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Kitchen Trends to Embrace in 2017

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Between cooking up treats for our families and entertaining friends, we spend a lot of time in our kitchens. This gathering place is often the first room buyers notice when they walk into a home for sale. Thoughtfully-designed, open spaces with welcoming and functional design will go a long way in impressing buyers. For those looking to move, incorporating some of these trends can help your home sell faster. Marian McPherson explains the top kitchen trends to look out for in 2017 on Iman’s blog:

  • Tuxedo kitchen cabinets:As homeowners venture past the days of matching cabinetry, two-tone tuxedo cabinets are making a splash in the design world. This is where the top and bottom doors are painted in complementary colors, and lend a modern and timeless appeal to your kitchen. The traditional look borrows from the black and white monochromatic, timeless style of a tuxedo, but you can also use other complementary colors, such as navy blue and soft gray.
  • Hidden appliances: High-quality appliances are obviously essential for your dream kitchen, but you don’t always want an industrial stainless-steel product in your face. Hidden appliances that blend seamlessly into the design scheme of your kitchen make the area feel like an extension of your living space—perfect for those who spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
  • Wood paneling: Thought wood paneling only existed in your grandparents’ kitchen? Think again. Wood paneling, also known as shiplap, is making a major comeback as more homeowners opt for farmhouse-style kitchens. You can also use wood paneling in backsplashes and ceilings. Painting it a crisp, neutral color, such as white or grey, gives your space a clean, modern finish.
  • Mixed hardware finishes: Gone are the days of monochromatic, matching kitchen hardware finishes. Brighten your space by choosing appliances and accessories with various hardware finishes, such as gold, copper, and pewter. You’ll have a one-of-a-kind space that’s eclectic and refreshing.

Among the fads to forget in 2017, McPherson lists speckled granite (quartz, marble, and butcher block countertops are easier to maintain), short cabinets (opt for tall cabinets instead to make your kitchen feel bigger and brighter), and dark brown wood and dark paint colors (think light and bright for paint).

What do you think of these kitchen trends? Have you already incorporated some (or all) into your home? Let us know in the comments!

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