What’s trending in luxury kitchens today? We went straight to local industry experts to find out. Tile with metal-beaded liner and embossed flowers creates a focal point around a custom range hood.
Sean Raithel, GLOBAL GRANITE & MARBLE
■ Backsplash tile is an area that offers homeowners the opportunity to get creative by mixing styles and patterns.
■ Get backsplash crazy! Choose from a wide variety of textiles, like glass, ceramic and stone mosaics.
■ A bold, artistic backsplash using innovative materials creates a focal point while adding interest to subdued countertops. Layer polished components with matte finishes and antiqued elements to create texture, a key component of any design.
Jenny Rausch, KARR BICK KITCHEN AND BATHS
■ Lighting has exploded in terms of priority. If a designer doesn’t discuss designing spaces around lights, they’re missing the boat.
■ Backsplash is a priority in kitchen design with so many possibilities in terms of accent color and texture—kitchens almost look naked without them. It is the item that pulls the entire space together.
■ Placing a colored stain over cabinets has become very popular in replacing paint as an accent color.
Leigh Suffian, ATLAS SUPPLY CO-IMMERSE BY ATLAS
■ The sink is the most-used appliance in the home, so it is important to consider its design. Styles that include the addition of handy storage compartments blend form with function.
■ Stainless steel is a continuing trend in single-bowl sinks, as well as the use of green materials, like recycled copper.
■ Apron front or farm-house sinks remain popular. Often, they are seen in the traditional white porcelain finish, but this category has been expanding.