Check out kitchen de­sign trends for 2014

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - Homespot - Broward East - - REAL ESTATE Q&A LIVING G SPACES - By Kathryn We­ber

Tri­bune Con­tent Agency It’s the one room

in the house where ev­ery­one gath­ers ev­ery day. As the most pop­u­lar spot in ev­ery home, why not make your kitchen the most at­trac­tive and invit­ing room, too? Here are some hot trends in kitchen decor:

With­out a doubt, to­day’s kitchen is much more than a place to pre­pare food. With the con­tin­ued em­pha­sis on life­style and food, the kitchen is more of a draw than ever. Con­tem­po­rary de­sign cap­i­tal­izes on this trend with lots of ex­cit­ing el­e­ments to make the kitchen more of a liv­ing space.

Take light­ing. Out are those lit­tle glass pen­dants sus­pended over an is­land. In are size­able light­ing fixtures that make a splash in the mid­dle of the room. A good ex­am­ple is the drum pen­dant light fix­ture now tak­ing center stage in kitchen de­sign cen­ters and mag­a­zines. Sim­ply chang­ing your main fix­ture to one that’s brighter and more prom­i­nent may be all it takes to give your kitchen a wel­come makeover.

Kitchens con­tinue to be fo­cused on fea­tures like sus­tain­abil­ity, cook­ing op­tions and ease of use. Trends that fa­vor en­ergy sav­ings are a key de­vel­op­ment. Touchless faucets save on wa­ter and en­ergy-stingy ap­pli­ances can trim elec­tric bills.

In­te­grated ap­pli­ances are another im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment. Top­ping the lists are ap­pli­ances in­te­grated into the cab­i­netry, mak­ing your kitchen more liv­able with their fur­ni­ture-like ap­pear­ance. Drawer ap­pli­ances are part of the same trend. Warm­ing draw­ers have risen in pop­u­lar­ity in the past few years, and re­frig­er­ated draw­ers to hold pro­duce or drinks are find­ing their way into more kitchens. We could even see mi­crowave and dish­wash­ing draw­ers soon. Such ap­pli­ances will be­come more pop­u­lar due to their ease of use and ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

While gran­ite and mar­ble re­main the stan­dard-bear­ers, we’ll see more en­gi­neered coun­ter­tops take hold, such as quartz and glass. Th­ese sur­faces sport an at­trac­tive nat­u­ral look, em­pha­size sus­tain­abil­ity and are easy-care.

De­spite gran­ite’s reign as the ul­ti­mate coun­ter­top ma­te­rial, it’s not easy to keep look­ing good. The high pol­ishes on gran­ite mean stains, smears and clean­ing marks from

Sa­man­tha (Sam) DeBianchi is a Re­al­tor® and founder of DeBianchi Real Es­tate in Fort Laud­erdale and Mi­ami. Her ex­pert real es­tate ad­vice and straight­for­ward ap­proach can be seen and heard na­tion­ally on FOX Busi­ness and FOX News and other me­dia out­lets. Sa­man­tha can be con­tacted at Sam@DeBianchiRealEs­ or (954) 651-5768. sponges show up eas­ily. Matte and less-pol­ished fin­ishes will be­come more pop­u­lar as home­own­ers weary of all that rub­bing.

Wild col­ors are tak­ing a back seat to the high-con­trast blackand-white kitchens ris­ing in pop­u­lar­ity. The clean back­drop of black and white makes food and ac­cent col­ors pop, and the look is time­less. Kitchens will also shift into quiet mode as the trend to­ward neu­tral col­ors con­tin­ues in other parts of the house. Coun­ter­tops and cab­i­nets in sim­i­lar color tones are also trend­ing for their abil­ity to look uni­fied, neat and re­lax­ing. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Kathryn We­ber through her Web site,­lo­tuslet­ter. com.

(c) 2013 Kathryn We­ber. Dis­trib­uted by Tri­buneCon­tent Agency, LLC.

As the most pop­u­lar spot in ev­ery home, why not make your kitchen the most at­trac­tive and invit­ing room, too?

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