New kitchen material trends

In spirit of the holiday season, we’re continuing our conversation about kitchens. This is one room in your home where material selections are key, polishing off your design plan and curating your style. Think of them as the accessories to an outfit! Let’s dish on some new kitchen materials worth considering, whether you seek a simple update to help freshen your space or are planning for a larger undertaking like a total room remodel.

Get a handle on the hardware.

Rose gold is all the rage in the metallics world these days and it truly transcends any aesthetic. It can play the part of a perfect finishing touch in your kitchen, whether we’re talking uber modern or shabby chic.

{Rose gold looks superbly sophisticated against a neutral backdrop like crisp, white cabinets and adds a subtle warmth, too! From: Century Hardware.}

{Rose gold looks superbly sophisticated against a neutral backdrop like crisp, white cabinets and adds a subtle warmth, too! From: Century Hardware.}

Reviving the reclaimed.

Not everything in your home needs to come straight a manufacturer. A few components in your kitchen, for example display shelving, can be custom-made simply and cost-effectively from up-cycled materials such as reclaimed wood. Pieces with a some history add a little character to a space and some elements of your design can make for great conversation starters, too. After all, doesn’t everyone seem to always congregate in the kitchen?

{So this take on a “new kitchen material,” but perhaps older in spirit, is great for those looking for a little hands-on project. From: Houzz.}

{So this take on a “new kitchen material,” but perhaps older in spirit, is great for those looking for a little hands-on project. From: Houzz.}

Distinct appliance designs.

Families with little ones meet your new best friend; the slate appliance finish. No longer must you tirelessly battle to keep fingerprints and smudges at bay!

{Thanks to GE, this matte finish is virtually maintenance-free. Their slate suite is also an excellent option for those that prefer an alternative to the traditional, polished look of stainless steel. From: GE.}

{Thanks to GE, this matte finish is virtually maintenance-free. Their slate suite is also an excellent option for those that prefer an alternative to the traditional, polished look of stainless steel. From: GE.}

Countertops contenders.

A stain and bacteria resistant rock material, soapstone is commonly used in laboratories but is finding its way into our homes by way of kitchen countertops for those very reasons. The stone adds an element of character to your space, especially with a little wear and tear from use.

{Soapstone is a green option, although not the most cost-effective. However, it’s durability can withstand the test of time making it worth the investment. From: Remodeling Image.}

{Soapstone is a green option, although not the most cost-effective. However, it’s durability can withstand the test of time making it worth the investment. From: Remodeling Image.}

Our kitchens can tell a story just by their design, after all “kitchens are made to bring families together.” I encourage you to embrace the possibilities with new materials; not every countertop must be granite nor every appliance stainless steel. Hopefully, I’ve given you some food for thought! But most of all, have fun in conveying your personal style and customizing your kitchen’s finishing touches.

April Pardoe