Matte Black and Brass Fixtures and Hardware
Brushed nickel finishes have had serious staying power over the last decade, and it certainly remains a popular option. Of course chrome is a classic choice that more or less never goes out of style. But recently more clients are opting for modern, matte finish fixtures and hardware in their kitchen renovations or build outs.
Whether it’s brushed brass or solid matte black, a sleek approach to both can create serious modern vibes, even when paired with otherwise traditional cabinetry and countertops.
We love how this client’s matte black kitchen faucet is so simple and elegant that it nearly disappears against the black steel frame of the window. You can see how it is paired with brushed nickel hardware on the cabinets. Keep in mind that hardware finishes are not an all or nothing decision. Different finishes can be successfully paired together.
In this client’s kitchen renovation, brushed brass fixtures with a super sleek modern design pair perfectly with traditional gray painted cabinets and marble countertops. A really restrained color palette makes the brass pop, making a bigger statement than it would in a full blown modern kitchen.
Back in the day, a fireplace was a necessity in a kitchen. It was where food was cooked, kept warm and even where bread was baked. These days our high tech home appliances do this work for us, but that doesn’t mean fireplaces can’t still find their place in the modern kitchen.
We love how the fireplace in this client’s home is at eye level, so as you sit at this generous kitchen island, you can enjoy the crackling ambiance of a real fire. The design is contemporary with concrete spheres instead of faux logs and a flat, monochromatic front. It makes a big statement without being overly distracting from this modern kitchen’s overall beauty.
White cabinets have dominated kitchen design for the last decade and beyond. And trust us – they aren’t going anywhere. But we are seeing an uptick in clients choosing darker cabinets – whether it’s the color or stain of the wood or a darker paint color. Dark wood stain or solid black leans toward the contemporary, while painted cabinets blend in well with a traditional design.
The simple flat-front design of these cabinets along with the single-slab granite countertops and backsplash make for a modern statement piece of a kitchen. Stainless steel lights and hardware also keep the material palette simple and straightforward.
One of the biggest kitchen trends we’ve seen lately is the transporting of the kitchen from the inside to the outside. An outdoor kitchen construction project can add lots of value to a home, as well as value to your day to day life. If you and your family love being outside, do a lot of entertaining, or spend a lot of time in a pool, then an outdoor kitchen addition is a great option. Outdoor kitchens can be as simple as a built-in grill with additional countertop space and they can be as complex as full blown kitchens with outdoor-rated appliances.
This outdoor kitchen has it all – smoker, gas grill, refrigerator, drink cooler, wet bar and tons of storage. Custom built directly into the patio, the kitchen even has its own bar seating area where guests or family can converge while the chef works. This means whoever is in charge of the food isn’t left out of the party!
2020 Kitchen Trends
Whether you’re renovating or building a brand new kitchen, remember that the best thing you can incorporate into your new space are features and materials that make sense for your lifestyle and family. A good custom contractor who can help you both plan and construct your project will be able to help you with these decisions, come up with creative ideas you may not have thought of, and walk you through the entire process. Trends can come and go, but a thoughtfully designed and well built kitchen can serve you well for decades.