Posted by: realtormarkpalace | March 9, 2011

Popular kitchen remodeling trends

NEW YORK – March 9, 2011 – When remodeling a kitchen, the latest trends lean toward stylish kitchens with cleaner lines, built-in dining and pops of color.

1. Built-in dining areas. Eat-in kitchens are in high demand as more remodelers opt for extensions in counters that resemble a table, either in lower or higher height to the countertop. The counter extension is different than bar seating because diners can sit around the edge and face one another – not just sit in a row. The counter extension saves space, offers an extra buffet service and more kitchen storage, says Deanna Carleton of Kitchen Design Group.

2. Dressing up the kitchen with lighting. An affordable way to upgrade a kitchen is just by switching out the lights, designers say. For example, hand-blown glass shades on pendant lights, contemporary drum shades and chandeliers quickly update a kitchen. Layers of light continue to be popular, such as with a ceiling lighting fixture combined with under-counter lighting as well as ambient lights behind a glass-front door, designers say. LED under-counter lighting and LED recessed ceiling lights are also popular.

3. Pops of color. Neutral colors in the kitchen are a safe preference, but more kitchens are adding bolder pops of color – such as in persimmon or pomegranate – to spice up the kitchen. Colored knobs, kitchen accessories and even appliances are bringing in these pops of color. Designers say pops of color can also be brought in by the fabric choice in kitchen seats or window valances.

4. Striving for simplistic luxury. Clean lines and transitional designs are “in” while ornate Tuscan and French country kitchen styles are falling out of favor in the kitchen. Betty Nairn of Cabinet-S-Top in Granger Township, Ohio, says “simplistic luxury” is the kitchen trend nowadays.

Source: “8 areas to pay attention to when updating your kitchen,” RISMedia (March 5, 2011)

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