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Top 6 Kitchen Trends

Update and enhance your kitchen with some of these top trends.  You may be tempted to do a full overhaul on your kitchen and make it as "up-to-date" as possible, but be forewarned that not all trends are created equal and may go out just as soon as they came in. Incorporate various elements to update without investing in a full remodel- check out our * for some simple ways.

And don't forget- a coat of fresh paint goes a long way.

                                                   

1. Unique Islands

Break away from the norm and repurpose larger tables, banquets and more to use as kitchen islands. You can also utilize these bases and add on a traditional stone top. The larger the island the better too. Whether it's every day dining or entertaining, everyone always gathers in the kitchen. 

2. Warmer Feel

We're not saying that the white kitchen is out (put down the paint brush), but we are starting to see a return to warmer woods and richer warmer colors. Although we've seen some use of mauves and rosey shades for cabinets, we're not sure if this trend will stick on Long Island. To incorporate that warmer feel into your current kitchen, think textiles or even a statement wall using wallpaper. 

3. Make a splash with your backsplash

Slab backsplashes are still popular, giving a continuous look from countertop on up. But we are also seeing the use of other medias such as antiqued mirrors and more which warms up the space and adds a bit of a innovative touch. *Subway tile is timeless so update your look with cool accessories which show your personality - the more organic the accessory the more "in" you'll be.

4. Smart Tech

Maybe the Jetsons were on to something! Technology continues to making waves in the home making life easier, quicker and more energy efficient. Appliance companies are making appliances which connect to your phone, touchless faucets and so much more!
* You don't need to renovate to make your kitchen smart - check out these appliances- 20 Best Smart Kitchen Appliances & Tech To Make Your Home Smart

5. Colored Cabinets

Another popular trend set to rise? “Bold coloured cabinets,” says Lauren Lerner, founder and principal designer at Living with Lolo. Jerad Gardemal, principal designer and owner at JF Gardemal Designs seconds that. “Painted cabinets in unexpected colours will also be a trend,” says Gardemal, who also prophesies an upswing of soft blush pinks and corals, as designers and homeowners move away from white and grey. Furthermore, JL Design interior designer Rachel Burger is a fan of incorporating more colour back into a kitchen via “tile, paint or lighting.” 

6. Textural Finishes

“I think people will continue to emphasise texture with backsplashes and statement lighting,” predicts Galloway. “Gone are the days of subway tile backsplashes—now we are seeing many hand-formed materials that have layers of depth and interest with their imperfections." Think: Moroccan Zellige tiles, plaster wall finishes and natural stone bench tops. Designers are thinking beyond marble too. “Use of natural quartzite for counter tops has such beautiful light tones, but it is also durable and impervious to everyday wear and tear,” says Gardemal. Also consider adding texture via your kitchen cabinets, says Maestri. You can still opt for a modern and sleek cabinet design, but add ornate crowns and moldings for added textural detail.

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