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Blog :: 10-2019

Kitchen Trends for 2020 and Beyond

Luxury kitchen trends for 2020 are centered around bespoke designs, high-quality materials, and high-tech functionality. Today’s kitchen designs combine the latest technology with timeless style. Hardware and lighting are more important than ever, as they’re truly the jewelry of the kitchen. Whether a home is traditional or modern, an outstanding kitchen design won’t look dated anytime soon. The true luxury kitchen is built to last.


Statement Kitchens With Pattern And Color


Creating a “feature wall” makes a visual statement in the kitchen, and strong pattern and color are the ongoing trends. Patterned tiles with a global aesthetic are the perfect update to a traditional kitchen. Open shelving lightens up the kitchen and provides display space, while rich color adds warmth.

 


Photo Courtesy of Emily Henderson

 

Durable quartzite now comes in bold designs that mimic veined marble and granite. Popular for countertops, this manufactured material is easier to work with than natural stone, so it can be used to cover large areas. We’ll continue to see tall backsplash areas, or even entire walls of patterned quartzite and real stone. Installed in a mirror-image pattern called bookmatching, it has a dramatic, elegant effect:

 

 

 


Source: TheDPages

 

Dark, moody cabinet colors are very on-trend. They evoke the richness of a dark wood kitchen, but add a modern aesthetic. Deep blues, greens, and soft blacks are popular, combined with rustic wood tones. Monotonous walls of wood-tone cabinets are out, as people are embracing colorful kitchens and two-toned cabinet finishes.

Matte finishes are the latest trend for stone and quartz countertops. They look fresh (after years of glossy kitchens), plus they’re easier to maintain. Matte countertops mix beautifully with shimmering tiles and trendy gold and brass hardware, creating an interplay of light. Luxury hardware trends include rose gold, matte brass, deep bronze, and matte black.

White kitchens are still popular, but designers are combining matte and glossy finishes with soft color to bring them to life. Pale aqua and greige are the perfect modern substitute for white, providing a light and airy look that’s completely custom.

 

 

luxury kitchen interior design manchester, MA

Open-plan kitchen in Manchester


Luxury Kitchens For Entertaining


Open-plan kitchens are still in high demand, sharing the same views as the living area. Features like double islands and a second dishwasher make entertaining easier.

 

Double islands and a view in Manchester

 

With the kitchen open to the living area, the focus is on beautiful finishes and uncluttered design. Reducing upper cabinets leaves space for a decorative tile or stone feature wall, visible from the living area. New storage options help keep everything close at hand and the kitchen clean and tidy.

Custom cabinetry walls are the perfect solution to open-plan interiors. They incorporate fully integrated appliances and concealed storage into a modern, furniture-quality design. Custom-finished in a beautiful wood, the cabinetry becomes a feature wall, creating a “hidden kitchen” effect:

 

Source: Pinterest


Luxury Trend: The Butler’s Pantry Returns


The current trend of removing upper cabinets makes kitchens feel more spacious, but it also creates storage issues. The traditional butler’s pantry is making a comeback, keeping clutter out of sight and adding additional prep space. A modern butler’s pantry may hold a coffee bar, wine refrigerator, countertop appliances (hello, Instant Pot) or a second dishwasher. Treat it with the same custom lighting and high-end finishes as the kitchen:

 

Luxury kitchen with butler's pantry,

Butler’s Pantry and Wine Bar, Swampscott

 

Some designers are even enlarging the butler’s pantry so it serves as a second kitchen, leaving the main kitchen practically mess-free.


Luxury Kitchen Lighting


Well-designed lighting makes luxury kitchens highly functional and illuminates its best features. A high-end kitchen will have three levels of lighting:

  • Task lighting – directed at work areas, it usually includes under-cabinet lighting and spotlights or ceiling fixtures over prep areas.
  • Ambient lighting – general lighting from chandeliers, with small ceiling spots where necessary. Advanced lighting designs include bright, efficient, and unobtrusive LEDs.
  • Accent lighting – added above or below cabinets and behind glass doors, it highlights decorative features and adds a soft glow when other lights are off.

 

Traditional white luxury kitchen in Lynnfield, MA

Traditional luxury kitchen in Lynnfield, MA

 

Dimmers and remote controls make it easy to adjust all three types of lighting. Smart Home systems can automatically control the light settings throughout the day.


Luxury Kitchen Appliances


Fully integrated appliances are a top luxury kitchen trend, followed closely by specialty appliances for specific lifestyles.

“Consumers looking for high end appliances are looking at SubZero/Wolf, Viking, Dacor, Monogram, and Thermador appliances. Consumers’ wish lists include speed ovens, microwave drawers, convection steam ovens, and coffee machines.”
Juanita Gillespie, Builders Source

Microwave and refrigerator drawers are easily incorporated into a kitchen island, an especially convenient design for families with children. Built in coffee machines by Thermador can create 28 different coffees. Steam ovens cook meals quickly and are a healthy alternative to microwaving. Gaggenau‘s Steam Oven has a sous-vide function, and a built-in vacuum drawer to seal food for cooking or storage.

