Design Ideas | January 24th, 2014

Inspired and Modern Kitchen Design

The kitchen is the heart of the home, the central meeting place for family and friends. Investing in gourmet cooking features, modern colours, inspired design and innovative features can add a touch of sophistication to any kitchen.


Our Top and Emerging Trends for Kitchen Design:

• Open shelving and glass cabinet doors. Displaying kitchen wares is a growing trend and it is now fashionable to display everything from pots and pans to oils and vinegars.
• Urban chic with natural textures. Glass, stone, and wood dominate the look – modern with calm, clean lines. Greys and whites are regaining popularity, with glass backsplash.
• Darker cabinets. Black cabinets started to make an appearance over the past couple of years and are now emerging as one of our best sellers.
• Gourmet cooking features. Gas ranges, built in microwaves and euro style hood fans in black and stainless steel are extremely popular options amongst our homebuyers.

Key Elements for Consideration When Designing Your Kitchen

We’ve searched the World Wide Web to find our favorite kitchen design inspiration sites to share with you. After each key element, you’ll find two or three of our favorite websites to help you plan your dream kitchen.

[1] Colours

Cobalt or “Dazzling Blue” is 2014’s colour of the year, according to the Pantone Fashion Colour Report. While you might not necessarily want to change the colour of your cabinets every year, adding splashes of the year’s hottest fashion colour will add a sense of stylishness.

The top 5 fashion colours are:


If fashion colours aren’t really your thing, here are some more resources for colour inspiration:

• Top Ten Kitchen Colours of 2014 [from Home Design Trends]
• The Latest Kitchen Colour trends [from HGTV]

[2] Appliances


Black and stainless remain the most popular options for our appliance packages. Our different series of homes feature either GE or Whirlpool appliances. If neither of these tickles your fancy, we can work with you to get the look you want.

• GE Appliances Design Center
• Whirlpool Appliances

[3] Lighting

Pendant lights over the island and under cabinet lighting are beautiful and functional lighting options for your kitchen and still two of our favorites for 2014.

• 2014 Light Trends [from Beautiful Homes and Design]

[4] Cabinets

Open shelving, glass cabinet doors and natural wood grain are some key elements for 2014. For more ideas from design experts, check out the link below.

• Hot Trends in Luxury Kitchen Cabinets [Huffington Post]

[5] Gadgets

We’ve added this category, just for fun.

30 Gadgets for the Modern Kitchen [from House Beautiful]

                                        Jandel Homes, A Better Way to Build

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