It didn't take long after New Year's Day for prognosticators to begin announcing home remodeling trends for 2010. I had already blogged about early proclamations for 2010 remodeling trends a few weeks ago. But now, in the afterglow of January's International Builder Show in Las Vegas, bloggers and other media writers are set to pick the trends for kitchens.
According to Ilyce Glink at Moneywatch, we all should hold out hope that homeowners can put together a sufficient budget to do "gut remodeling" projects this year. Her column, picked up the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), announced styles for 2010.
Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2010
The NKBA (outside) surveyed designers to choose the following trends for kitchen projects in 2010:
Despite the trends, Orlando's WFTV reports that traditional, large kitchens are here to stay. Designs that incorporate small food prep or quick serving areas with larger dining room areas are one way to have your cake and serve it to a large group, too. Large, farmhouse sinks will help speed prep and cleanup.
White cabinet colors will still ride the popularity wave, according to the report, but bright or warm finishes will provide accents. And, expect cabinets to rise, rather than spread out. Pedestal cabinets can offer storage, while still accenting the decor.
One way to keep kitchen space simple and useful will be to employ utility drawers and segmented shelving where pop-out cutting surfaces, wine racks, and tool and spice storage are located right where the chef needs them. In short, even if you prefer a traditional kitchen design, you can customize it for contemporary cooking and serving.