Already picking out granite countertops and espresso floors for your next kitchen remodel? Think again.
These once-treasured features are on their way out, according to design experts Taking their place in the year ahead: durable, light-colored materials that are kid-friendly and open up the kitchen as a central gathering place in the home.
For 2014's Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report, we asked members of our Design Advisory Board to explain why certain kitchen features are fading from popularity and what’s in store for the new year.
Here’s what they had to say.
Saying goodbye to granite
It’s hard to imagine good old granite going out of style, but Marc Thee, co-founder and design principal of Florida-based Marc-Michaels Interior Design, Inc., says the stone is simply expensive and unpredictable. “I just had a situation where the first three slabs of granite were what my client wanted, but the next slab had this pink line running through it,” he recounts. “Control is a huge problem