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4 Kitchen Trends + How to Use Them




Better Homes and Gardens teamed with designers Jen Ziemer and Andrea Dixon of Minneapolis-based Fiddlehead Design Group to create the BHG Innovation Kitchen for the May 2014 issue. Here’s a peek at the kitchen and their take on kitchen trends.





As interior designers, we are constantly asked about current trends.  While we love incorporating these ideas where we can, when it comes to kitchen design, function comes first.  At Fiddlehead, however, we think it’s always trendy to be functional!  Here are some ways you can include current kitchen trends in your space.


Trend #1:  Consistent Island Height

We chose to keep the island in the BHG kitchen a consistent 36″ standard countertop height.  Gone are the days of the multi-level island with raised bar seating for the kids.  Not only are those bar stools hard to maneuver, but the higher countertop section breaks up what could be a larger prep space, buffet top and/or homework station.  Height consistency at the island allows for a more practical and multi-functional centerpiece for what is typically the hub of the home.


Trend #2:  Open Shelving

A kitchen-ful of cabinetry can become overwhelming.  We decided to use open shelving in lieu of upper cabinets in the BHG kitchen in order to create a lighter, more decorative look.  Our clients are really embracing this trend as it can be both functional and attractive.  A bonus is that it’s also less expensive than using traditional upper cabinets.  So go ahead, buy those new dishes you’ve been eyeing!  Open shelves are also a great place to show off your personality and add some pops of color to what can be a very utilitarian space.


 Trend #3:  Cabinet Drawer Bases

Like most kitchens we are designing, we decided to incorporate base drawers instead of doors.  Not only do we love how the drawers line up with one another, but they serve a functional purpose as well.  Instead of opening a cabinet door and bending down to look inside or pulling out a roll-out shelf, you can gain access to the cabinet in one, simple motion.  You are also able to utilize more of the cabinet interior without having roll-out hardware that takes up valuable space.  There are so many wonderful, after market products, that allow you to customize the drawers to hold dinner plates, bowls, etc.


Trend #4:  Multi-Purpose Pantry Space

For the BHG kitchen we were fortunate to have enough square footage to create a large, multi-functional pantry area.  A lot is happening in this back room; laundry, folding, gardening, storage, list-making, etc.  We designed it to be directly adjacent to the kitchen and incorporated an interior window that unifies the two spaces and allows natural light to flow.  We included another popular trend, the sliding barn-door, for those times when you need to close off the mess.  Not only is this functional, but also allows you to pop a fun color!


And That’s So Fiddlehead!  Serious about Style, fanatic about Function!

32 Responses to “ 4 Kitchen Trends + How to Use Them ”

  1. Functionality is at it’s worse with the kitchen sink in the center spot in the island. Water, dirty dishes and homework don’t mix. The kitchen sink is not to be put on show and take up bench space.

  2. Is the kitchen
    floor tiled or wood? Who makes it?

  3. Sorry. Don’t like any of these trends except the multi use pantry room. Hate islands. Always have. I prefer a big farm table. Open shelves? Really? In a kitchen? Ever hear of grease and dirt? You’d have to wash them to put them away and then wash them to use them. Stupid. And big drawers?? Everything gets list in drawers. Even when the are organized. What ever you are looking for is in the bottom and hiding.
    I can’t tell from this pic but is the sink NOT inset? I prefer inset. Not what do they call them? Farm sinks. Ugly. Hate those. And the sink should be under the window. And double.
    Well. You seemed to want to know if people like this.

  4. Where did you get the barn door? Perfect idea for an area that can’t have a pocket door or traditional door!

  5. Due to a fire, we must do a complete rebuild of our kitchen. These four ideas are in my sketch. It is as if you were looking over my shoulder!! I have not done much research…these ideas evolved from needs experienced in my old kitchen. As a senior, drawers are kinder to my bones. Shelving is practical and decorative and a multipurpose pantry will take up the rest of the refrigerator wall. I see a comp.desk, charging station, cookbook shelf and corkboard. I feel very in vogue!

  6. Love the kitchen but I can sure see myself tripping on that rug repeatedly.

  7. What is the color of the cabinets? I love the color.

  8. Love, love, love it! Congrats on a fabulous design!!

  9. I also want to know where I can get the sliding barn door? I want to use is for my new master bathroom. thanks

  10. I love all the colors used…what are they ?

  11. Where is the zinnia fabric used as a window valance from? I love it! Great mix of colors, fun print!

  12. Where did you purchase the pillows on the bench on page 64? I love the colors.

  13. Please please please share the sources for the fabrics!! Love a few of them!!

  14. I also love the zinnia fabric, the striped fabric for the cushion, and the pillows. I’m buying my first house in June and these colors are exactly what I’m looking for. Please share where you got the fabric and pillows! Thanks so much! It’s beautiful!

  15. in the same issue there is a hutch made from cabinetry _ absolutely adore this and it fits so well with my style /house what company did you get it from.

  16. Hello my name is alexandria Boucher and my father Robbie Boucher did the flooring in this home. However the magazine seemd to not give any credit to my father. It would mean a lot of you would contact me as to why this might not have been on the catalog. Thank you for your time

  17. This is lovely. Thought out and executed well. Love all of it. Great job!!!

  18. Could you please share the source of the barn door – the pop of color and great hardware are amazing!

  19. I cannot find the name of the paint color/details for the bookcase (pictured in the magazine). Thanks.

  20. I know the article discussed design of the kitchen but in the magazine shows the family room as well and I would like to know where the weather wood shelving surroundignthenflatnaxreen tv came from. It’s gorgeous!! Thank you!

  21. It looks nice but I’m with the lady not liking a sink in the island. In my house the sink is a wet zone that wouldn’t mix with your island uses listed. I don’t want to have to take care of dirty dishes before we have a buffet at the island. I like my food fresh and to eat with everyone else. I also like to look outside while I clean up, very relaxing. I do like the colors though.

  22. Beautiful rooms and colors. Loved the barn door and the materials used too. I too like to look out the window when doing dishes and no sink in my island. The pantry was fabulous. I need a kitchen remodel, and am stymied. I
    hope this helps.

  23. I would love to purchase these pillows…where can I order them?

  24. Did not see the paint colors listed, can you please share those colors please. Thank you.

  25. I am wondering where to find the answers to the questions. I was a bhg member once. Maybe I can access them after I send this in.
    I love this Kitchen.
    Shame on those naysayers they have needs but there is s good in all.
    Be proud

  26. I would also love to know the source of the curtain fabric. Just painted our living room a soft gray and would love to complement with curtains like these!

  27. I was hoping to find out the square footage and dimension of this kitchen, dining, and family room. We are looking to remodel a similarly shaped area and I was curious if this layout could lend itself to our space. Thanks!

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  30. Not a comment, but a question. Where did you purchase the bar stools shown on Page 78 of the September 2014 magazine?

  31. Stunning kitchen. Love your color and material choices throughout the space. Interesting to discover new trends. Big fan of drawers instead of cupboards, and the use of those two very different dining hutches. Always appreciate built-in benches and dining nooks. Live in earthquake country, so would personally keep open shelving down to a minimum. Things like pots, stainless steel nesting bowls, and kitchen tools are okay on open racks, but I would put the bulk of ceramic dishes , glass, and staples behind cupboards. Love the look of a barn door, but prefer pocket doors that free up wall space for additional storage. Since I am such a pack rat and space is usually at a minimum, I would prefer to hide that door away! By my humble standards, that’s one extra large kitchen/pantry area. Folks in smaller homes have always had to follow the last trend — and create multi-purpose spaces.

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