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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.

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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.

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