As the heart and soul of a house, a great kitchen doesn’t just enhance your life—it changes it. So when your goal is to create a beautiful space that makes cooking and congregating better than ever, start with a style known for its staying power. Below, we’ve outlined four takes on major kitchen trends—the key components of each look and a few brilliant ideas to make it your own. Jesse Mumford
THE ALL-WHITE KITCHEN
There’s a reason this monochromatic space is so popular. It’s crisp and cheerful, and ivory is an accommodating foundation for endlessly changeable accents and accessories—perfect for the whims of a design-savvy homeowner. Here’s how to master it without looking like you’re trying too hard.
1. Keep appliances classic.
You can never, ever go wrong with a stainless steel finish. Outfit a white kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances, like ranges and refrigerators from GE Appliances in its standout stainless steel line, to anchor the room. The long-lasting nature of this subtly glossy finish is both timeless and modern—and it’ll work with whatever color palette you choose.
2. Deepen the accents.
Without contrast, a monotone space can take on a boring, flat look. Pepper in a few deeper tones, like matte black or rich copper, to keep a white space from feeling too clinical or overwhelming. Perfect spaces to play: the faucet, lighting fixtures, and flooring. ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
3. Look up.
An unexpected approach to adding a pop of color? A ceiling that’s been turned into art. Get creative with the literal white space above the kitchen, which, by the way, makes up one-sixth of the whole room. If you’re using paint, go for a low-gloss finish to conceal flaws and age, and keep in mind that darker colors tend to make a ceiling feel lower.
4. Choose your countertops wisely.
The most popular choice for countertops in classic white kitchens is Carrara marble with gray veins, but keeping the stone stain-free requires extra attention and work. Consider other options, such as durable quartz and soapstone—both look refined and can transform an all-white kitchen.
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THE FARMHOUSE KITCHEN
Countryside-inspired spaces remind us of a simpler time, and they’re rising in popularity. Cozy, austere, and eternally in style, a refined farmhouse kitchen is a retreat—a place to cook up comfort food and bake desserts, then clear the rustic tabletop for the kids to do their thing (without worrying about dinging up anything too precious). Here, simple ways to make a farmhouse kitchen feel contemporary and chic.
1. Replace cabinets with shelves.
An argument against kitchen cabinets: Open shelving creates an effortless, casual ambiance in the kitchen and keeps essentials within easy reach. Opt for the airy feel of stacking tableware, ceramic coffee mugs, tea pots, and more on exposed, floating shelves rather than in heavy above-counter cabinets.
2. Choose organic materials.
Natural, utilitarian materials evoke the farmhouse kitchens of yore. Think deep marble farm sinks (add a wall-mounted faucet for an updated look), flagstone flooring, soapstone counters, leather drawer handles, and raw wood surfaces like plywood shelving.
3. Show a hint of age.
Small details play a huge part in adding character to the farmhouse style. Thoughtfully curated pieces that feel well-worn—like patina or oil-rubbed bronze cabinet pulls, an oxidized Corten steel kitchen rack for hanging pots, and cast-iron wall hooks—add that idyllic, rustic aesthetic.
4. But make it party-ready.
Modernize a country-leaning space by bringing in aspects of a chic metropolitan dwelling. GE Appliances’ new Black Slate Appliances line has a premium matte dark charcoal finish that’s both distinctive in style and incredibly durable (plus, it holds magnets!). With chef-inspired accents, the black slate range, refrigerator, and dishwasher are all easy to maintain, thanks to their streak-free finish. ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
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THE INDUSTRIAL KITCHEN
This kitchen style is moodier than the others, with old-world touches like Edison-bulb lighting and elevated uses of materials like concrete. Think clean lines, blackened steel, smooth wood, and evocative colors. It’s a stunning option for urban dwellers and, depending on the architecture, even modern mountain cabins. Here’s how to get the style’s downtown vibe just right.
1. Favor flat.
To offset some of the “louder” pieces in an industrial kitchen, keep cabinetry simple with slim, flat-front panels. Using matte, neutral colors or a beautiful wood, these flat cabinets are a statement on their own. And not only do they suit the clean, minimalist aesthetic; they also make a kitchen feel more spacious.
2. Go dark.
Instead of leaning towards bright colors, consider making inky black your key hue. A sleek black stainless steel finish, which is glossy but retains the brushed metal look of stainless steel, can transform essential appliances into the focal point of the room. GE Appliances offers a line of fingerprint-resistant and smudge-proof black stainless steelranges, refrigerators, microwaves, dishwashers, and more to keep your kitchen looking immaculate.
3. Mix in metals.
On fixtures, brass and wrought iron look beautiful and won’t show wear and tear or water spots as easily as other finishes. Matte metallic hardware, lighting fixtures, and faucets play beautifully with the graphic hits of black and dark colors like deep greens and subdued navies around the room.
4. Create warmth.
Like the all-white kitchen, an industrial kitchen is most successful when furnished with cozy accents. Soften things up with rich woods on countertops, leather upholstery in your dining set, and moody hues at the base of the island, and suddenly the kitchen is the most inviting room in the home. ADVERTISEMENT – CONTINUE READING BELOW
THE FRENCH COUNTRY KITCHEN
Today’s European country kitchen is further evidence that rustic and modern can happily coexist. This style is made for intimate meals and families who spend most of their time in the kitchen. After all, good food, good wine, and good design feed the soul. Here’s how to perfect the cozy/cool balance.
1. Source from salvage.
Similar to the farmhouse style, a French country kitchen exudes well-worn authenticity. So reach for century-old materials and go big: reclaimed wood for exposed beams and large-format stone work for the floor or the backsplash (or both). To furnish the space, hunt down charming antiques—embrace flaws and don’t abandon the idea of salvaged hardware if you can’t find a matching set.
2. Take the range hood seriously.
Otherwise it’s just a visual distraction. Hoods with a sensible slate finish, like the ones in GE Appliances’ exclusive stone-inspired line, have a rich, warm tone that pulls the whole room together.
3. Brighten up with light colors.
For a country estate-inspired space with a farm-to-table bent, lean towards light and airy colors. A cohesive palette includes a subdued mix of cream, tan, beige, and white with accents of hammered raw materials like copper and aluminum.
4. Bring in butcher block.
This type of kitchen is for the home chef who’s always whipping something up. Install treated butcher block countertops, and you’ll never have to worry about scorching or scratching up the surface. Maintain them regularly and butcher block countertops will reward you by aging gracefully, all while you chop, mince, grate, and plate stress-free.