When considering a kitchen makeover, it’s natural to look to rising trends. Things like open shelving, exposed brick and statement range and vent hoods are hot right now and bend more toward modern design, though we suspect they are not fleeting. Both functional and eye-catching, these trendy design elements can elevate any kitchen and enliven the overall aesthetic. So whether you are looking to update your kitchen, or are just dreaming of doing so, let these images, pulled from projects by local designers and builders, inspire you.
TREND: Statement range and vent hoods
“Range hoods can evoke the heart of a home. This is where the cooking happens,” says Ridley Wills of The Wills Company, speaking to the incorporation of statement range hoods. “Whether it is a standout feature or concealed, a well-vented hood should be a necessity for any kitchen that hopes to function well for actual cooking. To me, it is fun to create a design statement with the hood whenever a kitchen’s style calls for it!”
Previously hidden and disguised, this necessary piece of kitchen ventilation is now taking center stage in many homes. Fashioned with interesting metals, stone and tile, these range and vent hoods are begging to be noticed. Below are examples of some of our favorite statement range and vent hoods, but you will be sure to spot them again when married with open shelving and exposed brick trends featured later on in this article.
TREND: Open shelving
There has been a rise in incorporating open shelving in kitchens over the past few years, and folks are jumping at the opportunity to make their shelving a focal point. “Open shelving in kitchens is the perfect solution to maximizing the size of a kitchen. By eliminating upper cabinetry, the room feels larger, and also offers the homeowner a place to display beautiful or sentimental items,” says Julie Couch of Julie Couch Interiors of the growing trend. “My clients are asking for more simple, straightforward designs, so the uniformity and repetition of white dishes or silver pieces creates a functional, elegant and timeless kitchen.”
TREND: Exposed brick
Many times, exposed brick is synonymous with farmhouse — or rustic — living. We are always thrilled to see exposed brick in this setting but are nothing short of elated to notice the trend being incorporated in a variety of designs. “Brick is easy to care for, making it a very practical choice for all ‘chefs’ … it is a great choice for backsplashes because it can blend in so many different styles of kitchens: Southern traditional, industrial and European,” a designer at Christopher Architecture & Interiors shares.
Still looking for more kitchen inspiration? Pour yourself another cup of coffee and scroll through StyleBlueprint’s Pinterest page, where you’ll find inspiration for days!