Colorful Kitchens

Three kitchen trends in one 

April 25, 2019
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colorful kitchens, and fridges, are a big trend in remodeling

There are three top kitchen trends, according to Elle H-Millard, Industry Relations Manager for NKBA and 2018 Pro Remodeler Forty Under 40 winner: “color, color, color.”

The 1970s kitchen saw avocados and mustards: “a very dirty palette,” says H-Millard. The 1980s and ’90s ushered in black appliances. Now, after years of generic stainless steel, people are itching for color again, H-Millard says. Specifically, they’re looking for bold, dark, heavily saturated punches of colors that span the entire rainbow: reds, yellows, greens, and blues. That’s especially true on the luxury end of kitchen appliances, such as with BlueStar, which has been using color for a few years. 

Some manufacturers, such as Thermador, are offering to cover appliances in custom prints. Smeg has partnered with the fashion label Dolce & Gabbana to create printed refrigerators and other appliances. On the other hand, when they’re not standing out, appliances are blending in, with customized cabinetry covers that integrate them with the rest of the kitchen.

Meanwhile, the non-luxury market is currently in transition mode—veering away from stainless and into matte black, silver, and gunmetal as well as mixed metals. “The mass market has not yet caught on to color just yet, but by next year we’ll see some of the bigger manufacturers incorporating colors,” H-Millard says.

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Novid Parsi is a freelance writer living in Chicago. 

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Bravo! Elle’s so right and I’m really excited to see the color shake-up industry wide and have always been a fan of customizing for personality design for my clients. For my own recently completed kitchen, I used the integrated refrigerator front as an art opportunity with a vintage lobby poster of “Auntie Mame” and her famous quote, “Life’s a Banquet!” As a Transformer Designer, I love to treat glass door cabinets with removable painted back panels for quick changes. Mine are changed out every few months with a fun, new vintage display. Elle’s right and I love seeing color and customization on front stage!

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