2012 Kitchen Trends

The kitchen has become one of, if not THE, most important room in the home. Families are looking for great room type floor plans where they can gather to cook, eat and entertain together in one space. A kitchen doesn’t have to be large, but it does need to be open. When putting together your rehab design, look for ways to create a great feel, even if you have to sacrifice some of the kitchen cabinets. A half wall with an oversize counter top will open the room and create the feeling of a kitchen island, even in smaller spaces.

I am often asked whether it’s worth it to replace appliances with stainless steel. There are always exceptions to every rule, but the trend for stainless has not gone away. It’s almost always important to invest in stainless appliances. Granite counter tops are also here to stay for the foreseeable future. There are also granite-like products that can be used to cut costs, but in most cases the price of granite has become so affordable that it really doesn’t make sense not to go with the real thing. When choosing granite for your counter tops, stay away from any granite that has pink undertones. In a larger kitchen the black granites with midnight blue and silver highlights create a striking and elegant kitchen.

When you are making a choice between painting, re-facing or replacing kitchen cabinets, my recommendation is to just replace them. If the cabinets are in good condition, you may be able to simply add brushed nickel pulls to quickly and affordably update the look. If you do replace cabinets, natural woods are the best choice. Cherry adds a rich look, but if the kitchen is small, go with a lighter wood like Hickory or Maple. Lighting is really critical in kitchens. Canned lighting is fine, with track lighting a good second choice. Make sure to select smaller contemporary track lighting.

Pam Christensen is an Accredited Staging Professional Master who specializes in working with investors to help them maximize their return on investment by providing high quality staging that get results!
Pam Christensen, ASPM
Staging for Charisma, LLC

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