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Luxury kitchen with black cabinets and large island

The kitchen is about so much more than cooking.

It’s also an important social space where families share memories that will last a lifetime. 

This year’s most popular kitchen designs emphasize an inviting, lived-in look. People are craving a comforting atmosphere for enjoying good food and conversation with loved ones, away from the stress of daily life. 

For many, that means livening up a previously all-white kitchen with clever touches of color. Soft blue cabinets or mint green appliances inject an uplifting, positive energy. A hint of yellow combined with natural woods add brightness and warmth. 

Here are a few more great ideas for updating your kitchen.

Cabinets & Storage

Simple, flat-paneled cabinets allow the texture of the wood to add a one-of-a-kind visual interest. Recessed handles or push-open handleless cabinet doors give you a clean, sleek appearance. 

Woods ranging from pale ash to darker walnut help to create a relaxed, rustic feel. For those wanting to add a coat of paint, this year’s top colors include navy, teal and forest green. Open shelving and old-fashioned plate racks are wonderful options for displaying vintage cookware, heirloom dishes and other treasures. 

Countertops & Backsplashes

Look for countertop materials that are stain-resistant and easy to maintain while also complementing the overall look and feel of your kitchen. 

Composite quartz has emerged as a strong, durable alternative to granite, offering unique qualities and a lasting statement. Choose the same material for your countertop and backsplash for a streamlined appearance, or pair dark countertops with light cabinets for a dramatic effect. Other possibilities for your backsplash include brick, colorful tiles or glass. 

Appliances & Hoods

While traditional stainless steel appliances remain common, many people are choosing colorful models for a sense of fun practicality. This enables your appliances to enhance the rest of your kitchen decor, and the possibilities range from cool blues to warm yellows to sophisticated black. 

Customized kitchen hoods are another functional item that also carries loads of style potential. Choose a quiet concealed model for a minimalist look, or go with a dramatic material such as copper to create a unique conversation piece. 

Kitchen Island Ideas

The kitchen island is an excellent way to add more space for cooking, cleaning, serving and storage. Look for different ways to customize this household staple to meet your needs. 

Double islands help to guide traffic flow and make a smart use of space in larger kitchens. Each island can have its own specialized function for extra convenience. Another option is to combine a built-in dining table with a traditional island for a stylish and practical breakfast bar. 

Flooring & Lighting

Many people are extending the wood flooring from other living areas into the kitchen, creating a more unified look and feel throughout the house. Although they must be treated to protect against water damage, wood floors add a warm, cozy atmosphere to your kitchen. High quality tile gives you another stylish choice that’s also durable and easy to care for. 

Kitchen lighting serves both practical and decorative roles. Mix and match complementary lighting fixtures to create the desired ambience. Super-convenient undercounter lighting helps with cooking and cleaning, while pendant lights add a touch of elegance over an island.


At Mid-City Lumber, our friendly experts will help you choose the perfect materials for bringing your dream kitchen to life. We offer a wide selection of quality materials from reputable manufacturers, including cabinets, flooring, lighting and more. 

Contact us today for everything you need to get the job done right!