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August 7, 2013

The Top 5 Trends In Kitchens

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The look of the kitchen is changing — already granite countertops and dark wood cabinets are starting to look a little late 90s. If you’re thinking of renovating or building a house (or just like looking!), here are five of the top trends for modern kitchens. And the best part? Some of these are things you can do right now, without spending much money at all.

1. Open Shelving: Open shelving — highly controversial, freakishly popular. Pros: open shelving can make a small kitchen look much larger, and it’s a great way to put all your lovely things on display. Cons: all those plastic stadium cups and souvenir pint glasses are going to have to be stashed in the lower cabinets.

This particular trend is actually quite accessible — if you’d like to try it out, all you have to do is remove your cabinet doors and see how it looks. Then you can choose to go ‘soft’ by replacing cabinet doors with glass-front doors, or replacing a single section of cabinetry with open shelves to display the pretty things — or you can go whole hog and tear out all your cabinets and replace them with shelving. (Hanging shelving won’t be particularly hard, but you may have to re-think your backsplash.)

Tired of your kitchen, but convinced that kitchen remodels are only for people with lots of money? Embrace a few of these trends on a tiny budget, by removing the doors from your upper cabinets and painting the lower ones. If the uppers seem dark, paint the backs in a bright color like orange.

2. White Cabinets and Wood Counter Tops: It’s modern, but warm — the best of both worlds. Not something you can do overnight, but a great application for some. You can get the butcher block look with laminate to keep it low maintenance.

3. Subway Tile: The popularity of subway tile (and other glazed white ceramic tile) shows no signs of flagging. It’s a lovely, traditional look that works equally well in modern kitchens. If you want to try something a little off the beaten path, go for dark grout, which gives the tile an extra little bit of depth (and let’s face it, is way easier to clean).

4: Marble Countertops: Marble has a reputation for being a bit high maintenance, but if you’re willing to put forth the effort, it is really breathtaking paired with the white cabinets that are so popular right now. (It’s also equally striking with black cabinets.) Because it’s a natural material, like wood, marble is wonderful for adding a little bit of visual texture to a modern kitchen.
5. Two-Tone Cabinets: Painting upper cabinets and lower cabinets a different color keeps things interesting — and it’s an easy makeover you can do by yourself (potentially by painting only half your cabinets!). *TIP* Hire a professional, they will know the best paint and application for the job.
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