No matter how many times you tell your clients that the best kitchen is the one that fits their tastes, chances are they’ll want you, as a contractor, to help them make a stylish choice. You know better than to pull every design straight from Sunset Magazine. With that said, your goal is always to design a kitchen that is stylish and timeless, and you can always take cues from some of the current trends. Here are some beautiful ideas to use in your own designs.
While some homeowners are opting for ornate decorative hinge options, others are choosing semi concealed cabinet hinges, which are visible only when the cabinet door is open. Concealed and semi concealed cabinet hinges make the kitchen appear more streamlined and modern, and can be a nice touch to nearly any system. By contrast, an elaborate or vintage hinge can work well with decorative knobs and pulls to give the space an antique or old-world charm.
Millennials in particular are embracing white cabinetry to lighten and brighten their kitchens. This is often set off with dark hardwood floors, dramatic accents, or, in some cases, black appliances. Even if you don’t want to add that much drama to your kitchen design, using quality, neutral cabinetry is always in style and can be a safe choice for your clients. You can either keep the natural wood grain to give the kitchen a lakeside retreat feel, or use milk paint with a low luster sheen to whiten the interior.
Accent Lighting and Unique Fixtures
Many homeowners are choosing to embrace natural light, with one-of-a-kind accents in the form of modern chandeliers and lamps. You can always brighten a space by adding display case lighting to the interiors of pantries and cabinets. Accent lighting under cabinetry is a nice way to give a kitchen a nice glow without being overpowering.
Ultimately, your clients look to you for your own contractor’s intuition. Newbies to the field may struggle to tell clients when a request isn’t possible or reasonable. Taking the idea or spirit of a trend and adapting it to fit the needs of the client is a smart way to please everyone.