Trend Test: Transform Your Kitchen With Only 5 Pieces
Kitchens serve a practical purpose, so it's understandable that décor can err on the conservative side. Luckily, white tiles or stone countertops make the perfect blank canvas. If renovating isn't an option—after all, the average remodel costs $20,079—there's good news: A careful selection of trend-driven accessories is all you need to give your space a fresh look. From exotic Persian rugs to woven bar stools, we've handpicked the top accents to splurge and save on. Shop these pieces to give your kitchen a spring update, minus the remodel price tag.
Raw and rustic, we're seeing a rise in modern kitchens with wood accents. These unique textured pieces are a great way to soften the look of a sleek, tiled, white space. Be sure to opt for different types of wooden accessories—acacia and olive wood both have stunning grain.
Splurge: Statement wooden bar stools.
Save: Small accessories like chopping boards and servers are an affordable way to incorporate the trend in a subtle way throughout the space.
This American take on French Riviera style is both refined and subtle. Opt for a white-and-blue color palette; then choose your metal of choice for hardware and lighting—gold and silver tends to work best, rather than rose gold or brass.
Splurge: Woven French café–style chairs deliver big impact.
Save: Update napkins and table linen with chic blue-and-white striped pieces.
We've seen Persian runner rugs in the living room, the entryway, and even the bathroom, and now this bohemian décor trend is making its way to the kitchen. Focus on one statement rug as your trend-driven piece; then balance it with brass hardware and marble accents for a polished look.
Splurge: A Persian-style runner rug. Color and pattern is key, so be sure to choose a rug with accent colors that tie-in with the rest of your home.
Save: Updating drawer pulls and hardware is a simple way to quickly elevate a space.
Muddled, moody blue tones are set to be huge this year, according to Erika Woelfel, VP of color marketing at Behr. Rather than adhere to one shade, we're noticing a mix-and-match approach to decorating with blue. Opt for accents in a subdued, stormy hues rather than teal or aqua.
Splurge: Upgrade a white or stainless steel appliance on your countertop to a deep blue statement piece. Choose a kettle or toaster in a dark shade if you're concerned about committing to the trend—it's more likely to work with other trends if your taste changes.
Save: Put blue servewear on display for a low-cost way to integrate the trend throughout your kitchen.