Elizabeth Koval, ASID, CKD, CAPS

The growing trend in kitchen design is to create a highly efficient space for everyday living as well as entertaining purposes. High tech appliances and gadgets are the growing trend. Homeowners are looking for a more sleek, updated, clean design yet they still long for ease of use and comfort. I am seeing more and more clients ask for spaces that remind them of their favorite vacation, from large verandas that boast outdoor kitchens, fireplaces and even pizza ovens.
Discerning clients are choosing high end, high-performance appliances that cater to a variety of functions. The warming drawer is still a very popular request for busy families with active schedules. Many homeowners are incorporating items to assist them with everyday efficiency such as built in steamers, induction cooktops that boil water in a matter of seconds and the Franke Little Butler that filters instant hot and cold water .
Another growing trend is multiple dishwashers, dishwasher drawers and built in coffee systems and i-Pod docking stations hidden in the kitchen design.

Elizabeth Koval Designs, Inc
1973 West Gray St. Suite 4
Houston, TX 77019
Tel: 713-344-1080


Homeowners still have an eye to affordability and longterm value, less likely to go for the “latest thing.” Simple and timeless features such as “Shaker style” cabinets in shades of white or off-white with distressing or glazed finishes. Natural stone and quartz countertops remain favorites.

Rob Hellyer of Premier Remodeling.


Here at Bentwood of Houston, we are noticing an increasing trend towards textured elements in kitchen design, and we are excited to offer an innovative new finishing technique called Strata. This technique is a great way to add a tactile aspect to your kitchen cabinets. Whether the finish is a stain or a paint, Strata’s linear waves provide a beautiful natural element to a structured contemporary décor.


Maria Frank
Cabinet & Designs Inc.

One of the hottest trends in kitchen design right now is the concept of the “invisible kitchen”. The concept can be implemented in a variety of ways such as concealing appliances, using sliding doors and using hoods that look like sculptures. For instance modular refrigeration allows for more convenient storage, but also “hides” refrigeration units under the counters. “Invisibility” can be created in a variety of ways, from small to large scale within the greater kitchen design.
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Poggenpohl Kitchen Design Studio

Design trends now:
1/2” thin countertops in stainless or quartz. Best for food prep. That is why we are in the kitchen, no?
Counter height seating, more comfortable for people of all ages.
Mixing multiple finishes of cabinets within the kitchen.
Functional backs plashes with shelves, paper holders & knife storage.
LED lighting
Concealing outlets and switches, by use of Plugmold and Trufig.

Cheryl Carpenter I Designer I Studio Manager
Poggenpohl Kitchen Design Studio
5002 Westheimer Road Suite B, Houston,
Texas 77056
m: 201.654.2265 I o: 832-582-2620 I f: 832-582-2621
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