Just in case you are still having troubles coming up with ideas for that big remodel of yours, this post is here to inspire you. Kitchen remodel trends in 2011 are sticking to color schemes, textures, and lighting. The great thing about each new year is the slight changes an improvements in efficiency and function of almost every part of a kitchen. Here is a look at some of the best kitchen remodel trends of 2011.

Kitchen Colors

One of the most important things on a person’s mind as they choose new colors for their kitchen is resale value. Even if you are not planning to sell the home anytime soon, this should be a consideration. At the same time, a homeowner wants a kitchen that is unique to them. The 2011 balance for this is to use warm, neutral colors.

Think earthy browns, muted reds, and shades of tan and beige when looking at color palettes for the kitchen. The opposite side to this would be cool muted colors such as olive green or powder blue, which are also very stylish. Also, try to keep this palette to one or two colors for the walls, and use the kitchen appliances, furniture, and accessories as the accent colors.

Add More Color With a Custom Backsplash

If you are just itching for more color in the kitchen, refrain from painting the walls bright purple! Instead, opt for a customized backsplash. These can be made from tile, glass, porcelain, or even recycled plastic, and add a beautiful personal flair without being “overdone.”

Stone Countertops

In a recent survey, almost 82% of consumers said they prefer stone counter tops over any other material. This is really great news, because stone can be used in so many ways that there is no reason to have boring, replicated counter tops. Try polished stone, or worn vintage-inspired stone tiles to create a completely unique counter top. You can even mix in a few complimentary colors to add interest and texture to the overall look of the kitchen!

Top Faucet Styles and Brands

In that same survey, consumers were also asked to identify their top three favorite faucet brands and their favorite style of faucet. The clear winners turned out to be:

  1. Hansgrohe
  2. Kohler
  3. Dorn Bracht

..and the top faucet style came up as contemporary pull out, with 64% of the vote! This means that faucets should be sleek in design and feature a pull out feature, much like the Kohler – Clairette.

Multiple Lighting Sources

Kitchen trends of 2011 are also featuring multiple lighting sources in place of the traditional “big light” model. Rather than one harsh source of light, many consumers are choosing statement lighting fixtures with a few hidden light sources throughout the kitchen.

One of the most important sources of light in the modern kitchen is natural lighting. Large windows and even skylights will provide ample natural lighting for an open and airy feel. For hidden light sources, go for track lights or recessed lighting around the kitchen, under cabinets, in cabinets and above the stove.

Green Products

Of course, kitchen trends of 2011 are going to stay with the eco-friendly theme. In fact, green and sustainable kitchen accessories are becoming more and more trendy by the day. From bamboo hardwood to countertops made of recycled materials, there is a huge demand for the eco-friendly version of almost any product. Also on this “hot list” are energy-efficient appliances and water-saving faucets.

Look for the “green alternatives” to almost any part of the kitchen for that extra oomph. You will be getting a unique and trendy kitchen while also doing your part to save the planet! Want some ideas? Catch our post: Spotlight on 4 Eco-Friendly and Modern Companies

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