Modern Kitchen Trends DIY Inspiration Tips and Advice

One Room at a time: Kitchen Trends

Same as in the previous rooms, there are a lot of new trends appearing throughout 2017. We’ve compiled a list to help make your updating a little easier this year.
– Gray is still the neutral tone to stick too. This is a great color to use because, as a neutral, it is always easy to update. Because it is so popular, you can bring in gray from your walls to flooring, cabinets, countertops, or even simple accessories.
– Black accents are key. Makes sense, what goes better with gray than black? Black pieces are popping up throughout the home décor industry but have become increasingly popular in tiles, appliances, and accessories. Just keep in mind, depending on how big your space is that black can really make a room feel smaller – so don’t overdo a good thing.
– Greenery is still the color of the year. Don’t hesitate to use it in your kitchen as well! The best way to use this in the kitchen is by updating something old and making it new again with a coat of paint. Go bold and paint over your table or chairs, or keep it simple and paint some plant holders, or vases. If you want something that is even less committal – change up a valance or window treatment, that you can get rid of when you get bored of it!
– Copper accessories are becoming more popular. Taking over popularity from the brushed nickel accents of the last few years, copper accessories add a modern flair to a room. It can be something as simple as displaying the new copper cookware you got as a gift or changing out some handles and knobs to copper.
– Clean and clutter free. As a room you spend a lot of time in, it is always nice to have the countertops remain clean and keep clutter to a minimum. In order to help, really utilizing your drawer and cabinet space is key. There are a lot of new organization units that can be installed to make the most out of the space you have – as much or as little as there may be.
Keep in mind, you can’t tackle every project every year. So whether it’s a facelift your kitchen needs, or a functional update – try to pick one project and make the most of it!

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One Room At A Time: Kitchen Overview

Third Step: The Kitchen
Often called the most important room in the house is the kitchen. Some call it the heart of the home – where meals are cooked, and the family meets to enjoy some quality time together. It is also the place all of your guests will spend some time, whether to enjoy a meal, just grab some snacks, or gather for a drink. And the design of your kitchen can really set the tone for the rest of the house.
When it comes time to update the look of the kitchen, like most rooms you can either go small or go big. Unfortunately, in the kitchen, there are not as many small steps you can take as in some other rooms, but there are a couple of things that can make a big impact. For instance, updating old wood in a room will make a fairly big impact fairly easily. Whether it’s refinishing your table and chairs and introducing a color through paint or stain that is trending now or taking a bigger step and refinishing the cabinets, you can make a fairly big statement pretty easily. You can also change the wall color out relatively easy – kitchens are known to have the least amount of wall space due to appliances and cabinets so you won’t have as much space to cover! Smaller changes also include changing out the hardware on the cabinets – it’s amazing how an old handle on a door or drawer can age a whole room.
If you are looking to make changes on a larger scale, you have tons of options – from flooring, to cabinets, to counter tops, to even appliances that will make a big impact – albeit at a fairly decent price point. Generally, most elements in a kitchen remodel come with a hefty price tag, so it’s always best to start planning a decent amount of time in advance, sometimes even two to three years. When you are finally ready to take the room apart and change things around, you don’t want to have to cut corners – make sure to do it the way you like. And keep in mind, just because you make big changes doesn’t necessarily mean everything will need replacing – an update to the cabinets with a new countertop may be enough of an impact – and if your appliances are still working and in good condition, just work them into your new space.
The important thing when redecorating a kitchen is to remember it’s not the easiest room to update or remodel. Make sure to keep your style simple and neutral, so while you may make small updates every few years you are not committing yourself to a trend that might be out of style before you even finish your remodel.

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Picking The Right Window Treatments In A Kitchen

Window treatments in your kitchen can provide a big statement – generally due to the fact that it is one of the few accent pieces that are added to the room. Unfortunately, hanging window treatments in your kitchen tends to be a little trickier than some other rooms in the house.

