2015 Kitchen Design Trends

The new year is around the corner and Houzz has released their predictions for new design trends in 2015.  We’ve taken it upon ourselves and reordered the list based on what we’ve seen and what we think will catch on as the new kitchen design trends in the Alexandria and Arlington market.

Houzz – Have you been toying with the idea of revamping your kitchen and think 2015 may be the perfect time to take the plunge? Before you start searching for a pro to tackle the project, it’s important to think about what you’ll need and how you can improve your kitchen setup, as well as what you want the space to look and feel like. It’s also worth reading up on emerging kitchen trends, which may provide a spark of inspiration and, ultimately, influence the design of your new cooking zone.

Though we can’t write your dream kitchen wish list for you, we can lend a hand with a list of design elements that are on the rise. We recently caught up with three designers who shared their short lists of kitchen design and decorating ideas they believe will be the biggest trends of 2015. They also offered expert advice on how you can incorporate these ideas into your space.


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St.Clair Kitchens 2015 Kitchen Design Trends Predictions


Modern Traditional


1. Modern Traditional – Designs that marry modern and traditional elements will be one of the most influential looks of 2015, according to Pillay, who says that homeowners are shunning ultra-sleek  contemporary kitchens in favor of spaces that are “warm, homey and reflect themselves.”

“This trend is affecting everything from cabinet design to colors, materials to textures. We are really mixing it up,” she says. “Flat-panel cabinet doors are being replaced with classic door profiles, such as Shaker doors,” for example. And materials are being mixed, such as stainless steel with wood, and wood with marble.

We couldn’t agree more.  While shaker style kitchens have been the most popular style of 2014 the big difference going forward is going to be finishes and the incorporation of some classic elements.  Look for big wood hoods and traditional mullion doors in 2015.  Also expect a deviation from the white cabinet with a dark island formula.  We’re already seeing more and more people wanting more natural wood tones and wood with interesting grains like walnut.





2. Statement Ceilings – Next year will see statement-making ceilings, says Hardcastle. “For a long time now, we have all forgotten to look up. More emphasis will go into ceiling design, in terms of shape, features etc.,” he says. “Whether it be through the use of lighting, bulkheads or coffer ceilings, or the addition of classic embellishments, our ceilings will become part of the room’s beauty once again.”

This one is going to be determined by budget and more likely to show up in the very high end of the market.  For years we’ve seen ceilings get higher and higher in the kitchen.  Even in kitchens with 9′-10′ people want their cabinets to reach all the way to the ceiling.  This keeps your eye up and ultimately makes the room feel bigger.  A big trend moving forward will be taking the cabinets to the ceiling with a large crown moulding and tying it into a statement ceiling.





3. Textured Cabinets – “There’s a move toward using more textured and tactile materials,” Pillay says. Natural marble and granite in honed finishes, as well as engineered stones that replicate raw finishes, are a few materials we’ll be seeing a lot of next year, the designer says.

The high gloss ultra contemporary styles seem to be on their way out.  We’ll begin to see modern designs with woods represented in a more natural form.  Our designers have already been in touch with our cabinet makers about cabinets with rough cut woods like shown in the picture above.  People are becoming tired of the glossy smooth finishes and this is going to be a radical change for the better.





4. Shaker Style – Classic Shaker-inspired kitchens never seem to go out of style, but Natale says this simple, timeless look will be particularly popular in 2015. “I think a lot of people like to keep things traditional and appreciate the textural beauty of wood, which was a big factor at Maison & Objet this year,” the designer says.

Shaker style cabinets are far from a new trend.  At the same time it’s not going anywhere.  We’re encouraging people to move away from the classic shaker style full overlay cabinets and instead opt for something a little more unique like inset cabinets.  Fortunately we work with a cabinet maker that allows us to customize door styles.  So by adding a bead around the outside edge of a door or changing the edge profile on the inside of the door we can achieve the overall look of a shaker kitchen but create something more custom and unique for our clients.



Tribal Tones


5. Vibrant Color Tones – Not a fan of all-white kitchens or monochromatic color schemes? Then you’re in luck, because vibrant, attention-grabbing hues are making a comeback in the kitchen.  Vibrant yet dusty shades of mustard yellows, deep scarlet, royal blues and dirty pink hues may be used in place of primary colors.

This could be one of the most surprising kitchen design trends of the coming year.  90% of the kitchens we designed in 2014 were white with a dark island.  White kitchens will always be popular however we’re witnessing a shift to vibrant red and blue accent colors.  In 2015 I think we’ll take those accent pieces a step further and start to incorporate some of those vibrant colors into the cabinetry.  An island or feature wall is a great place to wow visitors with a major splash of color.



