Tuesday, 24 May 2016

New Trends in Kitchen Remodeling You Should Know

Your kitchen is the real working heart and most used part of your home; it is no surprise, therefore, it shows signs of wear and faded appearance sooner than the other parts. That is why kitchen remodels are among the most common of home remodeling projects.

Also your kitchen should be remodeled to acquire two vital features – trouble-free, high utility and refreshing look – both lasting for long and making your time there a pleasant experience. Here are a few new trends that demand your active consideration.

White is always right

Yes, a white kitchen is indeed traditional! But its popularity continues to trend: about 67% of the members of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) say that it is their top color choice.

The 2014 ‘Best in American Living Awards’ of the National Association of Home Builders highlighted layering white on white. This means fixing white cabinets on white counter tops with white backsplashes. 

Moreover, white appliances are easy to clean and blend with both traditional and contemporary kitchen decors. 

Gray is a great color

If you do want color in your kitchen, think of gray. It is the kitchen color growing fastest in popularity, according to the NKBA. If you live in a cold cloudy climate, use gray on wood to create warmth, or pair it with hot colors like yellow and red. In a warm climate, light gray is a cool and pleasant color on its own.

Small appliances

Appliances are shrinking in size without losing functionality. Look for appliances that have small footprints to increase the open area of your kitchen. You will be surprised at how much easier life is with more space to move in a kitchen. These small appliances have contributed to the growth of small secondary kitchens for adult children and elderly parents. Is this something your home needs?

Quartz counters

In the past, quartz and granite countertops were tied in popularity. The trend now is for quartz and with good reason. It is the toughest countertop material, and is resistant to chips, scratches and burns. And unlike granite, quartz does not have to be sealed every year to prevent staining. Available now are quartz countertops that look like granite, but are much tougher.

Modern lighting

LED lighting is the future. Not only do these bulbs consume far less electricity, but also last long – about 50,000 hours. That means you can install them in places where bulb replacement is not something you want to do often. Also, they emit almost no heat, and so do not burn cabinets or leave scorch marks on walls, if left on indefinitely.

Touch-activated faucets

Touch-activated faucets may be a little expensive, but they do: save water – a globally scarce commodity (for which you are billed); reduce the need for turning them on and off with dirty oily hands and then scrubbing them clean.

Keep things accessible

Plan to arrange the most frequently used utensils and appliances in such a way that it is easy for you to access and handle them. Reduce strenuous bending and stretching and possible tension, making your time in the kitchen less of a hassle.

Every home owner has unique ideas about how a remodeled kitchen should look and function. Engaging a professional with design-build remodeling expertise and experience will ensure that your ideas are translated into a real kitchen with all the dream facilities, and elegant features.