10 Must-Have Kitchen Upgrades for 2017

The holidays have come to an end, and a new year is finally here, bringing with it exciting new design trends. For those planning on remodeling a home in 2017, the kitchen is a fabulous place to begin, and we are so excited to help you achieve your vision. We think these 10 kitchen upgrades will deliver to your home the best style and functionality for entertaining and enjoyment.

New Counters

Upgrading and updating surfaces in your kitchen is always appealing. New counters provide a fresh and beautiful look, especially with the new materials now available. One of our favorites is Caesarstone quartz countertops. Caesarstone has introduced a line of neutral colors that remain clean and contemporary. Quartz, quartzite, and granite are the perfect, durable choices for busy kitchens, but even wood countertops are a chic choice.

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New Decorative Hardware

Add elegance by choosing new hardware for your kitchen. It is amazing how dramatically you can change the look of your kitchen with such a small detail.  We adore the designs offered by Atlas Homewares or Schaub & Company. Contemporary combinations create a unique look, so feel free to play around with combinations, such as fun, painted cabinets with transitional hardware.

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LED Lighting

Lighting influences the colors, contours, and shapes of the kitchen, and LED lighting can be used for style and function. Under-counter lighting, recessed cans, and pendant lighting can all modernize the look of your kitchen. Add flair with an unusual lighting fixture that will make your kitchen memorable.

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Better Storage Solutions

Maximizing storage is always a necessity, especially if you’ve just invested in gorgeous new countertops that you’d like to keep clear of clutter. In addition to customized cabinets and nooks, Wine Logic offers an ingenious solution for wine storage, with in-cabinet wine racks that sport a horizontal design, optimizing kitchen space.


Refrigeration Appliances

The fridge never has enough room, especially when you’re entertaining. Extra cold storage that doesn’t take up another fridge-size space can solve a lot of problems. Sub-Zero offers elegant wine storage and inconspicuous under-counter refrigeration solutions, and U-Line produces innovative drawer refrigerators perfect for bars or juicing areas.

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New Paint

No kitchen would be complete without a fresh coat of paint. While you can never go wrong with a black-and-white palette, which provides a timeless design decision that matches with any accent color, the choice to go bold is certainly not out of the realm of possibility. Consider an accent wall in Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year, Shadow 2117-30.

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year

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As you’re updating your kitchen and colors, a must-have we love is a backsplash with panache. Glass and metal tiles from Bliss or Daltile contrasts dramatic patterns with smooth counters.

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Lower the Bar

As far as a kitchen upgrade is concerned, this is literal. By lowering the bar height to 36 inches, you create a more open and inviting kitchen. Instant space for 2017, following the trend of minimizing and promoting natural charm and minimizing.

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New Appliances and Technology

Technology and functionality fuse in 2017 to bring us appliances that enhance lifestyle. Automation, such as sensor-activated lights or   hands-free faucets, are   great additions to homes, especially for those homeowners who are busy entertaining. The steam oven, ice maker, and warming drawer, from manufacturers, such as KitchenAid and Wolf, are also essential additions to a futuristic kitchen.

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Pet Areas

With some family members walking on all fours, hidden feeding drawers, food storage, and bathing areas are a perfect addition to your kitchen in 2017. It’s the perfect way to dote on your pet while maximizing storage and minimizing mess.

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These are only a handful of the many possibilities for your kitchen remodel during the coming year. If you’re excited about an updated kitchen and all the possibilities, give us a call.