Flexible Palette"Keeping a kitchen unbiased lets you personalize it to reflect your fashion," says IKEA spokesperson Mary Ann Barroso. "This RAMSJÖ kitchen in red-brown can be matched to be on trend with lavenders, purples and mauves — we have a kitchen in our showroom accessorized that way right now." The real treat in this otherwise traditional kitchen is the sudden light fixtures: IKEA's industrial-elegant OTTAVA pendant lamps in aluminum, with colors made of mouth-blown glass.
New Colors for QuartzAlong with natural stone, quartz countertops continue to be tops. Caesarstone lately introduced a line of six neutral shades for its long-lasting quartz countertops. Revealed is the grayish-beige "Linen," whose subtle color gradation lends itself well to sleek contemporary designs. Are resistant to heat and nonporous, quartz countertops are also resistant to spills and scrapes, making them a smart choice for active cooks or families.
Save Money With a Look-AlikeCountertops continue to define a kitchen's style — but they do not have to be a budget-buster. This granite lookalike from Wilsonart is really laminate but unlike previous laminate countertops features a realistic, larger rock pattern and round edge for a high-end granite look at a fraction of the price.
Add In AutomationThe kitchen of the future is here today. From detector-activated lights that illuminate the kitchen when it's in use when dinner is done, to meat thermometers that alarm your smartphone, kitchen technology is here to make your own life simpler. In case you are new to automation, a superb introductory merchandise is a hands free faucet, like this one by Moen. Perfect for homes with small children who can't yet reach the handle or any kitchen where active cooks frequently have sticky hands.
Opt for New Functionality.Not only is the color of kitchen cabinets changing — hardware manufacturers, like Blum, are altering the manner drawers and cupboard doors function. These hydraulic, easy-close doors fold up and out of the way together with the touch of a button making them ideal for kitchens where space is an issue.