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!
Trend: Open Kitchen Shelving!
I am swooning big time over the loveliness that comes with gorgeously styled open kitchen shelving. And not only are they uber lovely, but they are also an absolutely fantastic solution for dishes, appliances, baking goods and other kitchen necessities. Especially in apartments and smaller spaces in which storage is limited.
The days of kitchens designed with wall to wall concealed storage are gone, folks are having a blast putting their dishes and kitchen gadgets on display!
While store bought shelving units are an inexpensive upgrade to kitchens that don’t have enough built-in storage…
Open shelves are an inexpensive way to give kitchens a nice and airy feeling!
Open shelving can also provide added flexibility. Easily cut down to size, shelves can be fit into awkward spaces to create extra storage and display space.
The shelves themselves are not the only functioning piece of the equation; many different accessories such as wine glass racks and mug hooks can be added to the bottom side of the shelving to double the storage capacity.
Shelving also has a way of really highlighting those items that are frequently used and/or have special meaning. A bold backdrop, such as a vibrant paint color or tile, really make the kitchen accessories pop.
They can also frame out a window while boasting storage where you would least expect it.
If you already have your walls filled with functioning cabinetry, but adore the look of open shelving, a simple solution is just removing the cabinet doors. This also gives you quick access to the items you use most often.
Plate slats can also be added to open cabinets, which is an added bonus!
A large hutch is another great solution to open kitchen storage. In fact, many sport a concealed area for tucking away bulky appliances and an open section for all those pretty dishes and accessories.
Open shelving isn’t for everyone. If you don’t love the idea of extra dusting from time to time, but adore the look that comes with the open shelving trend, swap out your cabinet doors with ones that are glass faced. Bonus points for painting or lining the cabinet backs with a bright and bold color or pattern.
You’ve seen them. Etageres, those amazingly organized and decorated shelving units, are showing up everywhere. Whether it’s in the pages of your favorite magazine, on a DIY/decor blog, or even on Pinterest, the etagere is quickly becoming a must-have piece of furniture.
While the word, etagere may sound fancy, it’s basically a series of open shelves to store and hold your beautiful belongings and treasures. Maybe you need a place to store your beloved books in your office or your special serveware in your dining room, an etagere can be perfect for any space. Not only does an etagere offer additional storage, when decorated, it can make a lovely, unique, and interesting statement in your home.
Wanting to add an etagere to my nest, I searched Shop BHG and found some that I thought you’d also want to see. Whether you like traditional or modern, one of these pieces will certainly work to create a delightful display in one of your spaces.
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm
Spotted! A mixture of high and low end storage to create dreamy home office organization!