HOMEWORX – Kitchen Trends Worth the $pend

When it comes to home-improvement projects, remodeling the kitchen pays. Whether it’s all the added use you and your family will get out of it or simply the return on investment, an upgraded kitchen adds indisputable value to a home. You may have even thought to bring your remodeling to the future with the help of a professional renovation contractor. Whatever way you choose to do this, be sure to do it for the right reasons! So with spring finally here and renovation season well underway, allow me to share what I consider to be the top kitchen trends for 2017.

Tile is getting big

Hardwood has always been a favourite, but tile is making a comeback. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of kitchen floors in tile again. In particular, oversized tiles — four feet by four feet with very little grout — are becoming increasingly popular. This tile style is easy to clean as less grout means less grout cleaning. As an aside, I don’t recommend polished tile because it’s just too slippery.

Transitional style is in

For the past couple of years people were taking a modern approach to their kitchens; flat panels and minimal details were the order of the day. But I’ve noticed a recent shift towards transitional style, which is basically a compromise between traditional and modern. Think a shaker door with bevelled inset. A transitional kitchen still allows you to have a stainless steel hood fan, for example. Fixtures and fittings should also blend the two styles together. A fireclay sink is an excellent way of embracing this approach. Thinking of upgrading to a fireclay sink? Take a look at this useful guide for some further inspiration: www.annieandoak.com/blogs/design-style/are-fireclay-kitchen-sinks-durable.

Technology has taken hold

Technology impacts virtually every aspect of our lives now, so why not kitchen design? The simple power outlet is no longer enough. I’ve been installing more and more outlets with USB ports. So consider this small but important detail when you’re redesigning. You’ll appreciate it when that iPhone is about to die — and with it, the recipe on the screen. Similarly, integrated TVs are now practically a kitchen appliance. Next to your oven, you can have a built-in flat-screen TV. Why not?

It’s black and white

I would say that seven out of every ten kitchens are a variation of white. Maybe it’s “oyster” or “vanilla,” but it’s still white, which to this day, reins supreme in the kitchen. However, I’m also seeing people go in the complete opposite direction now. Charcoal and black kitchens have become quite popular so don’t feel limited to traditional white.

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