When considering a kitchen remodel, everyone loves to browse through home and garden magazines. They watch the latest home improvement shows to see what’s trending and create thousands of Pinterest boards on kitchen design ideas. Many homeowners want to see how their neighborhood is remodeling as well, so Houzz created a way to stay up to date with your area! Here are the results of the top kitchen renovation projects people love and want to implement into their homes!

Kitchen Design Ideas: Top 4 Trends to Transform Your Space

Super Kitchens Are In

Houzz coined the term “super kitchens” to describe a multi-purpose, all-in-one hub of the home. Nearly half of the homeowners they surveyed made the decision to open up their kitchen to the rest of the house and, in some cases, to the outdoors. Today’s kitchens continue to evolve beyond a place where meals are prepared. Entertaining, socializing, homework, or just hanging out – 60% of homeowners are now spending three or more hours a day in their kitchens.

Customized features such as coffee stations, pastry counters, and wine refrigerators are becoming more common, as are high-tech workstations. The super kitchen of today is now a true family room, with layouts and design elements that blur the line between where the kitchen ends and the rest of home begins.

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A Vintage Flavor 

Homeowners are moving away from ultra-sleek kitchens and embracing kitchen design ideas that blend contemporary style with vintage flair. Designers see it as looking to the past for a sense of comfort and welcome it as a way to introduce a cozy and welcoming vibe.

There’s been a recent resurgence of designing a kitchen that is functional yet timeless and, most importantly, reflects a family’s true lifestyle. This trend works well with Northern Virginia kitchen designs – an area steeped in history and tradition.

Homeowners are choosing retro-style countertop appliances that add a nostalgic air to their contemporary cooking area. And while vintage used to mean the 1920s, nowadays it can refer to the 1960s Nordic-style kitchen that some people are embracing. It also alludes to the color-clad appliances of the same time period. Whatever trend they choose, homeowners are having fun taking a trip to the past to help them design their kitchen of the future.

Muted Color Palettes

Though white motifs continue to rule, there’s a move towards soft, muted color palettes. Bold primary colors will be put on the back burner as neutral pastels, grays, and tinted whites get used for everything from cabinets to backsplashes. Homeowners are also choosing lighter wood tones, including white oak, walnuts, and whitewashed woods. Neutrals are both soothing and versatile, making them a trend that’s likely to last for quite some time.

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Engineered Materials

So realistic that they almost rival the real thing, engineered materials are taking their place in the spotlight. Gone are the manufactured materials of the past that looked fake and drab. Today’s engineered stone, board, and tile look nearly as good as their natural counterparts. Better yet, they’re often more durable, easier to maintain, and less expensive than the originals.


Designers and homeowners are choosing an engineered stone that looks like marble for countertops and backsplashes. Vinyl floor tiles are waterproof and can mimic premium stone, and engineered hardwood supports foot traffic in your space.

Creating the Perfect Remodel Every Time

At Abbey Design Center, we like to remind our clients that there’s a difference between trends and fads. There’s no need to worry about adapting the latest kitchen trends. The key is to use kitchen design ideas that reflect your lifestyle, preference, and passion. It’s the sure way to end up with a kitchen that will serve you well for many years to come.


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