YOUR kitchen might have been trendy 10 or 15 years ago, but the features that were sought-after then are dating it now.
Don’t worry: interior design experts shared the easy ways to update your space.
The team at Martha Stewart spoke to interior design experts who broke down the kitchen trends that were once hot, but are now definitely not.
Here are the problem areas to look for, and the changes you can make today to refresh your space.
For a long time, granite countertops were the end-all, be-all of a luxury kitchen.
Now, they indicate a lack of creativity and an old-fashioned sensibility, experts warn.
Lathem Gordon and Cate Dunning, founders of GordonDunning, told Martha Stewart that you don’t need to ditch granite completely to update your look.
A more solid granite, like Absolute Black, will look modern without sacrificing durability.
“We always suggest a honed finish,” the experts added.
If you’re willing to part with granite, try quartz for a hardy finish, or give soapstone or marble countertops a try.
“They will chip and patina over time, and that is totally fine with us – maybe even preferred,” the designers said.
It gives your kitchen an infusion of personality. “We love that the kitchen will tell the story of baking cookies with family or a great meal with friends for years to come,” they told the outlet.
A hyper-minimalist look turned kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms into stark white spaces for years.
But designer Swati Goorha said the clinical look is officially over.
“I find white kitchens to be sterile and lacking personality,” Goorha explained. “There is so much room to customize the space you spend the most time in.
A warm, friendly color scheme is the way to go instead. “Kitchens tend to be the heart of the home, and they should evoke happiness and joy,” she added.
You don’t need to paint the walls or replace the cabinetry right away. Start with a smaller accent, like backsplash, that could benefit from a burst of color.
“Adding handmade tiles or glass tiles to infuse some personality to the heart of the home is always a yes,” Goorha said.
Need more justification for this kitchen overhaul? Just remember how difficult white walls, counters, and cabinets are to clean. Ugh.
For every rule, there’s an exception. Say yes to introducing color into your kitchen space, but say no to “quirky” appliances in shades like candy apple red and lemon yellow.
Home design expert Bobby Berk told the outlet that colorful appliances become a visual anchor for kitchen spaces.
If the room looks stale, it’s probably because your decor scheme is built around that green KitchenAid stand mixer.
Obviously, you don’t need to ditch a pricy appliance for the sake of aesthetics, but consider introducing a new hue, and trying to emulate Berk’s idea of a “two-tone color scheme.”
That will allow you to work the new color throughout the kitchen in new ways, and mix and match where you used to have limited options.
“Look to add pops of color with your table linens, dinnerware, kitchen towels, or even by adding pillows to each of your dining chairs,” he told the magazine.
Goodbye, “shabby chic” kitchen with chalky paint and rescued drawer pulls. If you want to keep things rustic, remember: farmhouse is out, but cottagecore is in.
“I would suggest creating a space that incorporates classic and contemporary styles without the distressed look,” Berk advised any homeowners trying to modernize a farmhouse kitchen.
A few modern accents here and there will do a lot of heavy lifting, and you can add more small changes over time.
“Try offsetting your exposed brick with some eye-catching light, opting for smooth wood finishes, or even swapping out black metals for gold and silver to create an elevated version of this style,” he said.
Or restrict your “farmhouse” accents to practical aspects of the kitchen, like tools and supplies, so you can keep the same energy without replicating a Pinterest page in 2012.
“Layering cutting boards in all shapes and sizes creates the perfect farmhouse look without needing to make major updates,” Berk said.