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Outdated Kitchen Trends You Should Avoid

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and according to industry experts, upgrading your kitchen could increase its value by as much as 10%. So it’s only logical that many homeowners look to redesign their kitchens not just to make it more attuned to their tastes, but also to increase the value of their home. However, as important as a good kitchen renovation can be, it’s important to avoid certain outdated kitchen trends that could have the opposite effect to your intentions.

White Kitchens

White kitchens belong in hospitals and company offices, not in homes. They are empty of any sense of joy and their sterility goes against the spirit that a family looks to have in the kitchen.

Furthermore, it’s hard to keep a white kitchen looking, well, white. Over time, that pure white brown and yellow and take on the colours of all the spills and crumbs that you couldn’t clean away well enough. What you need is colour.

Farmhouse Modern

Farmhouse modern used to be one of those trends that made kitchens feel wholesome, but as coastal grandmother and cottagecore styles have risen in popularity, farmhouse modern has begun to look stuffy. Luckily, farmhouse modern can be rejigged by incorporating classic and modern styles. For instance, you can offset exposed brick with smooth wood cabinet refinishing, or changing the black metals with gold ones.

If you want to ditch farmhouse modern for coastal grandmother or cottagecore, you should do so gradually, building the style out slowly. For example, you can layer cutting boards of different shapes and sizes.

Bold Colored Appliances

We said all-white is sterile, but that doesn’t mean you should have bold colors everywhere. Appliances are the wrong place to have bold colors. This is a bad idea because appliances are an important part of the overall style of your kitchen. If you have a bold colored appliance, you can’t just repaint it, often, you will have to replace it, and that is a very costly mistake to make. Appliances should have neutral colors, so that you can be free to change the overall design theme of your kitchen, without thinking about changing your appliances. 

Granite

Granite can be very gaudy. It can look great on a backsplash, countertop, or hardware, but if the mix is wrong, it can make your kitchen look like it belongs on the set of the movie Scarface. Granite is so easy to get wrong. Granite countertops, for one, are something that you should think about replacing with a soapstone or marble countertop. Although these are less durable options than granite, they look and feel better and their fragility is a plaus because they will force you to refresh your kitchen style, and, even if you don’t replace it, those bruises and chips will tell a story of past meals and memories shared.

If it bothers you to have a more fragile countertop, you could look to get a quartz countertop, or to use Absolute Black granite countertops. These are sturdier options with a much more attractive and softer image. 

 

Jacob Maslow is a Columnist at Disrupt Magazine. Based in the Middle East, he specializes in Journalism. He is the founder and editor of several news sites including Legal Scoops and Streetwise Journal.

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