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5 Kitchen Trends to Watch in 2017
A kitchen remodel is the singular most cost-effective room remodel you can put into your home
if you’re planning on putting it on the market. The ROI is usually more than 100% and very often
much, much more. With the upswing in the real estate market these days, a full or partial
kitchen remodel can help you sell your home faster and for a higher dollar amount.
1. Tuxedo Kitchens
You may have not heard of the term “tuxedo kitchen,” but you have likely seen the color-clocked images.
The style is relatively simple, usually with the white on the top, and a darker color such as black or dark
gray on the bottom of the kitchen.
When designing your tuxedo kitchen remember that the small accents are absolutely essential to tying
this look together and really making it pop. Think brushed gold cabinet hardware with matching faucets
and light fixtures, or utilizing the identical style cabinets for both top and bottom, but white on top and
navy below, with matte finishes on both.
The little details will make or break this room, so pay attention to the subtleties!
2. Wood Paneling
Now, or course we’re not talking about 1970’s basement wood paneling…no, today’s wood paneling is
rich in color and texture and nothing at all like the past. The prevailing trend over the next years will be
towards the light colored, even white, paneling and will be used on walls, ceilings, backsplashes…you’ll
see lots of creative uses for paneling!
While lighter colors prevail, faux weathered greys and brown inspire a rustic look without having to
break the bank on reclaimed barnwood. Warm tones give depth to rooms where people gather such as
kitchens and living rooms, or where we take sanctuary – bedrooms and libraries or den areas.
3. Hidden Appliances
Hidden appliances are those that are made to look as if they are cabinets, with the same design in doors and hardware. The trend will be towards hidden appliances, even small appliances such a coffee makers and microwaves, and certainly bigger items like refrigerators and dishwashers.
Nearly every appliance but the stove can be “hidden” and disguised as cabinetry, and this creates a clean, uncluttered looking kitchen overall. This look will be especially attractive to those who spend a great deal of time in the kitchen and are looking for a cozier, more relaxing feel.
4. Patterned Tiles
Out with the subway-inspired tiles, and in with electric patterned tiles. Use many different patterns within a color range for a really funky look, or stick with a more traditional, yet still colorful, look of alternating patterned tiles.
The options here are truly endless, and you’ll find patterned tiles to fit every room, use, and budget. Go for a simple project like a new kitchen backsplash, or do an entire bathroom! Mix patterned tiles with solid-colored tiles or go all-out with one style/pattern. A simple online search for “patterned tiles” gives enormous inspiration!
Faucets with sensors – great for kids who can’t yet reach. Lights that go on when we enter a room and automatically go off when they stop detecting motion. Meat thermometers that notify your smartphone when your roast has achieved the correct temperature. These are but a few of the quickly increasing options when it comes to automating your home. In 2017 and future years, we’ll see more of these automation trends, and many of them will allow you to run your home from your smartphone or device. Exciting times, indeed!
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