Top Kitchen Trends for 2015

Cabinetry like furniture and texture are big this year.

It's said the kitchen is the heart of the home, and every heart needs a little TLC to function at its best. Whether your home's center needs a little sprucing up or a total remodel, you might find inspiration in some of this year's kitchen design trends. 2015 is cooking up some exciting new ideas for the kitchen, all of which are approachable. Incorporating even just one or two new ideas will give your kitchen a fresh modern look and will ensure it's still everyone's favorite place to be. 

Furniture in the Kitchen
Pieces that look and function like traditional furniture instead of dedicated food preparation spaces will be adorning kitchens everywhere in 2015. Incorporate this trend into your space with the addition of an island finished with traditional details such as legs, paneled trim or other interesting details. 

Wallpaper Adds Wow
It may have fallen out of favor for a while, but wallpaper is heating up the kitchen once again. Be on trend by choosing paper with strong visual impact. Skip the petite florals and food-related designs, and select bold, graphic papers in contemporary colors like charcoal and turquoise. Use wallpaper to create a focal point on one wall or even the ceiling of your kitchen. More on that idea next! 

Tumbled stone backsplash adds texture.

Get Touchy
Texture is the new black. Use an array of tactile materials to give your kitchen a trendy overhaul. Raw, more natural finishes like concrete, tumbled stone and unpolished woods are replacing high-gloss marble and smooth, glassy tile. To get a small feel of this trend, try installing a new backsplash in a rough-hewn material.

Looking Up
Any feature that accentuates the ceiling in your kitchen will put you on trend for 2015. Molding, wallpaper, bold paint, bulkheads and other embellishments are taking design to new heights. Not sure you want to make the commitment to an expensive project like a coffered or "floating" ceiling? Try installing an unexpected and dramatic light fixture instead.

Open shelving is popular.
Via BHG.

Color It Up
Kitchens will be more minimal in 2015, with open shelving replacing traditional wall cabinets and miles of clean, empty countertops. With the move towards minimalism, color choice becomes even more important. Colored appliances and colored cabinetry will be the rage. But you can invest in this trend without replacing the most expensive items in your kitchen. Paint an accent wall in a vibrant but earthy color like scarlet, mustard or deep dusty pink to update your kitchen without breaking the bank.

When incorporating design trends remember, it doesn't matter how great a room looks if it doesn't function for your life, especially the kitchen. Trendy ideas that improve the quality of your life never go out of style.

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