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Kitchen trends for 2014

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2014 kitchen trends point to streamlined, almost minimalist kitchen features which make moving around the space a lot easier and more convenient. For 2014, a kitchen remains functional above all else, but with creative space allowed for personal decorating preferences. Let’s take a closer look at some of the key design points for the coming year’s kitchen area.

  1. A subdued, neutral palette

Recent surveys point to kitchen owners still preferring neutral shades of whites and greys as their kitchen backdrops. They provide a clean, minimalist ground for just about any kitchen theme, and also make a great counterpoint to both natural and industrial materials, such as wood or chrome flooring and trimming.

Tao Starlight ($14.95)

  1. Practical, streamlined appliances

Fixtures such as faucets and sinks are looking more architectural than ever, and have functions designed for utmost practicality. For instance, high-clearance faucets make it easier to wash bigger pots and pans, and a swivel spout lends convenience for multi-tasking kitchen duties. As for bulky kitchen appliances, they are fast becoming replaced by smaller versions which do the job just as nicely (or even better). Induction stoves are taking over big ranges because they cook faster, look sleeker, are easier to clean, and do not take up a lot of space. There’s also a growing demand for multi-purpose kitchen implements such as coffee grinder-percolators.

Stain Coffee Bean ($9.25)

  1. Brighter lights or bigger windows

Even small spaces can improve with some illumination magic, which is why 2014 kitchen trends make full use of natural lighting via windows or an open floor plan. Opening up windows is truly energy-saving for a kitchen that functions a lot in the daytime. It also lets steam out naturally so you won’t have to worry about the rest of your home smelling like lunch.

Practical and convenient artificial lighting extends to the kitchen, too. Drop lights above the kitchen counter can have changeable shades for an instant makeover and mood lighting. Energy-saving bulbs like LED replace incandescent ones, and can also be used as a pilot light.

Smoke Blend 1x2 ($8.75)

  1. Tiled backsplashes become both functional and ornamental

Glass tiles, whether they are subdued subway-style ones or come in colorful mosaic pieces, no longer have to be perfunctory features behind a kitchen sink or stove. Backsplashes are fast becoming favorite kitchen accent pieces because of their versatile looks and uses. They can provide a splash of color or texture to a neutral-themed kitchen while allowing convenient clean-ups after cooking.

Loft Spa Green Frosted 4x12 ($13.95)

  1. Emphasis on cabinet access and storage

Open shelving, like the ones found in restaurant and hotel kitchens are becoming favorites in busy home kitchens where a lot of cooking are done. For less busy kitchens, however, pull-out racks carrying specific kitchen utensils and implements are more desirable to keep them dust-free and hidden out of sight. Cabinet doors look more “invisible” and blend even more into the walls and countertops for a cleaner look and feel.

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