The Home Buyer's Korner

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February 19th, 2015

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Kitchen Designs & Trends

Kitchen with cherry wood cabinetryRenovating your kitchen is an excellent way to improve its overall appeal, increase your home’s value whether it’s your existing home or one you are thinking about purchasing. However, the sky is the limit when it comes to cost and can easily cost $10,000, $20,000 or more, which is why you want to make choices that you can live with, both for functionality and financially.

Learning about some of hottest trends can help you create your bucket list and decide what you want and don’t want in your kitchen. Remember if don’t plan on living in your home forever; consider the choices you’re making for its resale value as well.

Trends come and go, but remember the classics remain constant. One of the hot renovation trends for 2015 is a traditional look. Both home owners and those purchasing homes with renovations in mind are no longer attached to trendy colors and modern designs, but they are looking for eco-friendly features and want to be as “plugged in” in the kitchen as anywhere else in the home. Kitchens today have multi-functions from cooking to entertaining, having both internet connections with work stations to cable television. When considering an upgrade be sure to visit local design shops of  our google+ community and don’t be afraid to ask about the latest trends.  Even if you want a home that has a more traditional look, that doesn’t mean it has to be outdated before you even start on your remodel.

Kitchen designers predict that 2015 will bring a return to darker wood colors for cabinets, tables, counters and even floors. Many remodels these days are increasing seeing oil rubbed bronze and darker pulls and handles on cabinets and drawers as opposed to flashy and contemporary chrome accents. Other trends include rustic farmhouse tables, double porcelain sinks and natural stone counters.

It’s hard to go anywhere today without seeing or hearing about green decorating trends and those trends carry over into kitchens. Home owners want products made from recycled materials and the chance to go green, one of those is bamboo flooring and it’s a sustainable construction material that works well. Home owners can also find counters made from old tires, soda bottles and other recycled goods. Don’t forget to add a recycling center as it’s also a hot trends for the kitchen and likely to be around long after you’re not in the home.

Ask anyone what they need in their homes and the odds are good that many will say they need more space. Recessed lighting is one trendy accent that adds more space and reduces the number of fixtures and cords hanging down from the ceiling. Other ways to add more space include adding an island with storage to the center of the room and cutting down on the number of cabinets lining the walls.

There are a number of trendy ways that you can renovate and change your kitchen. Going green, adding more space and bringing in traditional elements are just a few of them.

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