This week, Forbes reported on eight trends to avoid when considering a kitchen remodel. Having helped remodel and design a fair amount of kitchens, and making my share of mistakes, as well coming up with some winning ideas along the way, I agree with Forbes on some points, and totally disagree on others.
Kitchens are personal and you should, up to a point, design them for your needs and desires. But I absolutely agree with the common notion that you don’t want to design a kitchen that looks dated in a few years.
Omega tambour corner wood kitchen appliance garage.
Appliance garages waste valuable counter real estate. I thought these went out in the 80s, along with exaggerated shoulder pads and parachute pants. And, really, who wants to hide their tangerine KitchenAid mixer?
Trash compactors stink. Enough said.
Kitchen desks are never used. I’ll concede that they’re not for everyone but, in several houses, I’ve had a desk in the kitchen – built-in or a white farm table converted into a desk, complete with a pull-out for my keyboard. I loved working in the hub of the house. Kids can use them for homework, and a kitchen mini office makes an ideal spot for handling bills, making grocery lists and other household admin chores.
Franke MHX710-36 stainless steel sink.
Farmhouse sinks are a trend that appears to be subsiding. A single-bowl farmhouse sink in the right kitchen is not only practical but will look timeless. The Forbes piece calls for a stainless sink if you’re seeking one that will always be in style. I’ll meet them halfway with a stainless farmhouse sink.
What I would have added to the list:
Kraus commercial pre-rinse chrome kitchen faucet.
They look like robotic assembly line arms and don’t need to be the focal point of most home kitchens. Plus, these pre-rinse faucets have a powerful spray that can make a mess, and they use more water than a conventional faucet. Unless you’re doing dishes for the whole neighborhood, rethink the pre-rinse faucet.
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