Kitchen Trends 2017-02-14 03:18:41
LATEST TRENDS FOR UPDATING THE HEART OF THE HOME Keeping current with trends in home remodeling is one of the many services members of the Remodelers Council can provide for homeowners – especially when it comes to the kitchen. “A lot of things have stayed on the kitchen hot list for a while, but a few new things are becoming trendy,” Kevin Vick, owner of Vick Construction & Remodeling, said. “Among them is honing in on how to integrate the dining and living areas.” Making the right choices when updating the kitchen makes the space more functional and visually appealing, and leads to a higher resale value, he said. Here are a few of today’s most popular options. CONCENTRATE ON COUNTERTOPS Clients are moving away from granite, opting for man-made materials. “Many clients request countertops that are hard and dense, yet beautiful,” Vick said. “People go with solid colors, or something that mimics natural stone.” He said he also gets requests for huge islands with eat-in bar tops. Stephen McNiel, founder of Creative Property Restoration Inc., has noticed a movement toward engineered materials. “Customers love the durability and antimicrobial properties of these types of countertops,” he said. “Everyone loves marble, but not the potential for staining – and with these new products, it’s really hard to tell the difference.” KEEP IT BRIGHT Homeowners are sticking to white cabinets, light-colored walls and more lights. Sherry Pruitt, owner of Whodid It Designs, said clients want light and an open space with a lot of flow. “Adding lights is another popular – and affordable – change,” she said. “People are realizing they have many options, such as including LEDs, which add warmth and brightness.” McNiel agrees that LEDs are another change that has taken off. “You can add them to narrow spots, under cabinets, or showcase a backsplash,” he said. GET TECH-Y Homeowners want home-automation devices that control everything. “Now, switches all around the house can be operated with an iPhone,” Vick said. “And touchless faucets are very popular for home chefs.” CABINETS THAT ELIMINATE CLUTTER Customers are always interested in storage solutions. In addition to trash bins that roll out from behind cabinets and lazy Susans that pull out from corner cabinets, Vick said clients often request cabinets around a refrigerator to make it look like a built-in. FINE FINISHES FOR EVERYTHING Most clients request a natural-looking finish. McNiel said most of his clients want wood floors through the first floor. “Houses are so open these days that there aren’t different floors in different rooms,” he said. Pruitt agrees that people want wood, engineered wood or tiles that look so much like wood they can’t tell the difference. Vick predicts copper sinks will be this year’s major kitchen trend. It’s not just about functional, he said; people are drawn to the warm tone of these artistic centerpieces. With many options available for kitchens, guidance from a professional can make a major difference in the remodeling process as well as the finished result. Calling the GHBA’s Remodelers Council is a good place to start.
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