Paul Peters of Gateway Kitchen & Bath Centre discusses the latest trends in kitchen design, focusing on three key elements: white kitchens, open shelves, and quartz countertops. Paul, who works closely with customers to identify their needs and preferences, provides valuable insights into these popular choices and explains why they have become so prevalent in modern kitchen designs.
Paul emphasizes the importance of considering the customer’s space and identifying opportunities that the customers themselves may not have noticed. This highlights his expertise in understanding the potential of each kitchen and tailoring the design accordingly.
One of the most enduring trends is the white kitchen. Despite the passage of time, white kitchens continue to be a popular choice among homeowners. However, Paul notes that some customers are now opting to add a second color to their white kitchens in order to introduce visual interest. This not only adds depth to the overall design but also allows homeowners to showcase their personal style.
Another trend is the use of open shelves. Many homeowners are choosing to incorporate open shelves, either as cubbies or floating shelves, in their kitchen design. These shelves serve both practical and display purposes, providing a space to store everyday items while also allowing homeowners to showcase their favorite pieces. Additionally, glass doors are gaining popularity as they offer a visually interesting way to display specific items that hold sentimental value.
When it comes to countertops, Paul mentions that quartz remains the most popular choice among homeowners. Quartz is a man-made stone that is non-porous, making it easy to clean and resistant to stains. Its durability and aesthetic appeal make it a preferred option for many. However, Paul also mentions another emerging trend: porcelain countertops. Porcelain countertops are thinner than stone and can be used not only on the countertops but also as backsplashes. This versatility and sleek appearance have contributed to its growing popularity in kitchen designs.