Renovating a house seems to be one of America’s most popular pastimes these days. According to a recent Houzz survey of more than 70,000 Americans, spending on home renovations has increased by 15 percent in the last year. Leading the pack in this renovation trend are kitchens. With so many restrictions on dining out, many homeowners have taken to cooking at home and realized their kitchens could use some work. If you’re considering updating your North County kitchen, then take a look at these top renovations for a little inspiration.
Open-concept kitchens have fallen in popularity as a result of the pandemic. With so much time spent at home, homeowners are looking for ways to create more privacy. It’s a classic design that helps the kitchen flow into the next room. Even the National Kitchen & Bath Association has deemed the L-shaped kitchen the design of 2021.
Bigger kitchen islands
We still love our kitchen islands in 2021. In fact, we love them so much that they’re getting bigger. Kitchen islands are a great multi-purpose space. Not only can you do all your food prep in one spot, but you can also use it for at-home learning or for additional workspace during a Zoom meeting. They’re also great for extra storage and for casual meals.
Darker color schemes
White has been the king of kitchen colors for many years. But 2021 has ushered in a new era. Kitchen designs this year have favored darker colors, especially black and dark green. Earthy tones are popular, as are dark countertops.
The kitchen isn’t often thought of as a place to display framed art. But that’s a trend that’s changing. In 2021, more and more people are incorporating their favorite pieces into their kitchen designs, especially vintage paintings and prints. Just keep them away from the stove or places where they might get splattered.
It’s not surprising that more homeowners are looking for ways to bring natural light into their homes. With so much time spent indoors over the last year, it’s been important to connect with nature as much as possible. Sunshine boosts your mood and makes your kitchen look more inviting. You can bring more light into the kitchen with bigger windows, skylights, or even strategically placed mirrors that reflect light.
There have been so many cool new kitchen appliances on the market (we’re looking at you, air fryers and Instant Pots). But it can be hard to know where to store all these things. For many, they end up taking up valuable space on counters. Many kitchen renovations are including designs for smart storage so you always have a good place to tuck the latest gadget.
Finally, homeowners are carving out space in their kitchens for eating meals. While it’s nice to have a family meal every night in the dining room, it can be fun to change it up. Especially when you’re eating three meals a day at home. For this reason, North County homeowners are finding creative ways to add banquettes and cafe tables to their kitchens.