Kitchen Trends in 2010

Kitchens have always been one of the most popular home renovation projects, and for good reason. Not only do most families spend more waking hours in the kitchen than just about any other room in the house, kitchen renovations also historically have deliver the best return on investment when it comes time to sell you home.

If a newly remodeled kitchen is in your future, a report by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) reveals that what’s old is new again for kitchen tremds in 2010 for kitchens. According to NKBA, here are the seven hottest kitchen designs for the coming year.

1. Traditional is the New Contemporary
Traditional will continue as the most popular kitchen design style in 2010, with contemporary following closely behind, while the Shaker style is seeing a surprisingly strong resurgence. Shades of whites and off-whites will be the most common kitchen colors in 2010, while brown, beige, and bone hues will also be popular.
2. Cherry on TopKitchen Trends in 2010
Cherry will remain the most popular wood for kitchen cabinetry, followed closely by maple, while alder increases in use. As for the finishes placed on those cabinets, medium natural, dark natural, glazed, and white painted will all be common. Other colors of painted cabinetry and light natural finishes are in decline, however, as are distressed finishes.
3. Floored by Tile
Ceramic and porcelain tile, as well as natural stone tile, remain popular kitchen flooring options, but hardwood will dominate the kitchen landscape more than ever in 2010. For countertops, granite continues to be the most popular option, but quartz will nearly catch up in popularity. For backsplashes, ceramic or porcelain tile and glass will serve as the primary materials.
4. Flexible Faucets
Standard kitchen faucets will become less standard in 2010 in favor of more convenient models. Pull-out faucets continue to increase their market dominance, while pot filler faucets will also become more prevalent. Kitchen faucets will most often be finished in brushed nickel, followed by stainless steel, satin nickel, and—surprisingly—polished chrome.
5. Under-counter Refrigeration
French door and freezer-bottom are the two most popular refrigerator kitchen trends, and side-by-side refrigerators remain a popular option. A surprising trend is the extent to which under-counter refrigerator drawers are being used in the latest kitchen designs. Perhaps even more surprising is that under-counter wine refrigerators have been recently specified by half of kitchen designers.
6. A Range of Cooking OptionsKitchen Trends in 2010
The tried-and-true range continues to serve as the workhorse for cooking, although the combination of a cooktop and wall oven is beginning to overtake it. Gas will maintain its position as the most popular type of cooktop over electric, although induction cooking continues to gain in popularity due to its energy efficiency.
7. Dishwasher-in-a-Drawer
Standard dishwashers, with the traditional door that pulls from the top down, will once again be easily the most common type in 2010. However, an increasing number of dishwasher drawers will be installed in kitchens this year for their convenience and their ability to wash small loads of dishes in each drawer. Their ability to save water and electricity makes them a cost efficient kitchen trend in 2010 .
The time spent considering your kitchen design trends, even before bringing in a pro, is time well spent as this is one room that will deliver comfort, joy and value to your home for many years to come.

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