Top 10 Kitchen Trends

With the New Year come many things, including new trends and designs. Kitchen Trends focus on diversity, space and planning. Keep these tips in mind while planning a new kitchen.

Allow adequate isle space – a minimum of 4 feet opposite work areas, and 3 feet elsewhere. Allow counter space for work centers: to 42 inches for a mixing center, 12 inches on each side of an island cook top.

Before you commit to a material, consider its suitability for kitchen use and its maintenance needs also plan adequate lighting.

If you want to lighten dark wood, consider stripping and whitewashing it. To paint cabinets, use a gloss or semi-gloss alkyd paint; you may want to embellish them with stenciled or hand-painted designs.

Using latest trends, you also can dress up cabinets with door insets of leaded, beveled, or etched glass or simple panes.

Stock molding, applied to plain-front cabinet doors, adds traditional flair. Treat updated cupboards to new hinges, handles and decorative pulls.

For a kitchen that is basically efficient but mired in the decorating doldrums, fresh paint, a cabinet face-lift and an update of design elements guarantee major impact.