9. Minimal wall cabinets. Want a kitchen that feels open, airy and not too top-heavy? Then we’re sure you’ll appreciate this look, which Pillay predicts will be on the rise in 2015. “Open-plan kitchens are now being designed with fewer wall cabinets, though obviously this depends on the size of the kitchen and storage for the client,” she says.While open-plan kitchens have long been a popular choice for homeowners, having minimal wall cabinets will further enhance a room’s sense of spaciousness. The airy, bulk-free look also allows other design elements or features to enjoy the attention they deserve, she adds, such as windows that frame a picturesque view outdoors or a striking custom-designed range hood, as seen in this contemporary cooking space.
Sometimes a square island is better than a rectangle.Tip: If you don't have the room for a main sink in one of the legs of the L, then put it in the island. This makes for a very tight work triangle and still allows for entertaining. This island has seating on two sides which makes for good conversation as well.