Your kitchen may very well be the hardest working room in the house. But just because it’s functional doesn’t mean it can’t be fabulous. That’s what I love most about these five kitchen remodeling trends — they bring beauty, style and some unexpected charm to the heart of the home.
Brushed Brass Hardware
I like to think of hardware as jewelry for the kitchen. Lighting, faucets, knobs and pulls done up in a beautiful brushed brass add texture add shine to this space and brings a richness that nickel and steel just can’t beat.
2) Painted Cabinets
A classic white kitchen will always be in style, but if you’re looking for something a little more current, go for painted cabinetry in a rich shade of deep green or blue. Painting cabinets isn’t always easy, but it’s one of the more affordable ways to totally transform this hardworking space.
3) Single Basin Sinks
Though not a new trend, single basin sinks are definitely a lasting one. One large sink is so much more functional than two smaller ones—and sleeker looking, too.
4) Tiling to the Ceiling
When it comes to kitchens, taking your tile all the way to the ceiling is the best way to get the totally on-trend look you see in all the design magazines. If you’re looking to make a real splash in the kitchen, this is the way to do it.
5) Fuss-free Flooring
In the past, wood floors were too high maintenance for the kitchen. But thanks to the introduction of moisture-proof laminate options, you can get the look of hardwood without all the worry. Our moisture-resistant laminate in the Envique™ Collection is the perfect choice for areas prone to spills and dampness. Using the new HydroSeal™ technology, Envique planks resist water on both the surface and joints, helping prevent spills from seeping into the core. Envique has all the charm of traditional hardwood but is so much easier to maintain.
Erinn Valencich is a Los Angeles-based designer with a keen understanding of the classic California lifestyle. The granddaughter of a fine cabinetmaker and daughter of an architect, Valencich’s approach to design underscores the importance of craftsmanship and celebrates luxe, livable furnishings. As founder and lead designer of her firm, Valencich has spent the last 12 years designing homes of all sizes. Her custom furniture line, which was launched in 2005, has evolved into a 100-piece collection available at fine to-the-trade showrooms across the country. Her work has been featured in Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Town & Country, and House Beautiful, among other publications.