Kitchen renovation trends you don't want to miss – Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

The goal for most homeowners is to make their kitchens as multi-purpose as possible — for food prep, dining, work and study.
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After two years of upheaval in every aspect of life, Canadians are ready for some normalcy. How has the uncertainty impacted their renovation plans, especially when it comes to kitchen design?

According to the senior designer at AyA Kitchens, Sandra Mendes: “Some people are holding back on their renovations while others are splurging on higher-end cabinets, appliances and countertops by dipping into their savings or unused vacation funds. People are still spending a lot of time at home so they’re keen to invest more in creating the perfect space.”

As working from home has become more common, kitchen designs are now incorporating flexible workspaces. Fully retractable pullout tables or integrated charging stations are some of the innovations designers are adding.

The goal for most homeowners is to make their kitchens as multi-purpose as possible — for food prep, dining, work and study. Work stations and customizable spaces such as coffee nooks or coffee stations with retractable doors can provide a spot for everyone in the house to accomplish their tasks.

If you’re creating your dream kitchen, why not create a dream pantry that can do it all? Increased pantry space and more fresh food storage are other requests fielded by AyA Kitchen designers.

Mendes says pantries have evolved beyond storage for small appliances to include sinks and cooking equipment. A butler’s pantry can be a huge perk in a modern home, giving the home cook more space for prep work and storage.

Having a place to store everything is another common trend in kitchen renovations with highly efficient storage inside drawers and cabinetry.

Non-porous or antimicrobial surfaces that can be easily disinfected are understandable trends during a global pandemic.

Touchless technology, such as hands-free faucets, lighting and cabinetry make work and food prep super convenient. Despite the modern convenience, Mendes says, trends lean toward “natural warm woods such as maple, cherry, oak and walnut with lighter stains to showcase their beautiful natural grain.”

Softer paint colours such as fog, clay and shale provide a soft calming atmosphere while fixtures add some polish in bronzed brass, brass or even striking black.

“Farmhouse design fused with modern elements such as doors with fine thin rails as found in our contemporary collection provide the perfect combination of warm country comfort with a transitional flair,” says Mendes. “Country influences such as wood beams, apron sinks and natural stone or brick are very on trend.”

A kitchen upgrade is a mammoth undertaking. It can be difficult to know whether to follow your own style or the latest trends. Looking back at past kitchen trends, it’s easy to see when a space looks tired and dated. The last thing you want is to create a space that looks dated too soon.

“Style is very personal, and some people prefer to follow trends, while others like to do their own thing,” says Mendes.

“It’s never ideal to incorporate too many trends into one room as it can look overwhelming and become quickly dated. However, utilizing a few trendy elements will help create a more updated and visually appealing space.”

It’s the heart of the home and a major hub of activity every single day. The kitchen of your dreams takes some planning and thought about how your space is utilized by your family. Consulting with a design expert can help you find the best ways to optimize your space and create a kitchen you’ll love for years.

In Saskatoon, Friedt Finishing on Faithfull Avenue offers AyA Kitchen cabinetry.

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