1) BRIGHT BRASS
After years of brushed nickel and polished chrome, you may be longing for a warmer finish to the hardware, faucets and fixtures in your new kitchen. Bright brass is making a comeback, but we think it’s just a flash. Instead, choose warmly weathered or antique brass, black or copper metal finishes to give your kitchen the ambiance of authentic brass without looking so dated so quickly.
2) SINGING THE BLUES
We adore color in the kitchen, but we’re realistic. Most people remodel a kitchen only once or twice in their lifetime and when they do cabinetry and appliances consume the bulk of the budget. To stretch that budget as far as it will go, make color choices that will last. Paint on the walls plus accessories, furnishings and dishware are easy to change and cost relatively little, so they are perfect choices for bringing the latest tangerine tango orange or wild orchid purple into your kitchen. If you have the budget and love that turquoise refrigerator though, go ahead and splurge.
3) RUSTIC WOOD
There is no denying the natural beauty of wood, from tiny pinhole knots to gnarly weathered wood, the organic appeal adds a lot of ambiance to a room. If you’re unsure whether you’ll still like those big knots on your cabinets in five years, then steer clear of rustics on cabinetry. Instead, consider wide plank wood floors, thick built-in butcher block tops or reclaimed wood table tops to bring character and texture into your kitchen without busting your budget.
4) COMPUTER DESK
Did your kitchen design keep up with technology? Ten years ago dedicated kitchen work spaces for computers and laptops were all the rage. Since then technology has gotten smaller and more mobile, so your kitchen design should as well. Skip the bulky desk area that attracts clutter and put in a charging station for smart phones and tablets instead. Consider swapping out the standard outlet with one that is already equipped with handy USB ports.
5) FUSSY ACCESSORIES
Nothing will make your newly remodeled kitchen look dated more quickly than fussy decorative items on every surface. For long-lasting beauty and function, choose a few simple accessories with clean lines.