Saving space by installing the microwave over the range has been standard kitchen protocol for years. But that practice is on its way out. As home buyers begin to favor universal design principles, keeping necessities accessible for the entire family becomes ever more important. Consider moving
Pot racks certainly had their moment in kitchen design. Placing a large pot rack over a central kitchen island, however, is no longer your best bet. Pots and pans are now stashed neatly in drawers as opposed to living out in the open. Opting for a redesign that’s sleek and minimalist will remain a safe choice for years to come.
Putting a desk in the kitchen was all the rage for about a decade, because after all, most family life does revolve around the kitchen. The problem is that a kitchen desk just ends up stacked with papers and clutter that you don’t want to see. Pass on the desk, and relegate household business to the home office.
Trend reports claim that this is the year for metal. While that may be, bright brass hardware is out. Luckily, swapping out hardware is a fairly simple and inexpensive way to update a kitchen’s appearance. Go with brushed or satin nickel, which looks much more current.
Distressed and glazed cabinet finishes are a fixture in many a country kitchen. While this style of cabinet rose in popularity over the last decade, it’s now falling out of fashion. When choosing finishes for a cabinet replacement or refacing, choose more modern looks, whether crisp paint colors or clean wood tones.
It once seemed that homeowners would never tire of the throwback charm of the farmhouse sink, yet you’ll rarely see one installed in a kitchen renovation today. Stick with stainless steel, which will always be practical and in style.
Many faux finishes are now on the wane. Today, simplicity reigns supreme. If you’re updating your kitchen, ditch the complicated treatments and go for fresh paint in bold or neutral tones—even a clean wallpaper design will do.
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