Kitchens are the focal point of any home, and not just for cooking.  It is the primary gathering spot in most homes today.  If you are interested in adding some pizazz to your kitchen, here are a few top trends:

Colors and Finishes

Single hues are passé, and bold colors are in. Designers are mixing and matching different colors all around the kitchen. When it comes to finishes, metallics continue to be popular.

Cabinets and Sinks

Storage is important in any kitchen, but how much is too much? Fewer cabinets are trending this year. Kitchens without upper cabinets add a modern design element, and is part of a minimalist trend that makes the room feel less cluttered.  Even the kitchen sink is evolving with a new hot color: black. Utility is key for any kitchen sink, but adding a bold dark finish elevates any basin.


Meals begin and end at the kitchen island. Home owners have moved the island to their “must-have” home features list. Trending this year are large islands with bold colors that contrast the rest of the kitchen.


A bright, well-lit kitchen is always in style. Trendsetters are using single pendant lights grouped in a dramatic or unexpected way this year. The non-traditional arrangement of pendant lights can make a statement in any kitchen.

Upstate Parade of Homes

The Upstate Parade of Homes, produced by the Home Builders Association of Greenville and presented by Ryan Homes, is back again in October featuring more than 30 new homes by the top Approved Professional Builders in the Upstate.  The Parade also will spotlight our Signature Community, Riverstone by Ryan Homes, a community of more than 450 new homes near Simpsonville.

Homes are open to the public 12 noon until 5 p.m. daily on October 11-13 and October 18-20.  Admission to the homes requires a complimentary ticket.  Visit for information and tickets, and download our App in your phone’s app store.