No room in your home is as utilitarian and serves as many functions as the kitchen. Often referred to as “the heart of the home,” your kitchen is where you’ll form many memories over family dinners, gatherings with guests and day-to-day cooking adventures.

Because of how much time families spend in their kitchens, the space is naturally among the first to be deemed in need of remodeling and modernizing updates as lifestyles and family dynamics change over time.

How do you want to use your kitchen this year? Do you need more storage to accommodate a growing family? Will you require additional functional counterspace to cook and bake with visiting grandchildren?

No matter your needs, The Lifestyle Group is a kitchen remodeling contractor capable of creating beautiful spaces that fit your lifestyle at every stage. Our kitchen design and construction experts craft timeless solutions that will retain value, form and function for years to come.

So, what are some of today’s latest trends that will go on to keep your kitchen working and looking great into the future? Take a look at some of our favorite emerging elements and the design trends we’d love to bring into your home.

Stone Countertops

Stone Countertops

Classic granite and marble will always be in style, but quartz has carved out a large niche in the marketplace. It’s a beautiful substitute to natural stone and offers the ability to replicate the looks of marble and concrete without the maintenance. Plus, quartz manufacturers provide a number of solid-color options for clean, contemporary looks that you can’t find in natural-stone products!

Reclaimed Wood and Natural Hues

Reclaimed Wood and Natural Hues

The look of reclaimed wood is unique, natural and gives personality to flooring, shelving, kitchen cabinets and islands. Using wood accents, highlighted by natural light, brings a warmth, texture and sense of the outdoors into any kitchen.

Open Shelving and Exposed Plate Racks

Open Shelving and Exposed Plate Racks

Don’t want to hide your stylish dishware away inside a cabinet or cupboard? You’re in luck, because open shelving options and classic kitchen plate racks are coming back as the next great, innovative way to store and display your favorite items at the same time.

Either via a plate rack on an unused countertop or by replacing cabinetry mounted on a wall, open shelving and exposed storage adds to a kitchen’s character and charm. It also provides quick access to your most-used items, making everything easy to find and giving your space a “lived in” feel.

Beyond-the-Walls Design

Beyond-the-Walls Design

With clean, white aesthetics often dominating eye level, the spaces above and below can offer fun opportunities for design accents, pops of color and dramatic flair. We’ve seen bold paint, wood paneling, elaborate lantern lighting or even intricately patterned wallpaper make kitchen ceilings stand out.

While rugs aren’t especially practical for most kitchens, statement flooring through dark-stained hardwood or decorative tile adds a great design impact that’s still subtle below eye level.

Mismatched Cabinets and Hints of Color

Mismatched Cabinets and Hints of Color

White or neutral kitchens will always stay on-trend, but fun and lively infusions of color can add so much to your space. Fun furniture, a kitchen island or half your cabinets clad in a colorful accent can liven up a space meant to be used making enjoyable family memories.

Stunning Sinks

Stunning Sinks

Aside from countertops and cabinetry, a new sink might be the easiest addition to make the most noticeable impact on any kitchen. Apron-front, farmhouse sinks are a popular element in kitchen design, but there’s ample untapped potential for making sinks a showstopping centerpiece. Natural soapstone basin colors with bright brass or matte black hardware can be stunning accents alongside white walls or wood cabinets.

Camouflage Your Appliances

Camouflage Your Appliances…

Let’s ditch the stainless-steel façades and elegantly blend your kitchen appliances in with the rest of the room’s design. Refrigerators and dishwashers can seemingly disappear when matched to mimic surrounding cabinetry and other elements. A sleek, concealed or minimalistic range hood can help your other appliances, backsplash and nearby elements stand out and steal the show.

…Or Make Them a Standout Centerpiece

If you don’t want to or simply can’t hide your large oven hood, let’s make it a statement piece! With wood, cooper and brass accents or a sharp and bold stainless-steel design, your hood can accomplish so much more than just its functional duties.

With all you use your kitchen for and everything you need it to be for your family, it may have to undergo many minor updates or major makeovers as lifestyles change and needs evolve over time.

No matter what stage of life you and your family find yourselves in, The Lifestyle Group can create a kitchen that’s both beautiful and functionally designed to fit your lifestyle. Browse our gallery of past projects or visit our one-stop showroom to discover some inspiration for your home’s kitchen remodel, or reach out to our team today to get started.