- We asked interior design experts about kitchen trends they think you’ll regret in a few years.
- Pros say you might want to reconsider double islands, concrete countertops, and breakfast nooks.
- They say the all-white kitchen, black hardware, and patterned flooring aren’t exactly timeless, either.
Interior designer Kelly Taylor, owner of Kelly Taylor Interior Design, told Insider that kitchen floors aren’t ideal for incorporating detailed patterns, such as checkered floors.
“Don’t do this. If you want a pattern in your floor, replace the wood with herringbone or choose stone with a tone-on-tone pattern (like waterjet mosaic),” Taylor advised.
Bold floor patterns can be expensive to replace when they become outdated.
Concrete kitchen countertops are on the rise compared to marble, quartz, and granite countertops. But Taylor said it’s important to remember that concrete countertops are expensive and difficult to maintain.
“Counters are expensive, and even if the concrete countertop trend continues, concrete breaks down so quickly that you’ll want to replace it within two years,” Taylor told Insider. “It’s incredibly porous and looks like a mess, trendy or not.”
Interior designer Reya Duena of Reya Duena Designs warned against the popular built-in booth trend.
“While it looks nice now, the fabric gets dirty, worn, and starts to look outdated. To achieve this, you need good design,” Duena told Insider.
When creating a breakfast nook or built-in booth, consider fabric and material options and choose durable materials that resist stains.
“Dual islands are good if you have the space, but they’re also expensive and permanent. You have to commit to the layout and there’s no room for change,” Duena said.
Instead, Duena recommends choosing less permanent furniture and incorporating large tables and cabinets to add visual interest to the space.
Mixed metals can add a contemporary look to your aesthetic, but there is a risk of combining too many metal finishes together.
Duenas suggests sticking to two metal finishes at most, as more metal finishes can look “disjointed.” Also, make sure the finishes work together harmoniously.
“Make sure the brass and champagne finishes match each other; there’s nothing more valuable than some brass tones that don’t match,” Duenas told Insider.
Leah Vaflor, associate principal and director of trendcasting at Hickok Cole, told Insider that aspects of the industrial farm vs. farmer trend may be difficult to address in the future.
In particular, the industrial-style matte black finish “is easily scratched and the finish can peel if the quality is not high enough.”
Instead, Vaflor recommends using polished or brass-nickel fixtures, which are more timeless and durable.
While social media portrays the beauty and cleanliness of all-white kitchens, this trend could lead to regrets, Vaflor told Insider.
“White shows everything, and it’s especially unforgiving in the messiest rooms in the house, especially when everything around it is stark white in contrast,” Vaflor said.
An all-white kitchen can also become difficult to maintain over time.
“White is very difficult to match, so if you need to replace a cabinet door or paint a scratch, it’s probably impossible to find the exact white,” Valfort added.
It may be more practical to use just white upper cabinets and colored lower cabinets, or a white countertop and a dark backsplash.
Lisa Odor, a senior interior designer at MA Design, told Insider that having highly curated items on open shelves can lead to regrets down the road.
“Having three of your favorite cookbooks and cute knick-knacks neatly organized and looking picturesque is great for Instagram, but it’s not functional and just collects dust and other stuff,” she says. Told.
Instead, Odor recommends utilizing closed storage options.
Jackie Lopey, an interior designer and founder of Wide Canvas, told Insider that complimentary colors like red and green, orange and blue, and purple and yellow enhance each other and are visually appealing on Instagram feeds, but they don’t work together. He said that living there gives him a different impression.
Once the excitement wears off, replacing kitchen cabinets, countertops, and backsplashes can be expensive.
Instead, Lopey recommends choosing a neutral color palette and adding a signature color to one fixed element.
Erin Davis, owner and lead designer at Mosaic Design & Remodeling, said that while brightly colored cabinets have been a popular trend for years, they aren’t the most practical.
“Homeowners may regret painting the lower cabinets a bright color because they quickly show wear. A great alternative is to pair base wood cabinets with brightly painted tops.” Davis told Insider.
Green kitchens may be trendy, but Davis warns against going overboard.
“Avoid having too much greenery in your kitchen, especially if you have painted walls, as it can catch light on your food and ruin its appeal,” they told Insider.
Interior designer Randy DeStefano said sliding doors are good for pantries, but you might want to avoid ones that are too rustic unless they match your kitchen’s aesthetic.
“A rustic barn door for a pantry doesn’t necessarily fit into the style of a kitchen. Some trend followers only see rustic and think it’s necessary. You forget that part of it is not naive,” DeStefano told Insider.
Before deciding on a pantry door, do some research to understand the options available to you rather than defaulting to the popular rustic style.
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