2. Picket Tiles
“I love picket tiles right now,” Virginia designer Sarah Kahn Turner says. Just what are they? Think of the top of a picket fence but mirrored on the opposing end. Or better yet, imagine an elongated hexagon. Either way, it’s a subtle geometric shape that makes a big statement.
Turner used miniature picket tiles for the backsplash in the kitchen shown here.
3. Blue, Black and Soft White Cabinets
While white cabinets still dominate, some designers are seeing more clients open to other options. Designer Jennifer Jacob of Builders’ General Supply is seeing a shift from requests for gray-painted cabinets to black and navy blue. “I believe the addition of navy to the current design elements of white and wood make a beautiful transition from the gray,” she says.
She points to this white, wood and navy kitchen by Imagine Design as a good example of what’s to come.