Thursday, February 8, 2024

11 Trending Kitchen Ideas

Large kitchen with wood cabinets an marble island.

Are you planning a kitchen remodel in 2024? It's crucial to avoid designs that may feel outdated in a few years. Start your remodeling plans by exploring the latest kitchen design trends for 2024. 

We've delved into past trends, consulted with experts, and even glimpsed into the future to identify eleven enduring kitchen design trends that will withstand the test of time. Here they are: 

1. Solid Surface Backsplash 

The use of slab or solid surface backsplashes is a common theme in new kitchens for 2024. Stone, especially dramatic marble or veined stone looks, is a favored choice. Coordinating the backsplash with the island is a hot trend, providing a cohesive and visually stunning appearance. 

2. Warmer Colors & the End of Gray 

Bid farewell to gray as warmer colors take the spotlight. Beige, greige, and cream are making a comeback, accompanied by color-infused neutrals like blushes and corals. Green tones, such as sage and olive, are popular accent colors. Blue and black, creatively applied, can also evoke warmth. 

3. Layered Lighting 

Instead of bold or statement lighting in the kitchen, in 2024, layering is on trend for lighting. Layering simply means that the light itself is taking center stage rather than the fixtures. That means canned lighting, understated fixtures, sconces, under-cabinet accents, even lamps. 

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Galley kitchen  with two tone cabinets an gold and black hardware.

4. Natural & Organic 

Move away from overly refined materials and embrace natural elements like stone, cement, wood, rattan, and wicker. Neutral colors and warm metals for hardware contribute to a natural and organic feel, bringing simplicity and nature into the kitchen. 

5. Blending Styles 

Personalization is key in 2024, and mixing design styles is a great way to add life to your kitchen. Contrasting elements, such as rustic and modern or vintage and minimalist, coexist harmoniously. Experiment with different cabinet, floor, and countertop styles to achieve a cohesive yet diverse look. 

6. Secondary Kitchen Spaces 

Beyond the main kitchen, secondary kitchen spaces are gaining prominence. Butler's pantries, coffee-making stations, wet bars, and eat-in kitchens provide functional and distinct areas within the kitchen for various purposes. 

7. Statement Appliances 

Make a statement in your kitchen by introducing standout appliances, with stoves and hoods being the top choices in 2024. Vibrant colors, stylish designs, and charming features can visually anchor your kitchen design. 

Kitchen sink with Gold faucet and marble backsplash.

8. Gold Finishes 

It’s been a while since gold tones were favored in kitchen design, but with the return of warmer color palettes, gold is now the number one choice in 2024 for kitchen finishes. Use it for cabinet knobs and pulls, faucets, lighting, and accents throughout the space.  

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9. Wood Grain Cabinets 

Embrace the warmth of natural, unstained wood grain cabinets. Oak and walnut are trendsetting choices, bringing rustic warmth and coziness to the kitchen. Lighter-colored woods maintain a sense of airiness while infusing warmth into the design. 

Vintage style kitchen with farmhouse sink and wood cabinets.

10. Vintage Styling 

Vintage elements are making a comeback, offering a nostalgic and personalized touch to the kitchen. Even small additions, like a farmhouse sink or country-inspired valances, can evoke a vintage vibe. Combining vintage elements with contemporary design is a popular trend for 2024. 

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11. Quartz Countertops 

According to a survey taken by the National Kitchen & Bath Association, 73% of respondents said they preferred quartz for their kitchen countertops. It’s easy to maintain, heat and stain tolerant, and looks spectacular. 

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Innovating Everyday Elegance: Exclusive Interview with Leading Bath Designer

Large white and gray bathroom with double vanity by James Martin.

James Martin Vanities, a leading name in the world of bath cabinetry, has consistently set the standard for innovative and stylish vanity designs that work with you in your everyday routines. We talked with James Martin designer, Erin Sullivan, to delve into the brand's creative process, style evolution, customer-centric approach, and the integration of technological advancements to find out what’s behind this favorite brand. 

Balancing Customization and Functionality 

James Martin stands out for its commitment to addressing consumer preferences and adding functionality for daily rituals. 

“We have always looked to the custom vanity industry for trends in consumer preferences when it comes to bath cabinetry,” said Sullivan.  Their fully modular collections were designed to offer features that are typically incorporated into custom bath design so customers can find exactly what they want without the custom price tag. 

The team focuses on incorporating features like makeup counters and countertop storage units to meet the needs of users. By staying attuned to emerging design trends, the brand ensures that its products are not just functional but also aesthetically pleasing. 

Large modular vanity with two stations in gray classic styling by James Martin.

Furniture Fusion for Ultimate Style 

The foundation of James Martin's brand lies in offering vanity cabinets that resemble fine furnishings with high standards of craftsmanship.  

Sullivan said, “We honor the legacy of handcrafted furniture by staying in tune with relevant and emerging design trends in the interior design and furnishings industry.  We attend leading trades shows where the latest trends are introduced and follow global trends from shows in Paris and Milan while also leaning on research from the bath industry as well as many other industry influences in helping to make well rounded and well-informed decisions on new design concepts.” 

Drawing inspiration from furniture design and various industry trends, James Martin remains at the forefront of emerging design preferences. 

Collaboration from Start to Finish 

A collaborative brand, James Martin takes feedback from their customers as well as talented European designers.  

One remarkable example of customer feedback shaping James Martin's designs is the inclusion of aluminum laminate drawer liners. This feature, unique to James Martin Vanities, was introduced based on customer concerns about keeping drawer bottoms clean.  

“This feature has become one our most valued signature features that sets our vanities apart in the industry,” said Sullivan.  

James Martin vanity in a large, bright bathroom in dark wood.

Integrating Technology 

Embracing technological advancements, James Martin consistently reviews opportunities to introduce new, relevant features that enhance the consumer's daily experience without compromising the brand's aesthetic. This forward-thinking approach ensures that the brand remains synonymous with elegance and modern convenience. 

“We are consistently reviewing opportunities for new, relevant, features that add value to our product and to the consumer experience in ways that allow us to stay true to our brand,” said Sullivan. 

James Martin Vanities' creative journey is a testament to its commitment to excellence, customer satisfaction, and staying at the forefront of design innovation in the world of bath cabinetry. 

Check out James Martin Vanities at DecorPlanet today. 

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