Kitchens are the heart of the home, a gathering place to cook and spend time with family and friends. Decades ago, the kitchen was more of a generic room in the home. However, now the kitchen has become the focus of design in the home and has become more characteristic of one’s personality. Sleek, angular lines are very popular with big islands and bold colors. We have put together a list of 9 fun ways to transform your kitchen into an ideal place to convene with friends and family.

Shark Nose Countertop Edge

In recent years contemporary quartz countertops have grown in popularity. With that, the shark nose edge has become sought-after. These unique edges are a way to make your countertops appear thinner than they are. It creates a sleek and dramatic effect as if floating above the cabinets. It may cost a bit more than traditional squared-off countertops, but the aesthetic is well worth the cost.

Sharknose Countertop Edge Profile on Kitchen Counter. Gives the Appearance of Floating Countertops.

Plaster Range Hood Covers

The range hood vent is a perfect way to accessorize your kitchen. Plaster is such a flexible resource it allows for the highest level of creativity. The design and shape can be geometric or traditional, like the old-school range hoods. Personally, the new rectangle-shaped plastered hood is a favorite. It is eye-catching without overpowering the entire kitchen.

Modern Domestic Kitchen with Plaster Hood Over Range.

Combination Kitchen Colors – Wood and Paint, Light and Dark

One tactic people are applying to their kitchens nowadays is choosing different colors for their upper and lower cabinets. Contrasting colors are a great way to inject a bit of color without feeling overwhelmed with one shade. It is better to go with a darker color on the bottom and a lighter on top to keep it from feeling too top-heavy. We see mix and match wood grains with paint. It’s a beautiful outcome. Add a 3rd color for the kitchen island if you are feeling brave.

Rustic Kitchen Interior With Mixed Green and Wood Cabinets.
Modern Light and Dark Kitchen Cabinets.

Shelves Instead of Cabinets

Open shelves have been a big trend for several years now but there are some things to consider before you make the switch. The decision will force you to minimalize what you have in your kitchen. Too many items on the shelf will look cluttered and will not bring the look you are going for. Also, if you don’t have uniform dinnerware this may not be the look for you. It could look disorganized and jumbled unless you are planning to purchase a new set of dishes.

Kitchen Shelving Instead of Cabinets.

Kitchen Shelving Instead of Cabinets.

Concealed Kitchens

The hidden kitchen concept is the big new trend in kitchen design. It resembles and becomes an extension of the living space giving off a more streamlined feel. The idea is to completely conceal the appliances and sink to create more storage space. You can achieve this by adding larger cupboards or folding top to bottom panels or sliding track doors.

Concealed Modern Kitchen Interior Design Concept.

Concrete Sinks

A personal favorite is the concrete sink. Not only is this sink stunning, but it is also very diverse. Concrete can be easily molded into any shape or size. It can be modern, mid-century, or rustic farmhouse style. Concrete sinks are a one-of-a-kind piece of art.

Modern Concrete Sink.

Large Format Stone Veneer Backsplash

If you are tired of the small tile backsplash look, try larger tiles and take them up the wall above the sink or stove. Larger tiles will expand the space and give it a more prominent appearance. These tiles reduce grout lines making them appear as one surface. Large tiles also show off more of the design on the tile, so you get much more detail out of the design.

Large Format Stone Veneer Backsplash in Modern Kitchen.

Island and Kitchen Table Combo

The kitchen island is never going away. It is the ultimate workspace, providing storage, prep area, sink, or stove area. Lately, the combination kitchen island plus dining table is roaring in popularity. It could be a built-in or pull-out extension, a suspended tabletop, or a removable piece you insert. Combination islands are a beautiful way to integrate a dining area with the kitchen. You can still have a more formal dining area, and this is just a great little breakfast area or informal seating.

Contemporary Combination Kitchen Island with Dining Table and Chairs.

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