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What’s Cooking in Today’s Kitchens?

Kitchens have always been the heart of the home. Homeowners are always searching for ways to make their kitchen even more comforting and convenient. So, what’s cookin’ in today’s kitchens?

A Place For Everyone

Now more than ever, families continue to congregate in the kitchen. So highly personalized and larger kitchens – with comfy sitting areas, media and computer stations, and family-oriented amenities – are a top priority. Plus, with the wildly popular Food Channel and many culinary shows, more and more people are spending time actually cooking in those kitchens.

Dressed For Success

Ready for a bit of an update? Simply incorporate some of the newest trends in kitchen color and finishes. This year brings us light and neutral tones with shades of gray and soft greens as the newest hues. Black and white is always timeless. Task lighting that is functional but also aesthetically pleasing is key.

For countertops, granite is still king however, new products like stained and sealed concrete or rustic limestone are gaining ground. Backsplashes get a lift with glass mosaics, bamboo, pounded copper and even cork. Flooring made of reclaimed wood, or natural stone are especially beautiful. Stainless steel continues to be popular as well as “hidden” appliances that blend in with the cabinetry.

The Best Laid Plans

If you’re planning a remodel, consider your cooking style. If you are the sole cook, the traditional triangle (stove, sink, refrigerator) is functional. With more cooks in the kitchen, workstations such as vegetable prep, baking centers, and sauce/spice stations add functionality. Your dream kitchen might also contain a dedicated coffee bar, wine nook; even a wood-burning pizza oven.

Islands create informal seating, extra workspace and storage. Today’s islands feature different levels and special amenities such as a second prep sink, convenient shelves, built-in wine storage, plus cooling and warming drawers.

Thoroughly Modern

Each year brings new and amazing technological updates to the kitchen, like smart home apps that automate and access your appliances when you’re not even in the neighborhood. Ease, comfort and technology seem to be the mainstays in modern kitchen design. With new innovations created constantly, there are more and more ways to customize the heart of your home to the room your heart longs for: Your dream kitchen.

Source: DLP Marketing

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