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Trends HEATING UP in the kitchen

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The kitchen is widely known as the heart and soul of the home. Whether you’re planning a renovation this year, or just looking for an update for your current space —jump on a few of these trends to create a flawless new kitchen design. This year’s trends come on strong with non-traditional lighting, white appliances, black hardware and natural materials.

WHITE APPLIANCES

Stainless steel appliances have long been the dominating force in kitchen appliances. Meanwhile, white appliances are sneaking in behind the scenes and making their way to kitchen design primacy. Stainless kitchens are beautiful, and will continue to be beautiful for years to come — but anyone looking ahead to a future renovation might want to pause for just a beat. The big players in kitchen builds and renovations are getting behind white. The color (or lack thereof) brings a fresh, bright, and sleek look to any kitchen style.

NON-TRADITIONAL LIGHTING

The ongoing trend of fewer upper cabinets in the kitchen opens up space for more decorative task lighting, like sconces or pendants. Not only does having non-traditional lighting provide your space with a bit of the unexpected, having sconces on an adjustable arm also adds function by giving the option to direct light where you need it most. Kitchen lighting doesn’t have to be all about under-cabinet! Look for decorative task fixtures in black, iron and aged brass finishes to really stand out and make a statement in your kitchen.

LIGHT WOOD & KNOTTY PINE

Sick of all the dark cabinetry? Kitchens in 2014 are embracing natural, raw materials — expect to see not just light wood in cabinetry itself but also walls of barnboard, wood countertops, as well as ceilings of tongue and groove, wood planks and exposed beams. To achieve the look without replacing all of your cabinetry, pick up some reclaimed wood and create open shelving. Light wood can cater to any style, and warm up a space immensely.

BRASS, COPPER, GOLD & BLACK HARDWARE

Chrome, stainless and nickel are no-longer the only options for kitchen hardware and fixtures. Instead, try warm metals and shades of iron and graphite, hardware trends that are becoming increasingly more popular. Feel free to mix your metals — brass hardware with stainless steel appliances creates a very comfortable, warm space. Team up black hardware with white appliances for an ultra-contemporary statement.

CABINETRY THAT LOOKS LIKE FURNITURE

Far from the unfitted kitchens we've seen in the past, the new trend in kitchen design for 2014 is built-in accent cabinets that act as framework for the rest of the cabinetry. To achieve this trend; create contrast by utilizing both colour and style, introduce more detailed door profiles, and bulk up kitchen islands with large pillars on the corners. Incorporate tall and narrow cabinets to sit right on the counters, flanking the stove or on either ends of a run of cabinetry.

Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 8, 2014

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The kitchen is widely known as the heart and soul of the home. Whether you’re planning a renovation this year, or just looking for an update for your current space —jump on a few of these trends to create a flawless new kitchen design. This year’s trends come on strong with non-traditional lighting, white appliances, black hardware and natural materials.

WHITE APPLIANCES

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The kitchen is widely known as the heart and soul of the home. Whether you’re planning a renovation this year, or just looking for an update for your current space —jump on a few of these trends to create a flawless new kitchen design. This year’s trends come on strong with non-traditional lighting, white appliances, black hardware and natural materials.

WHITE APPLIANCES

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