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Seven Trends to think about before you remodel

In most every home, the Kitchen is a room where people spend a lot of time. For many homebuyers the kitchen is one of the most important aspects of the decision to buy or pass on a home. If you are looking for the kitchen of your dreams and planning on remodeling soon, take a look at our trends before you do. You can thank us later.

1. Choose Quartz over Granite countertops.

According to “Consumer Reports” quartz is the toughest countertop material,  it is more scratch, burn, and chip resistant. Crushed quartz stone is mixed with resin to produce countertops that range from solid colors to the look of real granite, but they’ll beat natural stone in toughness. Quartz is easier to maintain and you won’t have to seal it every year like you would with granite.

2. White and gray lead the way

Forget about those bright bold colors in your kitchen, especially when it comes to paint or large appliances. For walls, white or light gray will continue to trend. If you want to add a pop of color, try a small appliance like a KitchenAid stand mixer or a funky toaster.

3. Install a touch faucet

What was once only a fad seen on the “Rachel Ray Show” has grown in popularity over the years- the touch activated faucet. Rather than have to get the handle dirty with your tainted hands, this faucet has a sensor so all you need to do it touch it and the water comes on. It will certainly make clean up a little easier while you are cooking.

4. Go Pro

Most all appliance makers offer more than one line off products. Treat yourself and opt for the professional or commercial version as an upgrade.  Expect a slightly higher price tag but you get what you pay for. Sturdier nobs, and gadgets that are better equipped for the long haul. Opt for stainless steel for a timeless classy look.

5. Think outside the box for lighting

Recessed lighting is pretty basic. Look to lighting specialist to help add a pop to your kitchen. Don’t be afraid of big modern light fixtures if your ceiling is high enough to support it. If you have an eat in kitchen, try to find a “show stopper” piece to go over the table. Update your bulbs to LED lighting for reduced electrical consumption and better lighting.

6. Declutter as much as possible

Chances are you don’t need an 8 slice toaster on your countertop 24/7. Find storage spots for the blender, the toaster, and that $3000 espresso machine you just had to have after your last trip to Miami for a cafecito. They are just cluttering up your kitchen and need to go. Choose a few nice display pieces- KitchenAid stand mixer for example, that are left out, but get rid of the rest. And stop buying every single kitchen gadget you ever saw.

7. Backsplashes are all the rage

Add a design element to your kitchen with a backsplash behind the stove or the sink. (Or both.) This is a great way to highlight the markings of your new quartz countertop or pull in color from the flooring. A good back splash can be the final touch your new kitchen needs to really look finished. If your kitchen has little natural light, think white tiles to help add some light to the room.

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Ian Maloney
Ian Maloney is from Delmar, DE. He lives in Miami Beach with his husband Alan and their dog Goldie. He loves learning languages, history, and writing about politics. He holds a Master's Degree from Wilmington University and a Bachelor's from the University of Delaware.