A kitchen is more than just a room where food is made. It’s a place where people naturally congregate. You (and your guests) will likely spend a lot of time in and around your kitchen. Simply put, you want your kitchen to look great while remaining functional.

If you’re building your own home, you have a lot of freedom to build your kitchen as you see fit.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt to look at what other people are doing with their kitchens. Because kitchens are so important, trends are often changing as design and technology is evolving.

Here’s some of the things you’ll find in new kitchens currently being built.

Clever Accents

White kitchens have been popular for quite a while. There’s a certain timeless nature to them, thanks to their clean and bright nature. But some find it a bit sterile. They want a kitchen with a little personality.

A great way to do that is with cleverly placed accents. A deep colored wood floor. Some vibrant bar stools. Touches of brass or copper where you’d typically find silver. These small statements can make a big difference in how your kitchen stands out.

You’ll also see patterned tile appearing in kitchens, whether on the floors or the walls behind the cabinets. Paired with an otherwise clean-cut kitchen, this can make the perfect accent.

Black and Slate Appliances

With the popularity of the sterile/industrial kitchens of recent years, white and stainless-steel appliances have reigned supreme.  This is changing, however. In their place, we’re seeing the return of black appliances (though they were never really gone), as well as the rise of slate appliances.

Both are better at hiding smudges and dirt, and they go with just about everything.

If you can’t quite decide between the two, there’s also black stainless steel. It’s less industrial and reflective than standard stainless steel, but it still has a great modern look. It’s also less reflective and less likely to smudge.

Hands-Free Design

When you’re doing work in the kitchen, it’s easy to end up with something on your hands, whether it’s water, grease, sauce, or some other food residue. This, in turn, gets on appliances, cupboard doors, faucets, etc. That’s why many are incorporating hands-free mechanisms into their kitchen design.

One of the most common elements in the hands-free faucet. It works similarly to the hands-free faucets you find in public restrooms, only it features a traditional too. They’re available in just about any style you’d want.

Also available, though a bit less common, are hands free garbage cans. They’re not radically different from foot operated cans, but they look a little sharper and leave you feeling like you’re living in the future.

A kitchen trend that’s grown significantly in the past few years is touch-to-open cabinets and drawers. Rather than grabbing a handle or knob with your dirtied hands, you can press with a knee or elbow, and watch the cabinet or drawer open by itself.

Hidden Appliances and Storage

Worried about your appliances taking up precious counter space and cluttering your kitchen? Why not tuck them away somewhere? There are plenty of ways you can stuck away items that would otherwise site on your counter.

Slide-out toaster shelves and cutlery racks. Under the counter microwaves with drawer like doors. Pull-out cutlery boards.

There are plenty of ways to discretely hide away kitchen items.

Make Sure You Get the Right Builder

If you’re looking to build a home with a beautiful kitchen, you need to make sure you have the right builder at your side. At Astelier, we provide custom fine home building in Dayton, OH and beyond. Our builds follow the latest trends and stylings.

Best of all, we’ll guide you through the whole home building process so you don’t feel lost or overwhelmed.

Contact us today, and get started on building your dream home with a perfect kitchen.