Top 6 Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Trends

With the Spring just around the corner, you are probably considering other important interior remodeling upgrades that can be completed during the upcoming warm season.


And if you are, then undoubtedly, upgrading your kitchen is high on that priority list, especially because your kitchen is the place where family and friends can get together and enjoy each others company during the beautiful season and year-round, really! Well, let me share you the top six kitchen ideas to help inspire and ignite your own imagination! 😉

You can follow and implement any of these ideas to achieve the look and functionality you desire in a kitchen. A successful kitchen remodel can bring a great deal of satisfaction and joy, while also helping to increase the value of your home by a good margin. Not only that, properly planned and executed kitchen remodeling upgrades can also allow for a better utilization of existing space, while offering an improved storage capacity.

1. Concealment of Appliances

Newly remodeled Kitchen with a french farmhouse theme

Concealment of appliances is one of the newer kitchen remodeling trends that you can try. It has become quite popular over the years thanks to many advantages. Concealed appliances offer an artistic way of saving space. Not only do they improve functionality in your kitchen, but they help better organize and de-clutter your kitchen. Hidden appliances, when revealed, are also interesting and will create a lot of attention and wow your guests! 🙂


Good examples of concealed appliances include steam ovens, warming drawers, and built-in coffee centers. With built-in coffee centers, you can get a customized cup of coffee with just one press of a button! 😉

built-in coffee center

2. Color Trends For Appliances

Certain colors of appliances will maintain their title as the most favored choice for the finish of kitchen appliances. Stainless steel is one of them, and it has been a common choice for over a hundred years now. Its popularity comes from the fact that it has a universal appeal and a shiny appearance, which is often associated with luxury. It also provides a more sterile surface than the others.

Modern Kitchen with stainless steel appliances

Another favored color is black. It offers a more formal, yet contemporary appearance and it will surely go with any style. Other colors that you may want to choose are beige, gray, and cream.

3. Cabinets

Maple cabinetry seems like it is going to be among the most favorite options this year. Different shades of white or off-white hues make good finishes, or you can go for dark natural finishes. Finishes that are either light natural or color painted are trendy as well.

traditional kitchen with maple cabinets and colorful pendant lights

There is a variety of trendy styles of cabinets available for you to choose from. There are floating units, cabinets with touch-latch doors, systems that are hidden behind sliding doors, and cabinets with innovative surfaces, such as semi-translucent glass, bamboo, and aluminum.

black cabinets and stainless steel appliances

4. Countertops

Countertops with custom touches, such as marble pastry slab inserts and wooden butcher blocks, will be a big hit in 2016. Some homeowners even embed concrete with metal and glass bits.

An elegant butcher block insert

Choosing renewable and recycled materials over natural stone, marble and quarts are a great option for those who want to cut down on maintenance. Some of the recycled materials that you can use are laminate and paper.

5. Illumination

Light fixtures are also in the top five. You can use accent lighting to draw attention to kitchen decorations like glassware, dishware, and frames. If you simply want decorative light fixtures, you can go for sconce lighting. They spill the light upward or sideways and form attractive backdrops. If you want to brighten the kitchen island and improve its functionality, then go for bigger decorative fixtures.

old school kitchen with creative accent lighting

Transitional Styles

How about a tasteful combination of traditional and modern?

Transitional Kitchen

Inspiration source: Jim McVeigh

Most kitchen updates are about design as much as they are about functionality. Enter the backsplash. They function to protect kitchen walls from splattering grease, splashing water and suds from the sink, and spills that defy gravity, ergo get stuck to the walls. 😉

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Today’s kitchen splashes are as integral to the layout and design of kitchens as cabinets, flooring and countertops. In fact, the look and materials chosen for countertops are generally a good place to start when considering the appearance of your own backsplash.

Here we provide a list of top 10 contemporary backsplashes and materials from most expensive to the least to help you visualize and decide which option would best work for your kitchen.

1. Granite, Marble, or Quartzite – Natural elegance with extreme durability

As many kitchens already use countertops made of granite, marble, or quartzite, as well as the islands, it makes sense to continue that decor to the walls that are just above said countertops. Even if these ultra hard stones are nowhere in your current kitchen layout, they can add a touch of sophistication.

Pros: timeless beauty, highly durable, moisture-proof

Cons: very costly, granite and marble benefit from annual sealing

Cost: $35 to $100 per sq. ft. installed. To lessen costs, consider tile installation of these materials which runs $20 to $40 per sq. ft.

2. Stainless Steel – Modern simplicity offering restaurant-style sophistication

Modern Organic. An artistic twist on a standard stainless backdrop, the scratched surface is an interesting organic design that suggests a little whimsy and contrasts with the flat stainless appliances. Photo Credit: Jerry and Lois Photography Designer: Stephanie Young/Design Spectrum

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The one color that fits with almost every contemporary kitchen design. It’s sleek, minimalist, and blends nicely with countertop appliances or hanging utensils.

Pros: Easy to wipe off, heat, moisture and stain-resistant

Cons: looks out of place in certain kitchen styles, hand or finger prints are surprisingly challenging to remove

Cost: $30 to $80 per sq. ft. installed. Cost more depending on distributor and how it is fabricated to fit certain areas.

3. Glass Panels / Glass Tiles – Modern diversity with colorful pizzazz

Back-painted glass panels provide color options galore which are protected behind a most durable material. Panels tend to be one continuous color, while tiles allow for jazzy patterns to spruce up your kitchen.

