2011 KITCHEN REMODELING TRENDS (PART TWO)

January 31, 2011

Kitchen2011 KITCHEN REMODELING TRENDS (PART TWO)

Interior design is a constantly changing industry very similar to the fashion industry.  We see the new design trends of what’s hot and what’s not for the season being featured in magazines, newspapers and on television.  Trend knowledge is fun and can be helpful when designing / remodeling your home as well.  However, I don’t recommend incorporating trends just to be “trendy”.  It’s important to select the trends that will have staying power and that will work with your lifestyle, look and budget. 

Kitchen remodeling is the number one trend for 2011! 

Below is a list of the most “fashionable” kitchen trends for 2011:

  1. Kitchen Design:   green, minimalist & contemporary
  2. Flooring:  hardwood , stone & porcelain tile
  3. Cabinetry:  recycled materials, exotic woods & wood striations
  4. Countertops:  honed granite & engineered surfaces
  5. Backsplash:  glass tiles
  6. Cooking:  induction cook tops, speed ovens & steam ovens
  7. Refrigeration:  integrated refrigeration, refrigerator / freezer drawers & French Door
  8. Dishwasher:  dish drawer
  9. Wall Treatments:  wallpaper and bold paint colors
  10. Lighting:  LED

 

KITCHEN DESIGN:  The current outlook is definitely green.  Energy efficiency is one of the most sought after trends in the home building and design industry.  Many are requesting sleeker and more streamline kitchen designs with appliances built into the cabinetry for a seamless look.  People want a kitchen that is functional, easy to maintain with a “wow” factor added in.  Kitchens are no longer just rooms for food preparation and cooking so the design needs to become a harmonious blend of function and lifestyle.

Wide Plank FlooringKITCHEN FLOORING:  Hardwood floors are still all the rage because they are timeless and work with many styles.  For 2011 you’ll see wider planks, hand scraped or wire brushed planks and exotic woods.

Stone Tile is still strong for 2011 because of its natural beauty and longevity.  Stone is being showcased with different vein cuts which gives an old favorite like Travertine a new look.  

Porcelain tile, also known as an anti-microbial surface, is very popular for 2011.  It is waterproof, fade proof, dent proof and resistant to heavy foot traffic.  Especially popular are the porcelain tiles that look like wood.  Porcelain tiles are being sold in many sizes but the plank configurations are getting the most attention.  Porcelain tiles come in many colors and some even have metallic striations running through them.  They can be installed throughout the home and are great for backsplash applications and wall treatments. 

Both stone and porcelain floors offer many benefits uniquely to them.  They are clean, sleek and maintain their good looks for many years to come. 

For green flooring products you’ll see materials made from renewable resources such as bamboo, cork and marmoleum.

KitchenCABINETRY:   Cabinets are the most crucial component of your new kitchen or remodel.  Smooth, straight-lined, curved or eco style are the architectural forms of today’s cabinetry.  Organizational storage features within kitchen cabinets are becoming more sophisticated as people request cabinetry that is both practical and attractive.  A good kitchen design will include cabinetry with many drawers for storage, swivel or swing out shelves,  pull outs, roll outs behind cabinet doors and drawer organizers to name a few of the revolutionary storage options for cabinetry.  The trash pullout is the number one cabinet pullout; however trash compactors are starting to make a comeback…we’ll see what happens in the years to come. 

Under cabinet refrigerators, dishwasher drawers and speed ovens contribute to the new sleek look for kitchen design.  They are the newest trend because not only do they give your kitchen a minimalist look, but they are good space savers for small spaces. 

Long gone are the white washed oak cabinets.  If you like oak choose rift-cut or sawn-cut oak, which have a modern and clean vertical or horizontal striation within the wood.  The lighter hues for cabinetry are the past and have been replaced by richer tones of java, mocha and chestnut.  Cherry wood is still a very popular wood species for cabinetry but for something bold and beautiful try white cabinetry with accents of gray or mocha.  Distressed finishes have dropped significantly from last year. 

The shaker style and slab style are top on the list for contemporary design.

Recycled materials, exotic wood species and laminates are hot for 2011.  Try flip up cabinet uppers trimmed in aluminum with glass fronts to your modern kitchen design. 

Honed GraniteCOUNTERTOPS:   Granite is still the most requested material for countertops.  Honed and leathered granite tops are being requested and more patterns of granite are being fabricated with this finish.  Engineered surfaces are also popular but for those who request it because it’s trendy usually change back to granite when they find out the cost is just about the same.  Many prefer a solid surface for countertops than the once popular tiled surface.  There are many solid surfaces to choose from for kitchen countertops.