Custom appliance colors are another luxury trend. These commercial-style refrigerators with gold hardware make a chic gourmet display:

 

Source: True Appliances

 

Smart Home technology is quickly becoming a luxury kitchen staple. Today you can control your oven from your phone, and check the refrigerator contents remotely to see what to buy for dinner.

Whether you’re looking to buy a home with a luxury kitchen, or planning a renovation to create the kitchen of your dreams, focus on high-quality design for a kitchen that lasts. Our professional Realtors here at Sagan Harborside Realty have the expertise to find you the perfect location. Just give us a call at 781-593-6111.

Finding The Best Fall Color On The North Shore

 

Colorful leaves on Elmwood Road, Marblehead

 

With three million acres of forested land, Massachusetts is a favorite destination for leaf-spotting. Tourists often head west to the mountains, but residents and visitors to the North Shore area will find plenty of fall color close by. Historic towns like Salem and Marblehead offer a combination of manicured parks, scenic vistas and nearby nature reserves. Short day trips will take you past quiet ponds, historic farms, taverns, and churches surrounded by trees dressed in magnificent yellow, gold and red.

Leaf season begins here in early October as the weather cools, telling the trees it’s time for fall colors. Avid leaf-watchers know the schedule changes each year according to the weather; peak colors on the North Shore usually occur in the last two weeks of October.

 

 

With our late-changing oaks here in the coastal plain, peak leaf colors come later in the season. The show may be over to the North, but late October brings swathes of yellow, rusty-orange and red to our coastline. From Boston up to Scarborough, the North Shore is renowned for its colorful fall vistas.

 

 

Photographing the colorful scenery is a favorite fall activity for tourists and locals alike. Those perfect combinations of location, light, and color are fleeting. So grab your camera or phone, and check out some landscape photography tips.

 

Colorful Trees In The Heart Of Salem

Salem Common is the perfect starting point for an afternoon of vibrant color. This beautiful park serves as a town square, right in the heart of Salem. Explore the Salem Witch Museum and browse the town’s unique shops surrounded by autumn’s glory.

 

 

Autumn Views In Marblehead

Marblehead's hills provide views for miles. Walk up Old Burial Hill to visit one of the most picturesque graveyards in New England. From the top you can see a panoramic view of the harbor, splashed with fall colors in red and gold.

Nearby Redd's Pond turns on the charm with colorful trees reflected in the calm waters. Famous for its model sailboat regattas, in autumn the pond is the ideal spot to snap a photo.

 

Image Courtesy of Jeff Kane

 

Fountain Park was the site of a fort during both the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. These days, it has a large gazebo with benches to relax and take in the town’s best views of Marblehead Harbor. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic and a great place to view fall foliage.

Stroll through flaming orange trees at Chandler Hovey Park on your way to the Marblehead Lighthouse, which was originally built in 1835. Park grounds are open year-round, but the lighthouse hours vary by the season.

 

 

Fall Color Hikes: Marblehead, Lynn and Salem, MA

Whether you're an avid hiker or just take occasional walks, getting out in nature is the best way to enjoy the fall color. Marblehead Neck Wildlife Sanctuary is on the peninsula near Marblehead Light, and provides 18 acres of unspoiled woodlands and swamps close by. Walking trails for all ages are popular with leaf-peepers and birders. Its 3.5 mile circular drive is perfect for taking in views of the harbor.

Lynn Woods is a forest park near Lynn, with a formal garden and a cave to explore. Climb the stone tower and you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views of foliage and the Boston skyline in the distance.

Salem Woods is a wooded park with beautiful scenery. Easy trails make it the perfect spot for a family afternoon of leafy color.

 

Scenic Drives: Autumn On The North Shore

For a scenic drive through farmland, take Route 1A from Beverly inland to Newburyport and stop in historic Ipswich, which has more pre-1725 houses than any American town.

Along the coast, take in the color on Route 127 through Beverly and Manchester By-the-Sea, ending at Gloucester’s Ravenswood Park. Here you’ll find 600 quiet acres and ten miles of carriage paths and trails to explore.

 

Andover’s Fall Splendor

Spend an afternoon in Andover, famous for its autumn scenery and the magnificent garden at Stevens-Coolidge Place right in the center of town. It’s a favorite spot for plein air artists, so bring your paints and your camera.

 

Leaf-Peeping In Boston and Cambridge

A day trip to Boston will reward you with a rich palette of yellows and reds, displayed against the city’s architecture. The Boston Public Garden has a variety of trees from all over the world, so the colorful display starts earlier in the season and lasts longer. Close by, you can explore the Beacon Hill neighborhood’s historic streets.

One of the best displays of Boston-area foliage is in the city of Cambridge. Colorful trees line the bike path along the Charles River and Cambridge Common. Mount Auburn Cemetery is a magnificent garden cemetery and arboretum. Stroll through Mount Auburn for fall color, and a collection of plants and trees from around the world. Climb a hill for a view of the Boston skyline.

If you'd like to make autumn color part of your lifestyle, our professional Realtors here at Sagan Harborside Realty have the expertise to find you the perfect location. Just give us a call at 781-593-6111.

 

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