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Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2014 - Newton, MA

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A new year brings new kitchen design trends. There are plenty of new kitchen remodeling ideas that people are excited to put into their kitchens in 2014. Here are the kitchen trends that are popular this year:

1. Engineered stone countertops; they don’t chip or stain like granite and the other natural stones can, and are gaining popularity in homes with children.

2. Open Concepts; homeowners want to create a space that allows more people to gather in and around the kitchen instead of compartmentalized areas.

3. Gray; either gray stained cabinetry or gray painted walls, gray is definitely the new beige.

4. Stainless steel hoods with beautiful backsplashes; instead of just the hood being a focal point, it allows the whole area to become a focal point.

5. Open shelving; it draws the eye upward and breaks up a space that’s heavy with cabinetry. Refacing cabinets is a great way to speed up the job, save time and money, and save on resources. With cabinet refacing, shelves or glass doors can be added as well.

6. Glass tile backsplash; it adds beautiful texture to a kitchen and isn’t found in every kitchen you walk into.

7. Large kitchen islands with seating; as the kitchen becomes more of an entertaining space, homeowners like to incorporate seating around the island to make the kitchen even more inviting for guests.

8. Prep sinks in addition to main sinks; this is ideal for families who typically have two cooks in the kitchen, allowing both people to work without bumping into one another.

9. Beverage centers; they help the traffic flow in a kitchen, especially while entertaining.

10. Quality products; people want to remodel their kitchen with quality materials and products that won’t need repairs or replacing in a few years.

For more information on kitchen remodeling, contact Kenneth C. Lewis.

Chicago Tribune

Trendy Kitchen Ideas With Staying Power – Boston, Providence

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, December 04, 2013

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.

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