After 10 plus years plus of an interior tile color palette of browns and beiges, the trend line turned toward the use of white and grey color tiles , cabinets, along with countertops and flooring in a similar palette starting in 2012-13 or so. This shift was first seen in the NYC high end townhome market but has quickly escalated to the residential consumer. I think the main driving force first; it was time for a change, but more importantly the shift to having light, bright rooms not dark ones. White makes a room cheery; allowing natural light to enhance interiors has come to the fore.
The style, design and cost of all the components of a kitchen area is a very important decision since statistics have indicated that this is the main room that most couples and their family spends the most time, it also tends to be the main area where the most dollars will be spent. Good quality wood cabinets are pricey, granite or quartz countertops are the next big expense, and lastly the cost of flooring and wall tiles, but this is not as much and can have a bigger visual impact on the room’s look. Think of it like buying a men’s suit, a good suit is the highest cost, but the shirt and tie have just as much if not more impact on the overall look the buyer is trying to achieve.
In this article we will address how to choose these kitchen areas and how to achieve a lasting and contemporary look. The image below will be our focal point.
First we suggest choosing your cabinets, a design you like and hopefully all wood. The cabinets are the highest cost item and should last for many years. The cabinets in the illustration are a simple, clean design in all white with very hip nickel hardware.
Second selection should be the countertop color and edge detail. This countertop was done in pure Black Absolute Granite with an “eased” edge. Gone are the days for most homes of bullnose or ogee edge details. Eased edges are clean and modern.
The third selection is flooring. Flooring should complement the color choices and style of the first two selections; in our opinion it shouldn’t compete with the other colors, it should work with them in an unobtrusive but attractive way. In our example the flooring is 12″ x 24″ dark grey porcelain tile with no distinct pattern.
The last choice is the backsplash; this is the “necktie” choice of our kitchen. The backsplash can be almost any design or style, but since we have three dominant colors, white, black and grey, the designer chose the ever popular linear stone and glass mosaic, which our sister company first unveiled way back in 2006. We set the trend. This mosaic combines all three colors with a distinctive look that fits the overall tenor of our model kitchen.
We now have a very modern contemporary kitchen utilizing the most trendy and popular colors of the last few years.
This overall design captures a Timeless Look and Colors. A look that will work today and for many years to come.
Take your time and make the right decisions for your home.