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    2014 Kitchen Building Trends | Home Improvement

    In 2014, the kitchens are being updated, and designers are making them look more modern and elegant. More homes are placing emphasis on the design of the kitchen as the hub of the home. The New Year is filled with new and innovative kitchen trends drawing inspiration from both historic cues and modern design. Check out our favorite trends below:

    2014 Kitchen Trends | Madison WI
    Photo by Susan Serra

    1. Open Shelving and Glass-Front Cabinets

    Open shelving and glass front cabinets will make an ordinary kitchen appear extraordinary. Most home owners think that open shelving is more convenient than cabinetry. They are also more cost effective. Glass front cabinets are impressive and can add intrigue to a simple design. Up-lighting is included to highlight china and glassware.

    2. Black Countertops

    Granite, quartz or other solid surfaces in black are the growing trend. They rarely show stains, and the color blends with nearly every color in the kitchen. Monochromatic black or black and greens, yellows, blues, reds, whites, grays or other colors can be quite appealing in a modern kitchen. Kitchen islands are also the perfect place for black countertops, especially if you only want to utilize the color in one area of the kitchen.

    3. Dark Wall and Cabinet Colors

    Dark paint colors are growing in popularity and are expected to be a big hit this year. Black can be used as an accent and also on a wall as a focal point. Black walls with white or blonde cabinets can be quite attractive and modern. Dark blue and dark red are also expected to make quite an impression in 2014. Paint can turn a kitchen from “drab to fab” in a few simple strokes.

    4. Apron-Front Sinks

    These sinks are great for hosting dinner parties when there are a lot of dishes involved. These sinks are reminiscent of those found in farm houses and historic homes. The most common materials used include stainless steel, porcelain, granite and copper.

    5. Slate Appliances

    Stainless steel appliances are being replaced by slate color appliances. Slate is a softer neutral gray and is complementary to many other accessories in the home. If you want to resist fingerprints and have product that’s easier to clean, try slate appliances. They are often finished with bold and brushed metal touch points.

    Building trends can really enhance the home and make it more valuable in the long run. While the changes appear minor they can make the kitchen more welcoming and a place to congregate and enjoy the space. Through incorporating one or a few of these trends, you will immediately add value and lasting style to your home’s kitchen area.

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