Linear Glass TileBACKSPLASH:  Let your backsplash become a work of art by creating a pattern using glass tiles, natural stone or tiles with a unique veining pattern.  A cool look for a backsplash is to use beach glass tile in an asymmetrical pattern in one color or for more pop try mini mosaic tiles in an array of colors.  The “linear” shaped tile is very popular for 2011.

Cook TopCOOKING:  Induction cook tops are very popular for 2011 and closing the gap on the gas cook top mainly because 80% of the heat is transferred to your pans compared to 40% from gas, making them very efficient. 

It’s all about the speed ovens this year because the speed ovens can work as a microwave, convection and grill all in one oven!  They are also more energy efficient because there is no pre-heating required (love that). 

 Steam Ovens are perfect for people who want to cook healthy.  Cooking with steam is a healthy way of cooking because it allows your food to retain the vitamins and minerals that are essential for healthy eating.  The flavors and moisture are also preserved which allows you to cook a delicious healthy meal.   Some brands offer a steam / convection combination. 

REFRIGERATION:  Integrated refrigeration is big for 2011 because it merges seamlessly into any décor with no visible hinges or grills.  It’s refrigeration where you want it!  The French door design is now beating out the ever so popular side-by-side or freezer bottom. Refrigerator and freezer drawers continue to be popular for 2011.  Stainless steel is still being requested.  For a seamless look use appliance panels that match the cabinetry.  For more information on integrated refrigeration click http://www.subzero.com/IntegratedRefrigeration

 

Dishwasher DrawerDISHWASHERS:   I’m very excited about Fisher & Paykels dish drawers!  They have a new energy efficient 36” single dish drawer that is wider than their previous styles.  It is spacious enough for nine place settings and can accommodate larger pots too.  It integrates nicely with today’s seamless contemporary kitchen designs.  Finally a dish drawer designed to perfection.  For more information click www.fisherpaykel.com   

Paintable WallpaperWALL TREATMENTS:  Wallpaper can be fresh and fun.  It can add color, glamour and warmth to any room.  Wallpaper got some attention in 2010 but look out its strong for 2011.  People are not just using it to accent a wall; they are covering entire rooms like they did in the past. 

What’s new is paintable wallpaper that is also washable, making it great for kitchens.  Metallic and tone-on-tone papers are being offered in an array of colors and patterns.  Look for hand painted textured papers and fabric that matches the wallpaper so you can cover your walls and your windows with the same pattern. 

For wall paint, boring colors are a thing of the past.  What’s new are bold colors, colors that make you feel alive.  Gone are the days of eggshell walls, look for brick red, burnt orange, grape, raspberry, navy, forest and olive green, mocha and dark grey.  Grey is huge for 2011, especially in kitchens.  If you’re not into deep colors and you want your walls to be painted neutral then I would suggest a creamy white, one that is soft not stark.  Watch out… hot pink is back!

 

 

LightingLIGHTING:  It seems everyone is opting for the more energy efficient LED lighting.  LED’s not only last longer but they use less energy.  What’s new is a warmer white light than the years past. 

Hand blown glass from Murano, Italy is still popular and the new color for 2011 is smoke.

For contemporary and green design, materials being used are linen, tweed, wool and thatch.  Many patterns have a global inspiration. 

Clusters of pendants are making a strong statement and if you really want drama select a fixture in a bright color or colored crystals. 

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Article by Cheryl Sandella, ASID Interior Designer, Fountain Hills, Arizona

©2011 Cheryl Sandella,  Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors, LLC. 

Cheryl SandellaAbout Cheryl:

Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer ASID Allied Member, works with her husband and partner of 30 years, Al Sandella, General Contractor. They own Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors in Fountain Hills Arizona and design, remodel and build homes in the valley. To read more about her go to www.sandella.net/aboutus/aboutus.html  

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2011 BUILDING AND REMODELING TRENDS (PART ONE)

January 18, 2011

Building and Remodeling2011 BUILDING AND REMODELING TRENDS (PART ONE)

Happy New Year!  Last year I wrote an article on the top trends for 2010 and it received a positive response so I’m excited to bring you the top trends for home building and remodeling for 2011.  I’ll be dividing it into two articles so part two will follow shortly.  Since more and more people are choosing to stay in their homes longer, it has caused home remodeling to become the number one trend for 2011 with kitchen and bathroom remodels at the top of the list.  New custom home builds are beginning to peak again, but for 2011 the trend is for smaller, more practical and green homes.  Whether you’ll be building a custom home from scratch or remodeling an existing home keep these new ideas in mind for your 2011 projects: 

 

Smaller HomesSmaller Homes:

In 2010 it was rumored that the shift would be to build custom homes on a smaller scale.  For 2011 it is happening, with the square footage shrinking down about 10 – 15%.  The trend has shifted to an awareness level of being value conscious and living realistically.  Even though smaller square footage is being requested, quality materials and finishes are in no way being compromised.  

