9 Kitchen Design Trends to Absolutely Avoid

While some kitchen trends might appeal to you, they may not appeal to others — homebuyers, in particular.

Guest Post by HomeAdvisor

Are you considering making some kitchen improvements? Or investing in an entire kitchen remodel? If so, make sure that you invest your money carefully. While some kitchen trends might appeal to you, they may not appeal to others — homebuyers, in particular. Here are some kitchen trends we suggest avoiding:

#1 Mixing metals

Never mix metals in your kitchen. Go all bronze, all copper or all stainless steel, but don’t put them arbitrarily together. This may look a little too eclectic for the average homebuyer, and you don’t want to have to replace hardware or fixtures.

#2 Creating your own counters

You might think that creating your own concrete counters will save you money, but it could actually do more harm than good. Instead, hire a professional. Or, look into alternatives like granite, quartz and other solid surface materials, which are also long lasting and visually appealing.

#3 Imitation open shelving

Open shelving is really big right now — everything’s in open view. But simply taking the doors off of your cabinets isn’t going to cut it. In fact, it looks amateur and will make buyers wonder why it was done. If you really want open shelving, install actual open shelving. Or, go with glass-door cabinets.

#4 Using “fake wood” in the kitchen

Cabinet door materials like particleboard and vinyl and wood veneer may seem cost-effective, but they often look cheap and detract from the overall value of your kitchen as a result. Plus, these “fake wood” materials can sometimes come with more maintenance and repairs than you want to deal with. When it comes to your kitchen cabinets, invest in the best materials possible.

#5 Going for an industrial look

The Industrial look — stainless steel counters, exposed ducting and bulbs, and metal shelves or cabinets — is on its way out. Unless you’re living in a loft, skip the exposed Edison bulbs and aluminum shelving and opt instead for lively materials that feel cozy and welcoming. If you need style ideas for your kitchen, talk to an experienced kitchen designer.

#6 Hiding your appliances

Specially created cabinets or “garages” take up a lot of counter space. Instead of wasting money on this, just store the moveable appliances in cabinets or cut down on how many you have. Keep the ones you use most often on the counter, but make sure it doesn’t look cluttered.

#7 Creating kitchen nooks

In the old days, kitchens nooks were dedicated to telephones, pull-down desks and other items. Nowadays, most people don’t use landlines — and most don’t want a desk in the kitchen either. If you have a nook, think about removing it. And certainly don’t add one;  it will only take up space that could be used more effectively.

#8 Diversifying appliance colors

Every year, appliance companies release products in trending colors. Don’t put stock in these. Instead, stick with reliable stainless steel — or go with black or white. And, when it’s time to sell, you won’t have to spend additional money refinishing or replacing the appliances.

#9 Wasting island space

A purposeful island is the perfect complement to a large kitchen. But if the island doesn’t have a strict purpose, it may serve only to obstruct the flow of the room. Make sure your island has a  clear purpose. Add a sink, a stove or counter space — whatever works best for the space and your budget.

Andrea Davis is the editor at HomeAdvisor, which connects homeowners with home improvement professionals in their area for free. Connect with Andrea on Google+

Lindsay is the the Director of Media Engagement for Coldwell Banker Real Estate and manages the brand’s media and social media department. She is also a licensed real estate professional. In 2017 & 2018, she was named a top 20 social influencer in the real estate industry in the annual Swanepoel 200 power rankings.

Lindsay lives in Livingston, NJ with her college sweetheart and now husband Joe and rwelcomed another Joe into her life as she became a mom in June 2016.

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  1. f.leemorey
    December 11, 2015

    If I may add one (you covered 99% of them) Iam dealing with a remodel where the previous owner tiled a 3×5 feet area in front of the sink and the rest of the house is hardwood floors (Acacia). Well, trying to match colors and grain on Acacia remnants has proven a challenge… that I am determined to WIN!

    Thank you for your contribution to a great website!

  2. Peter Klein
    December 16, 2015

    I would add try not to be too trendy. Are you going to love your “new” kitchen when it isn’t so new in a few years — but you are stuck with some outrageous tiles that seemed cool when you installed them? And before spending a lot of money on an usual built in appliance, ask yourself are you going to want it down the road – or would you rather have another cabinet or two?

  3. Chris Lincoln
    February 2, 2017

    One thing that isn’t covered in any of these articles is what cabinets to buy. No not which look. But what to look for in the product your about to buy. First off never go frameless, this design might give you the look you want. But the faceframe is the main support of your cabinets structure (will not last). Box store cabinets,yes they are wood. But they are put together with hot glue not wood glue. Now the finish.prefab cabinets use UV coating. A great finish, but does not adhere to wood properly and will flake after a few years. You’re kitchen is a big investment. Go with real custom. Find a real cabinet maker.i can’t tell you how many 5-10 year old kitchens I’ve had to replace. Your cabinets need to last long-term do yourself and or potential buyers don’t have to do a remodel every decade. And remember wood has been in style for a long time (ya forever). It will always be your best bet. Hope this helps you from making decisions that you’ll regret in just a couple years.

    • Victoria Keichinger
      February 3, 2017

      Thanks so much for sharing your expertise, Chris!

  4. Rei
    June 1, 2017

    Wood veneer IS real wood.


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