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2015 Top Kitchen Trends
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Every Mainer has their way of approaching a snow day.

For some, it’s a chance to ski fresh powder; for others, it’s a time to build pillow forts or bake cookies with home-bound kids. 

Others fully embrace the elements, getting a snowshoe workout in or taking on the car scraping, snow blowing, and #blizzelfies with zest.

But sometimes, the best approach when the wind is whipping and it’s 3 below is to switch on your gas fireplace, call the plow guy, and indulge in a day off. After all, it’s the perfect chance to curl up with your laptop, iPad, or favorite design magazine, comb through photos of dream living spaces, and plan your renovation in time for spring.

We fully support it.

And if you’re looking for a little confirmation of your impeccable taste, the Maine Coast Kitchen Design team has assembled some of 2015’s top kitchen trends just for you. 

Here’s a little sample of what you can expect to see more of this year:

Neutrals - but hold the beige.

Every year, Houzz.com conducts a survey of over 75,000 homeowners planning to renovate, and this year we were given a sneak preview of the report. On the topic of colors, Houzz confirmed a trend we’ve noticed in practice: three out of four renovators are choosing neutral palettes dominated by greys and whites. Greys present a natural and calming backdrop; and unlike tans or beiges, they pair well with a whole range of accent colors: from watery summer palettes to deep fall tones and bright holiday crimson. Even Marsala, Pantone’s controversial color of the year, is flattered by the right tone of grey.

Measured use of strong color.

Like the wine it’s named after, the aforementioned Marsala is best used in moderation. We recommend trying it for a small pop of color in a piece of wall art, a candle, or a cookbook on display – something that can easily be changed out if the trend doesn’t last. This advice doubles if you’re looking to sell in the near future, as only 14 percent of the Houzz survey respondents said they favor bold and dramatic colors – a group that skewed younger. It could be that Pantone was inspired by Gen Y, which the Huffington Post has aptly dubbed “Gen Wine,” in their color choice for this year. Or perhaps they were simply snowed in like the rest of us, daydreaming by the fire with a goblet in hand. 

Alternatives to stainless steel.

People still love stainless appliances, but we expect to see more variety this year, with different colored appliances and various panel options worked into the mix. Creative appliance concealment can create a cozier space that transitions better with the rest of your décor – particularly if your kitchen is open to a living room, dining room, or great room. 

Creative organization and storage solutions.

Today’s kitchen is no longer a hidden-away work area, so organization and order are more important than ever. Smart storage solutions like under-sink drawers rather than cabinets and corner-drawer systems over Lazy Susans are becoming more popular. Our designers and custom cabinetmakers have collaborated on these types of ideas for years, but only recently have sites like Houzz and Pinterest brought the best and most creative ideas to the mainstream. 

Which reminds us… we have some new photos to upload! Be sure to follow us on Houzz and Pinterest to stay up to date on our latest projects. And when you’re ready to get yours started, we hope you’ll reach out.

Till then, stay warm.


-Tina Richardson and
the Maine Coast Kitchen Design team

 
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