It’s easy to end up with outdated kitchen trends because homeowners passionately follow the latest trends and technologies. Kitchen design trends come and go every year. Just like some of the most eternal, some stick around longer than others. However, renovating a kitchen is an expensive project, and any decision related to incorporating the latest trends should be taken with great care. Nobody wants to have a kitchen that follows any of these outdated kitchen trends, or the money to change their kitchen every day, after all.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Ruth Lavender, design expert at Benchmarx Kitchens, said: “When designing a new kitchen, there are so many different decisions to make.
“It’s important to think about the longevity of the space and how you use your kitchen every day. This will save you from falling into the trap of following fleeting trends and instead designing a kitchen that not only suits you and your family, but will also stand the test of time.
“Certain trends may suit some people and spaces more than others, so it’s important to only incorporate a trend if it’s right for you.
“Kitchen trends come and go, and I would recommend avoiding some if you want your design to remain timeless, so it can serve you for years to come.”
Here are five kitchen trends to avoid.
Orange oak cabinet doors were once the go-to, but now, according to the pro, they can make a kitchen look like it’s lost in time.
She said: “This outdated aesthetic can not only leave your kitchen feeling tired, but it also lacks that fresh, clean look that so many of us crave.
“When choosing orange oak cabinets, you are often limited by the type of furniture you can fit in, as the wood should ideally match the cabinets to create a cohesive feel to the room.”
For those who like to opt for wood-effect cabinetry, Ruth suggests considering sandstone or natural oak instead as they offer more neutral tones and provide a brighter, fresher feel.
She added: “Painted finishes – such as grey, white and cream – are also a great option, as are textured foil-wrapped doors, which offer the aesthetic of painted oak, with many other practical advantages.
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Bright colors (if you’re undecided)
While being bold with kitchen paint colors might seem like a great way to make a big impact at first, it can be something you end up getting tired of later.
Ruth explained: “If you have a tendency to change your mind, I recommend that you do not use bright colors, especially for your wardrobe door. While this might seem like a fun and exciting change, you might find yourself questioning the choice later.
Playing with color in the kitchen can add impact, but there are other ways to do it if you’re undecided.
The expert suggested: “If you really fancy a bright hue, you can introduce a feature wall, as it can easily be painted over if you get bored.
“You can also add pops of color to your accessories by choosing tableware, upholstery and accent details in the color you want. That way, if you decide to go back to basics, it won’t won’t involve completely redesigning your kitchen.
“If you really want color for your cabinet doors, an understated color may be the best option for you.
“Driftwood Blue is a great example of this – a hue for all seasons, it embodies the color of seawater while carefully integrating shades of gray and green to evoke feelings of calm and comfort.”
As the kitchen is often the busiest room in the house, a soft tone like this can provide a tranquil setting, more so than a bolder hue.
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Open shelving and glass cabinets (for those who are disorganized)
Open shelves and glass cabinets can be a great way to add character to your kitchen. However, if you are prone to clutter, this might not be the best feature to include in your design.
Ruth said: “If storage isn’t your strong point, I’d recommend opting for closed cabinet doors and smart storage solutions instead, to keep your counters clear and make sure everything in your kitchen in its place.
“Consider where you need storage, what items you need to store, and what you need access to the most. This will help you decide which types of storage will work best for you, where to place them, and what additional organizational solutions to incorporate.
The expert noted that built-in carousels are great for convenience because they allow you to quickly locate different utensils without having to scramble around the back of the cabinet.
Pot-and-pan drawers are another great option as they provide the depth to store bulkier items while still keeping them accessible.
Ruth added: “You can make the most of every square inch of your storage space with concealed drawers, wire shelving and storage baskets.
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Matching toaster, kettle and microwave
Often appliances like toasters, kettles and microwaves are thought of after the cooking is done.
Although matching and sometimes colored appliances have become a popular trend, consideration should be given to the longevity of these items, as they will likely need to be replaced after a few years.
The expert advised: “During the design process, consider integrating built-in appliances and an instant boiling water tap into your plans instead.
“While these features may require more planning than the freestanding alternatives, they will really take your kitchen design to the next level – while keeping surfaces uncluttered.”
If homeowners still want to buy their own appliances after the renovation, they can add storage space for the appliances in their design so that they are not in use. They can reside out of sight behind a closet door.
Breakfast bars and islands without comfortable seating
Breakfast bars and islands can work well, but homeowners should consider practicality before adding one into their design.
Ruth warned: “If there is no space to sit around them, or nowhere for the legs to hang down comfortably, then you may need to reconsider your design.
“I would always recommend including a ledge in the design, running across the top of the bar or island to provide ample leg room and a place to store stools when not in use.”
For those with kitchens that are too small for a breakfast bar or island, they may consider incorporating a seating area instead.
The expert noted, “Seating nooks are an ingenious way to save space and provide extra seating in your kitchen.
“Because they can be installed in bay windows, awkward corners or surrounding closets, they don’t take up much space and can also be used as additional storage if desired.
“They provide a great space for the kids to sit and play while you prepare the food, as well as extra entertaining space for friends and family.”
Designers may also recommend sitting areas if the kitchen is a multifunctional space, as this creates a more informal space for eating and relaxing.