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HOMEWISE Real Estate Tips and Advice On-Trend Kitchen Finishes Kitchens are the heart of the home. And, as the pandemic rolls on, we’re spending more time in them than ever. Islands will also be functioning as a dining tables and kitchens in general will be incorporating more seating. DECORATIVE RANGE HOODS Make sure your new home’s kitchen is perfectly trendy and yet timelessly stylish with these tips from the experts at Better Homes & Gardens. WARM COLORS White is still a favorite kitchen color, but palettes are getting warmer. PPG Paints told Better Homes & Gardens that unrest in the news tends to push people toward warmer colors. These colors evoke feelings of compassion and comfort. The company released a trio of colors including warm beige, orange and aqua. They recommend pairing these colors with greenery, natural wood tones, gold accents and woven textures. TOUCHLESS FAUCETS Maybe it’s because we’ve spent all that time washing our hands in the past year, but more and more people are turning to touchless kitchen faucets for better functionality and hygiene. Also look for motion control faucets, touch-tap faucets and even voiceactivated faucets rather than the traditional levers. Matte and brushed finishes are great finish options that don’t show fingerprints. BIG-TIME STORAGE More storage, more storage and even more storage is the name of the kitchen game this year. Look for giant pantries and more room for standalone freezers. © ADOBE STOCK In cabinets, add larder cupboards and all kind of kitchen organizers to your designs. BIG-TIME ISLANDS The post-pandemic kitchen will feature huge islands of at least 24 square feet. They’ll also be adorned with outlets to be work and study areas, not just cooking and storage areas. Range hoods are becoming a decorative focal point of the kitchen. Look for sleek lines and square shapes. Rather than shape, expect the emphasis to be on quality materials such as marble, porcelain or plaster. Natural materials and wood tones create an eye-catching look that pairs perfectly with the warm colors and organic textures in style. OUTDOOR CONNECTIONS Key design elements in 2021’s kitchens will be bringing the outdoor in through large windows and bi-fold doors that allow for unobstructed views of the outside. These features also allow fresh air in, another consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.