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Design Trends: Renovating The Modern Kitchen

kitchen-1289487459The New Year is said to be the time when it’s out with the old and in with the new. While typically referring to bad habits or some other personal idiosyncrasy, the same enthusiasm can also be directed at home renovation projects. Ask any homeowner and they’ll say that the kitchen is the heart of their home. It’s where the family gathers, where they work together to prepare meals and tell of their daily activities. Updating a kitchen can be one of the most satisfying and cost effective renovation projects you can carry out.

A kitchen renovation is a project that can last the lifetime of the home, so make sure you take advantage of the latest trends to ensure the work you do today will benefit your family and your home’s resale value in the future. Homebuilders and designers suggest that in 2015 new homes will be more environmentally sensitive and cater to a more casual lifestyle. The modern kitchen is more than that place where the food is prepared it’s also a place of entertainment, meeting and family togetherness. New homes, or older homes being renovated, will often feature a spacious open floor plan. This uncongested and inviting space satisfies the desire for gathering and connecting with loved ones. Open spaces can also easily transition into other uses, for example integrating foyer, kitchen, dining and living functions.

The contemporary kitchen will feature a number of ways to add a personal touch that not only serves a functional purpose but also adds a level of personality to the space. A few of the more popular functional trends designers favor include the use of open shelving, cook tops, wall ovens, and under-counter options such as specialized drawers for wine, refrigeration and microwaving. The use of pull-out faucets and pot fillers remain popular with many while brushed nickel finishes for faucets, hardware and lighting. Other popular options include: pewter, polished chrome and antique bronze finished hardware.

Modern homeowners are also far more environmentally sensitive than in past generations. Energy miserly lighting, more efficient dishwashers, steam ovens, induction cooking, under-counter vegetable crispers and dedicated drawers to accommodate savings and lifestyle preferences are also very popular. Kitchens today increasingly serve as the home’s control center as well. It is the place where family’s manage busy schedules, charge cell phones and share the day’s events.
Technology is also bringing green features into kitchen design including low E windows, and low flow faucets. Making a home smarter with Energy Star rated and Wi-Fi enabled appliances that relay maintenance information to the manufacturer and the owner is another trend of note for those with a home renovation project in mind.

Even something as basic as color works into an effective 2015 kitchen renovation. Modern color trends are generally soft, moving away from the stark whites of your Mother’s kitchen in favor of creamy neutral palettes with just a hint of color such as gold, lavender, blue, green and raisin. Painted, stained and matte finishes are increasingly mixed with wood, usually in earth tones including muted greens, chiffon yellows and deep blues, as well as browns, reds, blacks and grays. By using color effectively the kitchen renovation allows the space to flow more naturally into the rest of the home, creating a unified and appealing effect.

A kitchen renovation is something that is unique to the property and the needs of the homeowner. As varied as imagination and technology allows, a well planned kitchen renovation will enhance the owners living experience, and add genuine value to the property if a future sale is being considered. An excellent first step is to talk with your contractor to see what’s available and to work out costs.

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