Luxe Metals


6. Luxe Metallics – While silver, chrome and stainless steel are three metallics commonly used in the kitchen, next year warmer metals, like gold, copper and bronze, will have their moment to shine, according to Natale. “Metallics in all their forms were prominent at [Paris design fair Maison & Objet], from copper to bronze to gorgeous gold, and I’m a fan,” the designer says. “The texture and gleaming finish of metallics provide a stunning accent to most palette choices.”

Just as people are trending towards more vibrant accent colors they’re also looking for other finishes when it comes to hardware and fixtures.  We don’t recommend this one for resale however bronze and copper finishes a likely to become more popular in the coming year.



Furniture Style


7. Furniture Style Features – Interior designer Greg Natale predicts that furniture-style cabinetry and other features will be one of the top trends in 2015. This approach marks another step in the evolution of the kitchen as the hub of the home and a treasured space the whole family can enjoy, rather than just a functional area that’s used for food prep and cooking alone. 

This is definitely one that will be a strong trend this year.  It’s not higher on the list because it’s something we’ve been doing in high end homes for years.  Fortunately some of the more affordable cabinet lines have expanded their capabilities and this trend is likely to become more common in kitchens everywhere.  Creating an inviting furniture look further confirms that the kitchen is fast becoming the entertainment center of the house.





8. Beautiful Black – If you’re not too set on a colorful or an all-white kitchen, then look to the other end of the spectrum and consider choosing black as the dominant tone of your culinary zone. Natale says black will be one of the “It” colors in kitchen design next year. Why? “We spend so much time in our kitchens, and I think that more and more people want to make them a really special space. Black makes a strong, sleek statement,” he says.

We doubt that black painted cabinets are likely to take off in this market however a shift away from the all white kitchen is already happening.  All of 2014 kitchens were almost exclusively white with a dark island.  Look for that trend to reverse in 2015.  Instead of black, most people will opt for a dark stain like Espresso or Cinnamon on cherry wood cabinets and a light painted island.



Minimal Wall Cabs


9. Minimal Wall Cabinets – Want a kitchen that feels open, airy and not too top-heavy? Then we’re sure you’ll appreciate this look, which Pillay predicts will be on the rise in 2015. “Open-plan kitchens are now being designed with fewer wall cabinets, though obviously this depends on the size of the kitchen and storage for the client,” she says.

Open concept kitchens have been popular years and we don’t expect that to change anytime soon.  In small spaces it’s especially important keep your wall cabinets away from windows and openings to make the room feel bigger and airy.  Minimizing wall cabinets also allows you to pay attention to the design and detail of attention grabbing feature pieces like a wood hood.



Verticle Paneling


10. Vertical Paneling – Another trend that we’ll be seeing plenty of in 2015 is V-joint wood paneling, according to Natale. “It’s a dynamic, eye-catching way of introducing detail to a space, enlivening an expanse of one color and using angles to bring a little movement to surfaces.” 

Vertical paneling is a good way to add some interest to what would be an expansive run of plain paneling.  This a cost effective way to dress the back of the island or bring some more texture to a statement ceiling.



Open Shelving


11. Open Shelving – “We are seeing a trend toward using open shelving as a practical solution for the kitchen space, rather than simply for display,” says Sydney kitchen designer Kesha Pillay of Art of Kitchens. “Open shelving personalizes the space, making it feel lived in and warm, while keeping the kitchen functional and easy to use.”

Open shelving falls closely in line with the trend of having minimal wall cabinets.  However, in this market it seems unlikely to catch on.  It looks great and is functional in theory but who wants to keep their dishes neat, clean and in order at all times.  From a functional stand point this is a something you’re more likely to see in a magazine than put in your own home.



Wall Paper Wows


12. Wallpaper That Wows – Want to add interest and character to your cooking zone? Incorporating wallpaper — which will be a major trend in 2015, according to kitchen and bathroom designer Lee Hardcastle — into the design of your kitchen is the perfect solution.  And it won’t just be used to dress up plain walls, either; Hardcastle predicts that next year we’ll also be seeing wallpaper used in unexpected ways and spaces, such as on ceilings, to create striking features.

Wallpaper is an easy way to add a major pop of color or statement to your kitchen.  Some people will love this, but our guess is that this trend won’t catch on in the DC Metro area.  Look for people to lean toward vibrant cabinets to bring that pop of color to kitchens in this market.



Repetitive Patterns


13. Repetitive Patterns – A major trend that Hardcastle is seeing is a move away from geometric patterns and toward elegant, repetitive motifs instead, which he says will take shape in the form of laser-cut plywood or steel panels, wall coverings, door inserts and tiles (as seen here).

Big repetitive patterns certainly don’t seem much different from bold wallpaper.  It’s possible that some homeowner and designers will opt for a bold repetitive back splash to make a statement but too much of these patterns can make a kitchen feel cluttered and overwhelming.