Nearly half of new homeowners who undertake a home improvement project within three months of buying a new home start in the kitchen. So what’s trendy, but also has some staying power?
Here’s what’s hot:
Eco-friendly features. Nearly half of those surveyed said using eco-friendly appliances and materials in their kitchens is important. Eco-friendly can be done in the remodeling process too, by refacing kitchen cabinets rather than ripping out and buying new. Additionally, green paints can be used in kitchen cabinet refacing.
While a variety of Energy Star-recommended appliances and green-certified building products are on the market, eco-friendly changes also can be as simple as using cloth rather than paper towels, replacing plastic containers with glass, or using non-toxic cleaners.
Granite and quartz countertops. 94% of respondents said they’re changing their countertops. Granite countertops still top the list at 50%, but quartz is next. Marble only drew 10%.
Quartz countertops are resistant to stains and scratches and are easy to take care of, kitchen designers say.
Tile backsplashes. Tile was the top choice for backsplash accents. Half of respondents preferred it, with marble, stone slab and other materials trailing far behind. A lot of people are using the backsplash as sort of the jewelry of the kitchen. That’s where they’ll put that splash of color, because it won’t be overwhelming.
Floors. Hardwood floors led the list of choices, but here’s another area where tiles made a strong showing, coming in second.
Stainless steel. A majority of respondents favor stainless steel appliances. Some homeowners are combining appliance finishes or integrating stainless steel into cabinetry, this can be done with cabinet refacing.
Chef’s stoves. A professional-grade range — a stove with options such as a flat griddle or a cooktop to accommodate a searing pan or a wok — topped kitchen wish lists as a dream appliance.
Kitchen Islands. They’re popular but not a must. 61% said they’re incorporating an island. A kitchen has to be large enough for an island.
Transitional style. This look, traditional and contemporary, has grown in popularity.
White cabinets. Whites and off whites are the top choice for color schemes, at 73%. The popularity of white cabinetry jumped this year. Refinished cabinets can be done in white stains or paints.
Gray color schemes. Grays are coming on strong. Gray is really hot. It has been for the past couple of years and it’s still trending that way.
The takeaway from all this?
People really want easy, clean, unfussy kitchens. And remember, don’t get carried away. For more information on kitchen cabinet refacing and refinishing, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.
Santa Fe New Mexican