East Coast West Coast Kitchen Trends: A Comparison by Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly & Danenberg Design (Part 2)

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In a conversation with the designers at Danenberg Design in California, we thought it would be interesting to compare regional kitchen design trends between their West Coast firm and our East Coast showroom. My earlier post discussed their West Coast Trends.

Here is what we are seeing on the East Coast at Kitchen Designs’ New York Showroom on the Long Island Gold Coast:

Our clients in the New York metro area want their kitchens to be a central part of their socializing space. They want to maximize their usable space with good design that embraces their lifestyle. We still have many requests for open floor plans where the kitchen spills into the family room or dining space. There seems to be a renewed enjoyment of cooking, perhaps due to people’s desire for healthy food. We frequently design kitchens with two ovens, one oversized or two smaller islands, two dishwashers, two refrigerators, and a wine refrigerator. Below are some of the trends we are embracing (Click any photo to enlarge):

Style Trends:

wood mode antique white kitchen

Traditional kitchens still dominate most of the work we do at Kitchen Designs. White traditional kitchens represent almost 50 percent of all kitchen sales. Clients choose from 7 different solid shades of white, 6 hanging glazes, and 4 striated glazes. We

have used white in formal estate kitchens, country kitchens, and coastal kitchen designs in the Hamptons. Adding a bit of dark wood, a touch of color, or varying the shades of white gives the design a warmer, less stark feel. Our recent modern designs are much softer and subdued. The contemporary lines are clean but not edgy or cold. The rooms are balanced and grounded yet not minimal. Collections or heirloom pieces are showcased in a simple yet organized way.


Storage Trends: Clients have gone back to the basics with functional inside-the-cabinet storage. To help them get organized, we’re using pot drawers, basic roll-out pantries, cutlery dividers, vertical tray storage, pull out spice racks, and chef’s pantries. See more storage ideas here.

peacock kitchen

Color Trends: Although you’d probably expect this more on the West Coast, we have recently designed a few kitchens and baths with bold, vibrant colors – especially greens and blues. The use of color in these designs is visually stunning, adding charisma and vitality to the room. Our clients highly value uniqueness and individuality and their personal expression is interpreted within the design by using of various finishes, textures, color, and artwork.

Countertop Trends: Granite countertops are still a top choice, but engineered stone/quartz is growing in popularity. We also use marble, concrete, soapstone, and slate.

Lighting Trends: All of our kitchens include a lighting design that includes several layers for task, ambient, accent, and decorative. We often add fixtures such as chandeliers, pendants, or sconces give the room unique personality and flair.

Other Trends to Embrace: Concern for environment. Clients are looking for earth-friendly environmental solutions using renewable and recycled materials that are durable, environmentally safe, and energy-efficient. Addition of home automation technology. Clients want rooms that are multi functional with lighting control systems.

Home office design. We are seeing a rise in demand for home office space. Many New Yorkers work from home and often want this space adjacent to the kitchen with complementary design. Mud rooms off the kitchen are also often requested.

Kitchen Designs Kelly Outdoor Kitchen

Outdoor Kitchens: Clients are extending their use of living space by bringing the indoors outside! People are building much more elaborate outdoor kitchens to complement their indoor kitchen spaces. People enjoy being outside and entertaining outside. The huge advances in the quality of outdoor products has encouraged clients to build full-fledged outdoor kitchens. We recently designed and installed a fire pit on one of our outdoor kitchen projects. We loved it so much; we added one to our own property.

See these and other featured kitchen projects here.



Click here to read Danenberg Design’s Guest Post about their West Coast Trends. East Coast – West Coast Kitchen Trends – A Comparison by Kitchen Designs by Ken Kelly & Danenberg Design (Part 1)


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