The kitchen is where everything happens – from meals to homework to social hour. Most homes now come with an open kitchen concept, making this room a focal point for the downstairs level of the house. With all this action and attention, your kitchen should speak to your family’s unique style while staying current with design trends. If you’re building or remodeling, think about these style elements.

Stained concrete flooring has come a long way and is now a top-notch floor option that works great in the kitchen. This surface can be colored to match your furniture, wall paint, or any other color scheme you want and polished to a shine or matte finish. Concrete works well in the kitchen because it is easy to clean and stain resistant. It is also waterproof and has become more popular in the Houston area since Hurricane Harvey as a less-expensive and durable flooring choice.

The kitchen island is probably the most used surface in the kitchen, next to the sink. Jazz it up by creating a waterfall effect by extending the surface material over the edge and all the way down to the floor. This sleek line is perfect for capping off a long bar area as well. In high-traffic areas, these waterfalls will help protect cabinets and barstools, too.

When originally constructing or remodeling the kitchen sink and surrounding countertop, consider crafting an integrated sink. This means using the same material for the sink’s basin as is used on the countertop and creates a seamless line. Unlike under-mount sinks, there aren’t any cracks or crevices for food particles to stick to, making them much easier to keep clean.

Pendant lighting and chandeliers are all the rage when it comes to illuminating your kitchen. Edison bulbs and exposed bulbs are a stylish way to light up the room and give off a bright glow since they are unobstructed. Hang a chandelier above the kitchen table, but also above the island or bar seating area using coordinating fixtures.