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KITCHEN TRENDS

Welcome to our Kitchen Trends information page.  Based on our own experience over the last twelve months or so,  we wanted to share with you our observations of the following trends:  

Form and Function
Functionality is definitely in.  Customers want more storage solutions – roll out shelves, deeper drawers, trash/recycling bins, pantries, storage for spices and large mixers.   The Kitchen design that offers these solutions along with the aesthetics of the cabinets can make or break the room’s overall appearance.    It’s important not to sacrifice quality for the sake of price.  Mark Brady Kitchens will most likely have a solution to fit your budget. 

Here’s a few others:

Going “Green”
This seems to be the hot topic of today’s remodeling generation.  The goals of “greening” your kitchen should include natural lighting, good ventilation, low-toxicity finishes, energy and water efficient appliances and surfaces that are durable and cleanable.  Keep in mind that no product has zero impact on the planet, but some choices are better than others.  Being eco-friendly doesn’t necessarily equate to the lowest cost either.  To learn more, click on the following links:
http://www.greenkitchendesignguide.com
http://www.greenhomeguide.com

White Cabinets
According to Better Homes & Gardens, white cabinets are a versatile choice.  White cabinetry opens a room to a number of décor choices.  White works well with multiple architectural styles from traditional to country chic to contemporary.

Hi-Tech Toys
Taking the home “wireless” has become increasingly popular with the tech-savvy generation.  Kitchens and baths are now being accessorized with electronics.  Popular items include wall-mounted televisions, sound systems and computers.

Stainless Steel Appliances
Stainless Steel appliances are still a favorite.  They bring a sophisticated and rich feel to the kitchen and work with a variety of styles.  Fingerprint resistant steel is offered by the manufacturers to reduce the upkeep of smudging.  

Induction Cooking
 Induction cooktops are the newest technology and the most energy-efficient.  These stove tops transfer heat directly to your pots and pans using electromagnetic energy.  The drawback is that you have to use metal cookware - cast iron, stainless steel or enamel will work but glass and aluminum will not.  If you’re serious about going green, this is the choice.  However, it is pricey. 

Check back as the year progresses and we’ll keep you posted on what’s hot and what’s not.


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