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Kitchen and bathroom renovations are two of the biggest “return on investment” projects homeowners can undertake. Not only do upgrades and updates add immeasurably to your home’s functionality and comfort; but, should you sell your house, renovations to these rooms add tremendously to your home’s resale value.
 
In an earlier article, we spoke about kitchens and bathrooms being two of the highest return-on-investment improvements a homeowner can make.
 
Today, we’re taking a look at what’s trending in kitchen renovation projects. At the same time, we caution homeowners to strike a healthy balance between the trendy and the classic. Why? Because kitchen renovations are costly, and the work done needs to last for years without being easy to date.
 
WoodKitchenKitchen cabinets are the first, and biggest, decision to make when undertaking a kitchen reno. Back in style now are oak cabinets, perhaps a little surprisingly!
 
Mixed wood cabinets are also in style, with a number of trend-setting designers favoring driftwood-inspired tones that read “gray” overall.
 
White remains one of the freshest new “neutrals” and it’s a colour that makes good sense in the kitchen when you’re thinking simple, clean, uncluttered and unfussy.
 
While stainless steel appliances have been hot for a number of years, at the moment there’s an increasing trend towards blending white appliances seamlessly into white cabinetry.
 
If you like your home to show leading-edge design, adding metallic to gray colour stories is an up-to-the-minute trend.
 
The newest paint shades offer metallic finishes, as do a number of designer backsplash tiles. These two simple updates can transform even tired kitchens, without breaking the bank!
 
Oil rubbed bronze kitchen fixtures such as faucets, knobs & pulls and lighting are an important surface for 2015. If oil rubbed bronze is too dark or too dramatic for your kitchen, check out another trending finish – brushed nickel.
 
Warm, inviting kitchens hold universal appeal. Warm accents are easily added with the current hottest trend in kitchen design – warm-coloured metals.
 
Brass and copper accents are two of the easiest ways to add warm metals to your kitchen – copper pots and pans, a copper range hood, brass-framed art, brass or copper wall scones and candlesticks – the possibilities are nearly endless.
 
WhiteFarmSinkPlain white sinks, particularly farm sinks, are extremely popular again for 2015. Besides giving your kitchen a fabulous look, their generous proportions lend themselves to all kinds of practical applications too!
 
Open concept kitchen plans. The trend towards open plan homes has been around for some time now, and shows no sign of going away anytime soon.
 
For kitchen renovators, this means considering the following important detail. Décor between your kitchen and other open spaces that have visual access to the kitchen should be consistent.
 
That doesn’t mean matchy-matchy. It means selecting pieces that harmonize well, and placing them strategically throughout the open space plan. Coordinating area rugs, several pieces of art by the same artist, or harmonizing wall colour palettes are all great places to start.
 
But perhaps the most important kitchen renovation trend is this. Homeowners are increasingly cost-conscious, and in search of cost-saving solutions. Interestingly, and somewhat ironically, this is leading a trend towards demand for “trend-proof” design concepts and products, especially when it comes to nearly permanent improvements such as cabinetry and flooring.
 
 


Originally Published by The Chronicle Herald

 

Alexandra Kelter

 
Alexandra Kelter is a social media specialist with Central Home Improvements. Her column covers many aspects of home improvement, both indoor and outdoor, and will combine trending styles with practical applications all within realistic budgets. Kelter is also passionate about fashion, travel, living by the ocean and her bulldog.