The footprint is able to shrink down because rooms are requested to be more multi-purpose and multi-functional.  Organized space with integrated storage solutions will create a home to feel more spacious and uncluttered. 

The craving is for warm and clean–line design with a fusion of contemporary and traditional styles. 

Kitchen/Family Room ComboThe Design

Since the trend is moving towards smaller homes, the floor plan will allow for an open layout to incorporate multi-functional rooms.   Today’s family wants an open and adaptable floor plan that’s comfortable and versatile.  This type of plan allows a room to multifunction, particularly in kitchens / family rooms where cooking, dining, gathering and entertaining can take place. 

 Even though the square footage is shrinking people don’t want to feel closed in.  High ceilings, wider doorways and halls, master bedroom suites and open gathering spaces are still pleasing and make a smaller home feel more open and spacious. 

For existing homes, removing interior walls will create an open and flexible floor plan and improve the flow; therefore, creating versatility for families who love to gather and entertain.  The open floor plan, particularly kitchen and family room, appeals to an enormous segment of the population.  These types of renovations are practical and wise for re-sale.

Home OfficeThe Home Office:

Home –based businesses are still growing and with today’s technology, it makes working from home very feasible.  Home offices are in such demand for both those who own home-based businesses as well as those who don’t.  The home office serves as a room to have a working space where the computer and other equipment is kept.      

In remodel projects a spare bedroom, garage bay or a portion of the family room will be renovated to create the ideal space for the office location.   If there isn’t any additional space then an addition is requested to accommodate a home office.  Either way, the trend is to have a room or area that is private, quiet and out of the traffic pattern. 

Green BuildingGreen and Efficient:

The present outlook is still green with energy efficiency being top of the list.  You can begin with energy efficient windows, solar panels, tankless water heaters, LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances, low VOC paints and stains or take all measures necessary to completely reduce your carbon footprint. 

The changing homeowner is looking for easy maintenance, high quality materials and integral smart systems that can easily transition their home to be greener, healthier and smarter. 

The tax credits have been extended for another year so it only makes sense to take advantage of the savings and update your home using these durable and sustainable materials.

Outdoor Living SpacesOutdoor Living Spaces:

With the trend of smaller homes comes the idea of larger outdoor living spaces.  Expanding the interior living space to the outdoors is being highly requested for home remodels in 2011.  These outdoor living spaces can be simple or elaborate and should fuse properly with the homes architecture.  Some designs are multi-leveled and contain different seating areas, fire pits, hot tubs and outdoor kitchens with the intention of creating a “resort style” atmosphere. 

The outdoor kitchen tops the list with requests for large BBQ areas with counters to cook and serve on.  Sinks, refrigerators and storage compartments complete the space. 

Whether you’re building a custom home or renovating an existing home keep abreast of these popular trends.  Having this information will help guide you when it comes to complete your wish list.  Our lives change and with that our needs change.  We want our home design to change with us as well.  Make smart decisions to keep your house current if you should ever decide to sell. 

Stay tuned for part 2 which will feature kitchen, bath, floors and more! 

We hope you found this information helpful. Please feel free to comment…we’d love to hear from you!

Contact Sandella Custom Homes & Interiors for a FREE consultation

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Article by Cheryl Sandella, ASID Interior Designer, Fountain Hills, Arizona

©2011 Cheryl Sandella.  Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors, LLC. 

 

 

Cheryl SandellaAbout Cheryl:

Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer ASID Allied Member, works with her husband and partner of 30 years, Al Sandella, General Contractor. They own Sandella Custom Homes and Interiors in Fountain Hills Arizona and design, remodel and build homes in the valley. To read more about her go to www.sandella.net/aboutus/aboutus.html  

 

WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR NEWSLETTER, BLOG OR WEB SITE? You can, as long as you include this complete blurb with it: Cheryl Sandella, Interior Designer publishes a monthly eZine called “Bespoke Home”. If you want Tools, Tips and Guidance to design, remodel and custom home building, be sure to get your complimentary subscription at http://www.sandella.net 

Cheryl Sandella

 

Sandella LogoSandella Custom Homes & Interiors

PO Box 18132

Fountain Hills, AZ 85269

480.836.1543 – office

480.816.4233 – Cheryl’s personal line

http://www.sandella.net