Trends promise personality and excitement
Kitchen renovation tends to top most homeowners’ wish lists. The kitchen is where life happens from homework to family dinners to late night girl talk over a glass of wine.
Willie Stamper of Wolff Bros. Supply Kitchen, Bath, & Lighting Showroom took some time to discuss the latest and upcoming kitchen trends. Willie has been with the Wolff Bros. Showroom for ten years and has been manager since 2014. Prior to coming to Wolff Bros. he was a custom cabinet maker for more than 20 years. Willie regularly attends trade shows, seminars, and training to stay on top of the latest trends and technologies.
“A trend I have noticed that has always been around without a lot of fluctuation, and shows no sign of slowing down, is white cabinetry. Whether it’s mixed with other finishes or the sole cabinetry color it’s one of the looks that is well loved and has that timeless feel to it. There is a wide variety of white finishes, from cool tones to warmer ones to fit any home. Keep an eye out for white cabinetry paired with gold finishes to make a big appearance in 2016.”
Many people are no longer satisfied with cookie cutter kitchens. “The newest trend, and my personal favorite, is to break all the rules of kitchen design. Get what you love and forget about what’s in. People are starting to look at cabinetry more as furniture by mixing and matching colors, textures, and styles.
“We are also seeing a huge wave of people ditching granite because of maintenance issues and opting for quartz countertops, like Cambria.” Willie explains, “Cambria is a manmade quartz countertop that is non-porous, easy to clean, and maintenance-free. Plus there are over a hundred colors available, all at the same price point.”
There is a demand for higher technology in the kitchen as well. “The faucets that are completely hands-free are extremely popular as well as USB ports, built-in bluetooth speakers and tablet stands for personal electronics. More and more people are keeping electronic copies of cookbooks and recipes on the tablets as opposed to the traditional cookbooks and recipe boxes.”
“Kitchen sinks have changed, too” he explains, “There are a lot of requests for apron-front sinks, which give a nod to the past, but most people lean towards under-mounted quartz sinks because of the low maintenance and durability they offer.”
Willie suggests personalizing the kitchen by looking at cabinet hardware and lighting as jewelry. “Anything goes, as long as you love it. Hang a pendant cluster or two small chandeliers over your kitchen island versus a row of pendants. Use hardware with strong lines on the base cabinetry and more delicate crystal knobs on the wall cabinets.
“The kitchen is the heart of your home” says Willie “and an extension of your family. We understand that and will work to create a kitchen that reflects your family’s personality and needs.”
Katie Jackson is the showroom marketing coordinator for Wolff Bros. Kitchen, Bath, and Lighting Showrooms in Medina, Akron, Sandusky and Maumee. The Medina showroom is at 6078 Wolff Rd., and is open to the public by appointment. Call 330.764.3882 for availability. More information on all locations can be found at WolffBros.com.