Kitchen Trends

My friend Wendi Zampino is the primary designer at Home Systems in Lafayette, an architectural interior design firm that specializes in new construction and home remodeling design. Wendi is an expert on space planning, material selections, detailed construction drawings, light and electrical plans, and construction management. Basically, she can do it all! She loves to redesign non-functioning spaces into those that address the needs of the owner, thus minimizing clutter and allowing for a sense of tranquility. We recently asked Wendi about some of the trends she is seeing in kitchen design. Here are her thoughts:

In what direction is kitchen design and décor headed? The trend seems to be based on creating calm and open environments with great functionality, that connect with nature and pull the outside in, and vice versa. Our clients are seeking durable, long lasting, and low maintenance counters and flooring that look great but are kid and dog friendly. First and foremost, kitchens need to be functional with everything in its place. We spend a lot of time working with our clients to make sure that the kitchen will flow, so that multiple people can work in the space without being on top of each other.

Is there a particular color palette you are favoring, and is there a particular paint color you like? I’m going back to white walls, and am loving walnut and rift white oak for cabinetry wood. Benjamin Moore White Dove is a nice warm/neutral white. If my clients favor the traditional marble look, then Benjamin Moore Super White or Kelly Moore Swiss Coffee. But I’ll reiterate…right now, regardless of the color palette, calm is the trend.

Are there any new trends in appliances?  Steam ovens and multi-use appliances are becoming more popular. You can get microwave/convection/warming ovens which are great for maximizing function in smaller spaces. Microwave drawers are popular for the same reason.

What is your advice for keeping a kitchen in “kitchen tour” ready mode? Keep clutter to a minimum by hiding small appliances. Find great looking bowls and stands for displaying fruits and veggies that don’t need refrigeration. Add towel bars and hooks to get those messy dishtowels off the counter.

I agree with Wendi. No matter the state or age of your kitchen, a little de-cluttering or coat of paint can do wonders in creating a more ordered and serene environment. For more ideas and inspiration, see Wendi’s portfolio at

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