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    Kitchen Remodeling Trends - Gail O'Rourke
    Gail O'Rourke
    Gail O'Rourke (founder/owner of White Wood Kitchens) provides quality cabinets, expert design and full scope project management from concept to completion for any project. Gail comes alongside you to help bring your kitchen redesign efforts those final crucial steps that help bring your home to life.

     

    What’s hot in kitchen remodeling from the Homebuilders & Remodelers Association of Cape Cod and  member Gail O’Rourke of White Wood Kitchens .

     

    • Simpler, with less elaborate detail and trim, is the trend. The National Kitchen and Bath Association reports that “transitional” design -a simple, more modern aesthetic – is surpassing “traditional” for the first time in the association’s history.
    • Darker, furniture-like finishes are popular, but so is pure white and cream. The middle ground such as natural oak is going away. Dark finishes help the kitchen integrate into the overall home’s scheme; pure white is the ultimate accent color that readily complements the rest of the living area.
    • Islands are becoming more multi-dimensional, serving as food-prep areas, snack stations, wine storage, and display cabinets for objets d’art. Also, they’re essential for directing traffic flow within an open floor plan, channeling guests toward comfy seating areas.
    • Appliances are being hidden away behind wood panels and faux veneers so they integrate better with the overall living space. This includes larger refrigerators.
    • Special touches such as built-in expresso makers, hot-water dispensers,  ventless fireplaces and stylish vent hoods are gaining popularity.
    • Customized tile accents on backsplashes and counter tops are in demand..
    • Glass finishes including tiles. Clear glass panels can be installed over walls painted soft colors to give a deep sheen that harmonizes with today’s contemporary looks. They also are easy to clean.
    • Refacing cabinets instead of replacing them. It’s easier and less expensive since you don’t have to change the original cabinet structure.
    • While granite remains the overwhelming favorite, quartz composite countertops that are no-maintenance and virtually bullet proof to damage are gaining popularity. Also, concrete countertops that create more color options and the ability to shape the surface, including embedding materials and designs right on the surface, are an option.
    • Other options for counters include new materials like Fireslate and Caesarstone.
    •  Hardwood floors now come in lighter shades and increasingly with wider planks and hand scraping to create a beachy feel. Easier-to-install and maintain options include engineered-wood flooring, made from a plywood base and a real hardwood veneer.
    • Stylish sinks including deep bowls. Now, single-bowl sinks are competing with double bowled ones.
    • Commercial style stoves and stainless appliances continue to be very popular.
    • Bright LED lighting is gaining ground rapidly.
    • Touch-activated faucets are becoming a popular choice.
    • Satin-nickel finishes remain the most popular for kitchen fixtures, with bronze and oil-rubbed bronze also gaining in use.
    February 24, 2014