What's in, what's out in kitchen design

The latest kitchen trends include lighter colors and cleaner lines

Published: June 10, 2014 03:00 PM
Photo: Mark Lund Photography

Styles have changed since the last time you updated your kitchen. Fussy details have given way to cleaner lines and color schemes have lightened up. What hasn't changed is the need to plan ahead and to select top-performing products like the ones featured in Consumer Reports' Kitchen Design & Planning Guide. To help, here's a cheat sheet to what's in and what's out in kitchen design.

Out: Tuscan and country styles
 Contemporary and transitional styles

Out: Traditional cabinets with ornate detail
Instead: European-style frameless cabinets

Out: Countertop microwaves
Instead: Steam ovens

Out: Red, bronze, and terra-cotta color schemes
Instead: Gray, white, and off-white color schemes

Out: Solid surface countertops
Instead: Quartz countertops

Out: Pot fillers and oil-rubbed bronze finishes
Instead: Pullout faucets and polished chrome finishes

Out: Appliance storage compartments, aka “garages”
Instead: Pull-out trash/recycling bins

Out: CFL and incandescent lighting
Instead: LED lighting

—Daniel DiClerico (@dandiclerico on Twitter)

Photo: Mark Lund Photography

Kitchen Planning Guide

Planning a kitchen remodel? Here's everything you need to know to get the kitchen you want at a price you can afford including how to hire the right contractor.

E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters! Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

Appliances News


Cars Build & Buy Car Buying Service
Save thousands off MSRP with upfront dealer pricing information and a transparent car buying experience.

See your savings


Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more