5 Trends in Kitchen Design

Spice up your space with these forward-looking ideas.


1. Black Appliances

Sure, stainless still looks good. But if you want to kick the cool quotient up a notch, try black. Many major manufacturers are offering refrigerators, stoves and dishwashers in this hue, typically with a matte finish. And just like a black pair of pants, they go with pretty much everything.

2. Embrace Color

Emerald green, navy blue or even robin’s egg. For cabinets, the current mantra is, “anything but white.” Aim for balance – the darker the cabinet color, the lighter the countertops, backsplash and floor need to be.

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3. Go Glam

Metallic finishes bring an urbane look to the kitchen, making it feel more like your favorite restaurant than a place to serve dinner to the kids. Warm tones, including gold, brass and copper, embody the trend. Cabinet hardware offers an easy entry point; add a metallic backsplash for a bolder statement.

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4. Choose Sustainable

Caring about the environment is more than a trend; it’s a commitment to our planet’s future. And manufacturers are very much on board. Being eco-conscious doesn’t need to cost extra: Check out IKEA’s Kungsbacka cabinets, made of recycled wood and plastic bottles.

5. Light it up

In a kitchen, you definitely want bright light when you’re preparing a meal. But a lamp adds an unexpected warmth to the space and can turn your kitchen island into a favorite spot to settle in with a book and a cup of tea.

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This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s October issue.

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Editor-in-chief Carole Nicksin has worked in publishing for over 20 years. Prior to joining the staff of Milwaukee Magazine, she was the style director at All You, a Time Inc. publication. She also served as decorating editor at Home magazine. Carole has written for the New York Times, Martha Stewart Living, InStyle and numerous other publications.