Pros: Panels are easy to clean, glass is virtually scratch-proof and holds up to heat well

Cons: can be challenging to install, while durable – glass can crack and so not suitable for all homes

Cost: Panels are arguably the most expensive material on this list, priced at $180 to $200 per sq. ft. installed. Yet, glass tiles are far less expensive , costing $15 to $35 per sq. ft. installed

4. Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the greatest chef of them all?

Subway tile has a classic look that’s become hugely popular.

But, if you’d like to go beyond basic white, mirrored tile could be the style you’re looking for. In this photo the mirror is secondary, since the tile lines create a textured focal point.

This homeowner also took the mirror all the way to the ceiling, doubling the kitchen’s visual space.

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Mirrors as backsplashes offer the structural benefits of glass while providing visual appearance of enlarging the kitchen space.

Pros: Adds light to kitchens, easy to clean, resistant to scratches and heat

Cons: Can fog up under steamy conditions, brittle material that can crack, outside of contemporary kitchen designs it may look awkward

Cost: $8 to $15 per sq. ft. for mirror installation with few seams. Mirror tile is actually on high end, but easier to install.

5. Brick / Subway tile – Classic simplicity that works in virtually any kitchen

While brick veneer, brick tile and subway tile are rather distinct, they are all horizontal tile designs. Application may be as simple as peel and stick, but often uses mortar and grout for higher quality installation. Using gray or tan grout will disguise dirt better.

Pros: patterns may be single or multi-color, depending on material it is generally stain and heat resistant

Cons: dirty grout is unsightly, chipped tiles that are stuck to wall are difficult to repair/replace, not much pizzazz

Cost: $20 to $40 per sq. ft. installed.

6. Thermoplastic Panels – Classic elegance at reduced cost

The name of this material doesn’t do it much justice. Patterns often mimic old world metallic patterns that are muted, reflective or provide slight glimmer. These are perfect for the DIY approach to adding a backsplash as scissors and double-sided tape provide the tools needed to complete installation.

Pros: multiple textures and colors, easy to clean, stain resistant and virtually moisture proof

Cons: tape doesn’t make for great adhesive, so may want to use stronger bonding agent, material is not heat resistant

Cost: Your local home improvement store will sell kits that cost between $125 to $200 to cover up to 20 sq. ft.

7. Ceramic Tile – Limitless design options to fit all kitchen styles

Similar to subway tile, but this covers just about every other tile option possible in kitchen backsplashes. There are thousands of options in this category alone, that vary in texture, color and patterns. Peel and stick makes for easy, DIY installation and the grout version isn’t all that challenging for semi-skilled DIY’ers.

Pros: options galore (if overwhelmed, remember to base decisions around your countertops), resistant to grease/heat and moisture, clean-up is fairly easy

Cons: dirty grout is not fun to clean, premium material can be quite expensive

Costs: Given the multiple options, the range is wide from $1 to $30+ per sq. ft. Premium or custom tiles are on the high end. Average costs for medium quality materials are $2 to $12. Add $5 to $15 per sq. ft. if going with a contractor to do the installation.

8. Reclaimed Wood / Laminate Flooring – Rustic appeal with optional modern elegance

via Refresh Restyle by Debbie

Styles for wood as a backsplash are more diverse than you may think. Antique wood or old barn planks make for a rustic appearance that some may find most appropriate for their taste in kitchen design.

A waterproof laminate flooring provides a more contemporary look with appearance of wood. Some may even choose to use Hardwood Floor materials as their wall design for a sophisticated and sleek appearance.

Pros: natural beauty, can be painted if change in color is desired, durable, holds up to heat well

Cons: Doesn’t hold up to intense heat/fire, or is combustible, ongoing maintenance

Cost: Reclaimed wood costs $2 to $10 per sq.ft. for material, add $5 to $15 per sq. ft. for the installation. Laminate flooring is $1 to $3 per sq. ft. for material.

9. Photo Print / Vinyl Wallpaper – Backsplash with a very personal touch

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Vinyl wallpaper offers design options that are limitless. It’s also waterproof, durable and relatively easy to clean. It’s therefore a great material to use for a photo mural that doubles as a backsplash for your kitchen. This allows you to choose a personal photo or favorite graphic image that will surely spruce up your kitchen space.

Pros: depending on material – can be easy to clean and waterproof. Photo delivers personal touch and unique design.

Cons: That image is there for the long-term so get used to it, may not match well with other colors in kitchen so consider monochromatic image, i.e. black and white

Cost: Paper is very inexpensive or $1 per sq. ft. To get photo onto such paper runs $150 to $450, maybe more, depending on who does it.

10. Chalkboard Paint – The fun and ever-changing backsplash

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The paint is the material, but the chalkboard is what makes this so unique. Designs and messages are entirely up to you. Have a recipe to write? A message for a housemate? A doodle to share and be admired? This option allows that and whatever else you are inspired to write. On your wall. And what’s even more cool, it can be wiped clean at any moment.

Pros: Very inexpensive, fun (kid-friendly) and functional, fairly easy to clean

Cons: Obviously not a look for many kitchens, chalk dust and food don’t make for a good combination

Cost: $10 for a 30 oz. can at your local home improvement store, will cover roughly 110 sq. ft. So, what’s that, about 9 cents per sq. ft.? Obviously the cost of installation will be your major expense. We are guessing a few hundred dollars for the job. 😉

Which Backsplash Idea is your Favorite?