The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. So, it’s no big surprise that when homeowners are considering renovating, a kitchen renovation is often where people want to start. Align West Homes discusses, 10 trends in kitchen renovations in Kelowna.
2023 will continue to see a surge in the use of sustainable materials for renovation projects and the beauty of it, is that there are more options than ever to choose from including eco-friendly recycled wood cabinetry and high-end countertops made from composite and recycled materials. Align West Homes will continue to showcase sustainable options like the Dekton countertop in our kitchen in our new Aspen Grove showhome. This is a carbon neutral material, highly resistant to stains, heat and cuts and is completely recyclable.
We want to feel connected to the natural world and there is no better way than to bring the outside into your home. By choosing materials like wood, stone, and natural fibers we connect to mother earth. Wood is easily incorporated into the kitchen and can be used for cabinetry, flooring, floating shelves and countertops. Stone is perfect for sinks, accent walls and backsplashes. Natural fiber can be introduced in jute or wool rugs, curtains and seat cushions. And don’t forget plants, they are ideal for soothing your environment or even functioning as a small indoor herb garden that the chef in the house is sure to enjoy.
Colours and Patterns – Where to Go Wild
The trend in 2023 is away from all white kitchens with a movement towards warm wood tones, bold painted cabinetry colours and bright and colourful accent tiles, all aimed at adding personality to the space. Black accents deliver strong visual impact with sophistication, while bright colours add energy and excitement to your kitchen. Either way, bold colours create focal points and draw your attention to key design elements in your kitchen.
Windows – Let the Light In
Windows are a great way to transform a dark and cramped space into a light, bright, open area that feels inviting. They are all about maximizing natural light, allowing a seamless connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. Floor to ceiling windows or sliding doors let in maximum light and create dramatic focal points with easy access to outdoor areas for things like BBQing. They may also serve to reduce energy costs by providing natural light and ventilation, allowing your home to be cool and comfortable. Okanagan and Kelowna kitchen renovations often seize the opportunity to incorporate windows to capture stunning lake and mountain views.
Where space will allow, you’re almost always going to find a butler’s pantry in a modern 2023 kitchen. The historical use of this space for storage and food prep in grand homes, has become a contemporary sought-after addition to today’s kitchen renovations. They come in a variety of styles and sizes, ranging from expansive spaces with built in appliances to small compact areas with efficient layouts. Either way, most kitchen renovations in Kelowna will be seeking to incorporate this feature.
Appliances – Panel Style
The trend towards a sleek and streamlined kitchen in 2023 which looks and feels organized and clutter free; integrating the kitchen into the home, flowing seamlessly to the great room and dining areas is what it’s all about. A simple way to achieve a visually smooth affect is to incorporate panel style appliances into the cabinetry. Built-in refrigerators and dishwashers with matching doors to the cabinetry gives a clean, uniform look. Accents can be gently stylized by utilizing different door hardware on the appliance doors while keeping kitchen cabinetry hardware distinct. Custom range hood covers are also popular with styles varying from French farmhouse to modern industrial.
A slab backsplash can provide a variety of benefits to a kitchen renovation. Often a single slab of material is used to create a seamless, large impact focal point. Natural stone, quartz, Silestone, Caesarstone and Dekton are often chosen for this application. They come in a variety of sizes, visual textures and colours allowing you to select the perfect fit for your style and personal preference whether that is to blend spaces together or create a focal statement. The single surface is easy to clean and maintain but it can be tricky to install. They require exact measurement and cutting, therefore, it’s important to work with an experienced contractor.
Open or floating style shelves has been popular for a few years and sees no sign of disappearing in 2023. The addition of floating shelves in the kitchen is a wonderful way to add style and function to the space. This design concept is all about creating an open, airy look while providing ease of access to kitchen essentials.
Smart Home Technology
There will be an ever-increasing trend towards incorporating technology into your home and the kitchen is a natural place to up the technology anti when renovating. Convenience is a key reason to look at smart appliances like refrigerators, ovens, and dishwashers. Many of the newest appliances can be connected to the internet and operated remotely via smartphone or voice-assistants such as Google or Alexa. Further these appliances may come with sensors and automation that reduce energy consumption, saving you money.
Mix and Match
Variety is the spice of life and in 2023 you can expect to see the use of mixed metal finishes for kitchen renovations in Kelowna. Adding depth, texture and contrast to your kitchen by way of combining stainless steel, chrome, brass, matte black, and brush gold finishes is a trend towards creating a stylish and functional space that has visual layers and depth.
Ready to Renovate?
Are you ready to start your kitchen renovation in Kelowna? Get in touch today. Align West Homes is an award winning whole home renovator serving Kelowna and the Okanagan.