Home design trends come and go. That also applies to kitchens. We asked A-Team Custom Construction project manager D.J. Jacobsen what’s trending here in Lawrence kitchens.
Q: As you renovated kitchens for clients in the past year or so, what overall trends have you seen in the layout of kitchens?
A: Open floor plans are still very popular. Open kitchens with multiple islands.
Q: What's popular in flooring?
A: LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) flooring is by far the most popular.
Q: Are they putting the same flooring throughout the house or using something different for the kitchen?
A: Since most newer homes are open layouts, the flooring goes throughout. Even when a home is not an open layout, homeowners are converting to the same flooring throughout the home.
Q: Cabinet color and styles: Are we finally getting away from white cabinets?
A: Gray is becoming the most popular color, but we are still seeing a lot of white cabinets.
Q: What about the 2-color cabinets, with the lower ones a different color than the uppers?
A: Two-tone has also become very popular recently.
Q: Are kitchen islands being designed to stand out from the rest of the cabinets or blend in?
A: Islands are being designed to stand out.
Q: What's the popular countertop?
A: White Calacatta quartz. (Looks like marble but stronger and easier to maintain.)
Q: Are you seeing any new built-in kitchen appliances?
A: We have had built-ins in the last four kitchens we have done. Built-in ice makers, beverage refrigerators, and dishwashers to name a few. Espresso machines and coffee bars are wildly popular. We are seeing a trend of specific sections designed for specific purposes as well. Those sections vary widely on what the homeowners’ tastes and likes are.
Q: Are there any other trends in kitchens that you're seeing?
A: Pot fillers, open sinks, shaker doors, flat trim, and more canned lighting so there are fewer fixtures.