The buzz at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show is once again all about the Internet of Things, including a new array of smartphone-operated appliances. But according to designers, aesthetics — not gadgets — is what is on the minds of consumers looking to upgrade or renovate their kitchens in 2015. Topping the list is the trend toward “modern traditional,” a cross between urban sophistication and country comfort.
Designers all have their own takes on what’s in and what’s out. In the barrage of trend predictions that accompanied the start of the New Year, though, “modern traditional” or elements that contribute to that style made most designers’ lists.
According to an article in Forbes, “homeowners are shunning ultra-sleek, contemporary kitchens in favor of spaces that are ‘warm, homey and reflect themselves.'” Modern traditional combines elements of both styles, such as pairing stainless with rustic woods or wood with marble.
Furniture-style cabinetry and furnishings are also characteristic of this style. Instead of flat-panel doors, cabinets have classic door profiles, such as Shaker doors. Dominant colors tend to be neutrals, with grays and even black among the most popular.
Warm metals, such as bronze, copper and gold, along with vibrant tones like orange and red in appliances or furniture, add a splash of color and sophistication. Eye-catching wallpapers and textured surfaces add another layer of visual interest.
Modern traditional reflects how the kitchen has replaced the great room as the social hub of the home — a place not only to cook but also to entertain.
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