For starters, you have to take into consideration where the window is located – and that can lead to a range of different issues. A lot of times the window is located directly over the sink. This limits your options to a valance – if looking to do a curtain – since you don’t want curtains that are hanging into your sink. It also limits your options for mounting blinds, because a lot of times the window is also between cabinets, so you want to make sure you aren’t purchasing anything that will scrape your cabinets, or not have space to be mounted. Another consideration that people often forget about is, being your kitchen sink, it is more likely than not that your window treatment will end up getting dirty. This depends of course, on how set back or high the window is, but if you are considering a white fabric shade, keep in mind that one day you might be washing a pot from red sauce, that could leave quite a stain behind!

A lot of the same considerations come into play for windows in different areas of the kitchen. A window over the counter, a window right next to the kitchen table, or even set into a breakfast nook, same concerns. Perhaps the concern of getting dirty is even higher if you have kids that like to peek outside, and get their dirty hands on the fabric! Or, if you have a lot of people in your kitchen from time to time, and someone accidentally spills!

The good thing is, there are a few options that really address all of these situations. The number one, and most popular option is faux wood blinds. They are made to look exactly like real wooden blinds but are made from PVC. When they get dirty, you wash them off with a sponge, and they wipe completely clean. The blinds come in a variety of whites, grays, and wood tones so you can match to pretty much any kitchen. Another great option is a vinyl sun shade, which is designed to block out the glare and direct sunlight but preserve the view to the backyard. The great thing about these is they are even easier to clean and can be wiped down extremely easily. If you are really hoping for fabric, just keep your family and friends in mind, and raise up the shades whenever there may be a risk of them getting dirty!

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5 Trends for 2016

#1 – Black Stainless Steel

The most popular appliance colors seem to change every few years. Now, it looks like polished stainless steel is on it’s way out. Instead of gleaming silver appliances, it looked like that sleek stainless steel is the trend of the near future.

#2 – Formal Dining Rooms

We are beyong ready for a sit-down family meal to make a comeback and thankfully, that most homeowners are opting to keep their formal dining rooms insteal of converting them into media rooms or offices.

#3 – Mismatched Cabinets

While there’s nothing wrong with an all-white kitchen, there’s something extra special about going bold and a little color or texture to the space. I suggest taking a risk and pairing two different cabinet styles together, and the results may turn out pretty amazing.

#4 – Heated Entryway Floors

Usually when people think of heated floors, bathrooms are the only room that comes to mind. But bringing that idea into the entry way is brilliant, especially during winter. Picture it in your mind, coming inside with snowy boots and onto a nice toasty floor.

#5 – Statement Bathroom mirrors

A plain rectangular mirror definitely gets the job done. But, I read somewhere that 2016 will be the year of the “statement mirror,” which come in odd shapes, like octagons, but it gives off a funky and different look to it.


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Cooking friendly??

By: Karen

So last night as I was cleaning up from dinner, I looked out the window to see my neighbor waving back to me.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my neighbors, but there are some times that I need my privacy, and cleaning up after dinner in my hot pink pajama’s is one of those times.  But the problem is, I make a mess of the entire kitchen every time I cook! There are three windows – one that is right over the sink, one over the counter, and one near the table.   So when I wash dishes, I splash, when I am prepping food I splatter things, and near the table nothing is safe.  

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The Huntington Team of Awesome On: Kitchens and Bathroom treatments

By: Liz and Team
When asking the guys on my team, here at Blinds To Go Huntington what treatments were appropriate for a bathroom, Design Consultant Alan responded with “A motorized Roman shade, top down, bottom up” with a sly grin. He was being funny, of course. The irony here, that fabric is one of the least recommended options for the Kitchen and Bath, but the most requested by our customers. Additionally, Roman Shades, motorized, top down bottom up; these make for some very expensive treatments, in a room that gets quite a bit of wear and tear.

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