2014 Top Kitchen Trends

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Want to do some kitchen improvements this year, but don’t know where to start? No worries, here are the hottest kitchen trends for 2014 according to Zillow – let them inspire you to create a more stylish kitchen, one in which it will be a pleasure to cook, eat, or spend time with friends and family.

  • Black Countertops

Yes, that’s right black countertops! Specifically black quartz or granite countertops will be used to add style to kitchens adding a modern edge and sophistication. If you’re seeking an elegant yet powerful look, go for leather-finished or honed black granite countertops. Don’t be afraid to play with contrasts – pair your dark countertops with white or light gray cabinets.

Granite countertops stand out in any kitchen and create a focal point, especially black. They are a great investment, if you use your kitchen as a social space to gather with friends and family, with their durability and ability to conceal spills and other accidents.

  • Dark Paints

Gone are the days when everyone paints their kitchen white – this year’s trends will lean towards color, especially darker tones. Colors like deep brown, dark red and black will be used to create a more powerful sense of atmosphere and give the kitchen a stronger personality.

Painting all the walls of your kitchen brown or another dark color may make your kitchen feel small though, especially if it’s on the small side. Paint only the ceiling, or the floor or just one or two walls a deep shade, leaving the remaining walls to keep a bright and light contrast.

  • Glass-front Cabinets

As more and more people are turning their kitchens into social spaces where they spend quality time with their friends and family, a new trend is emerging – the display of kitchen wares and foods behind glass-front cabinets. These can beautifully showcase dishware, oils, herbs and spices and more, being an excellent design choice for people who love to eat good food and prepare it and want to show off their utensils and provisions to their guests. And it will definitely motivate you to keep your cabinets organized.

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  • Open Shelves

Traditional farmhouse kitchens have long used open shelves, and this year the style will be eagerly adopted in modern households. Open shelves will be used for the same reason as glass-front cabinets, to draw attention to the kitchen dishes and utensils and delight the eye with tantalizing food ingredients. Open shelves can add color and flavor to any kitchen, balancing the space if you’ve also incorporated the black countertops and deep shaded paints. In terms of style, any kind of open shelves will do, from plain, rustic-ones to highly stylized, futuristic designs with smooth edges and glossy surfaces.

One thing’s clear: this year kitchens will gain personality and become more stylish with these trends. And with kitchens becoming more and more the social hubs for families of all sizes, eating and gathering in them will simply be delightful.


*Trends are taken from the Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report.

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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

Great. Thanks for this information. It is always good to know the new trends coming in. I love the kitchens you show here. I am glad we are getting away from white kitchens, I always thought that was so impractical and my kitchen never went white. I guess I'm back in style now. I personally don't like the black granite counters. I have found the opposite - they show all the spills and dirt - even worse than white. But, I love the dark woodwork cabinets. Thanks so much for an informative and interesting article.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I like the open shelf idea and the notion of getting away from white kitchens. Too much going on in the kitchen for such a blah color.


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purl3agony 2 years ago from USA

Love the mix of rustic elements with that beautiful chandelier on the opening photo. Not sure it would go with our house, but your hub has certainly given up ideas for new counter tops and colors. Thanks!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Suzette for stopping by and glad you enjoyed the hub! Kitchen decor certainly comes down to personal preference.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks FlourishAnyway! I like the open shelf idea as well. Kitchen dishes, serveware, etc are so beautiful why hide them!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Purl3agony - agreed, the mixture of rustic and modern is beautiful and that chandelier is certainly something! Thanks for stopping by my hub!


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tobusiness 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

This is useful and very timely, we're now considering updating the kitchen so it's good to see what is the current trend. I've already decided on the black granite worktop, our kitchen is not large so it shouldn't be too expensive. Thank you for sharing, voting up and useful.


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Thanks Jo, and I'm so glad the hub was helpful! I think you are going to love the black granite for your countertops! All the best with your upcoming kitchen renovation - you could do a hub on the before and after, would love to see :)


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EGamboa 2 years ago from West Palm Beach

Very much like the glass fronts, not so much the open shelves…I see much dusting in their future. Thanks for an inspiring Hub!


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Better Yourself 2 years ago from North Carolina Author

Very true EGamboa, extra cleaning is in order with open shelving! I am a big fan of the glass front cabinets as well, they are very elegant! Thanks for reading!

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