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#1 Love White? You Won’t Go Wrong
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It’s hard to believe that white kitchens could get even more popular, but the preference for white cabinets continues to soar. And white kitchens are still at the top when it comes to home projects and trends in the kitchen area. White is also a top choice for cabinets and layering white on white seems to be a hit in the modern home — White backsplashes beneath white cabinets on white countertops — were spotlighted in 2014 and are still not going anywhere in 2017.
Though subway tile is now displayed with different color schemes, and a splash of color might be seen in appliances and accents of teal and orange seem to be a hit as well. Best in American Living Awards presented by the National Association of Home Builders.
Stainless steel will always be around, but some homeowners like to add white appliances to even the whitest of white kitchens.
White appliances are so much easier to keep clean than stainless, which smudges if you as much as look at it. Plus, the new icy look is simple, fresh, and able to blend into transitional and contemporary styles.
And since stainless has filtered down to the masses, it no longer has that expensive and exclusive cache it once had. But white will always have staying power. Home Projects – 50’s kitchen done in 2017
#2 Want Color? Go for Neutral Gray
The popularity of sleek, sophisticated gray color schemes is soaring. A high percentage of designers said gray is the fastest-growing color scheme for kitchens since 2014.
But gray can be tricky. In cold, cloudy climates, gray can appear frozen unless you use it on warm materials like wood cabinets, or pair it with hot colors likes reds and yellows. On the other hand, gray can appear pleasantly cool in sunny, hot climates — a breath of fresh air in heat and humidity. So while white kitchens are a safe bet, gray is neutral enough — and close enough to white — to have staying power if you use it well.
#3 Embrace Smaller Appliances
Small is big these days. Micro-living is taking off for millennials and retirees. Owners of multigenerational homes are installing tiny, secondary kitchens for returning adult children and elderly parents.
Typically, these micro-kitchens feature a two-burner cooktop, combo microwave/convection oven, 18-inch dishwasher, and 60-inch fridge or refrigerator drawer.
#4 Choose Quartz Counters Over Granite
In 2013, quartz and granite almost tied in countertop popularity. But since 2014, the trend is definitely toward quartz and in 2017 we are still in the same place as we were in 2014 when it comes to the popularity of Quartz Counter Tops.
“Consumer Reports” published that quartz is the toughest countertop material, which resists scratches, burns, and chips. Crushed quartz stone is mixed with resin to produce countertops that range from solid colors to the look of real granite, but they’ll beat natural stone in toughness. It’s easy to maintain, and unlike granite, you don’t have to seal it annually to prevent stains. Your kitchen is the one place where you want to be careful about trendy choices. The last thing you want is a kitchen that’s out of sync in just a few years simply because you followed a trend. Instead, look at the trends regarding the value they bring to your home and find out if the style is here to say.
Granite and marble have long been the reigning high-end countertop material of choice — but if you’ve browsed a kitchen showroom recently, you may have noticed that these swanky stones are being usurped by quartz. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, manufactured quartz is now the leading countertop material — and with good reason.
- Unlike high-maintenance granite and marble (they’re beautiful but fragile!), quartz are naturally stain repellent and impervious to acidic foods.
- It’s resistant to scratches and chips. Translation: you don’t have to worry about your countertops looking trashed from normal wear and tear.
- Quartz doesn’t require any sealing, whereas granite and marble require at least yearly treatments.
- The biggest reason for the recent surge in quartz’s popularity can likely be traced to advances in the man-made stone’s aesthetic.
- Manufacturers have figured out how to remove the overly flecked and unnaturally uniform patterns and create the organic-looking swirls and variations of natural stone.
- Quartz falls right between granite and marble per square foot in pricee
With its reasonable price point, newly improved form, and superior function, we think the quartz trend is here to stay.
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#5 Invest in LED Lighting
Ribbons of LEDs are showing up in the weirdest — and most unusual — places: Along toe kicks as night lights; on the inside of cabinet doors to show off grandma’s China; concealed in crown molding to wash ceilings with light.
LED rope or cove lights are gaining in popularity because:
- LEDs come in a rainbow of colors, from bright to soft white, red, blue, and green.
- You can get creative about where you install them.
- LEDs emit virtually no heat so that you can keep them on forever without burning cabinets or walls.
- LEDs are energy efficient, lasting 50,000 hours on average — five times longer than CFLs.
And they’re coming down in price, making them more affordable for the average homeowner than they were a few years ago.
#6 Rethink Your Fridge
Refrigeration is no longer limited to a single, hulking unit. Homeowners are customizing their cooling needs with “point of use” refrigeration, adding cool where they need it.
That could mean adding a counter-height produce fridge in your prep island, next to a wine cooler for the adults, and a juice/soda fridge for the kids.
Don’t think we’re talking about dorm-fridge quality and prices. U-Line point-of-use refrigerators, for example, offer (depending on the model) 11 shelf positions, full-extension slide-out bins, and five food and beverage settings labeled deli, market, pantry, root cellar, and beverage.
#7 Install a Touch-Activated Faucet
Touch-activated faucets are bursting out the fad category into the must-have kitchen category.
On the face of it, touch-activated seems a bit futuristic, but not really considering where technology is headed. Being able to control your faucets with a touch of a button can really help when it comes to many things. Sleek design, functionality, not to forget it’s great for those times when you’ve got dirty, chicken-goopy hands, and for those in your household who refuse to turn the water on and off between tasks because it’s too much hassle. And as water becomes scarcer, anything that saves gallons will have value — and save you on your water bills.
A reason we recommend touch-free over hands-free: As you know from public bathrooms with hands-free activated faucets, they’ll often turn on when you don’t want them to and not turn on when you do. We all hate when we are at the airport rushing and the water will not turn on after you have dispensed way too much soap in your hands.
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