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There's a certain air of savoir-faire in the pantry nowadays. The pros tell us what kitchen decorating ideas are heating up the joint.
The 3 C's
COLOR: Say it with us: monochromatic. The trendiest kitchens feature cabinetry and walls in the same hue, says Matthew Quinn, principal of Design Galleria in Atlanta. COUNTERS: For a pop of color, Quinn relies on contrasting countertops in engineered stone, such as quartz. (Low-maintenance? Check!) But if you want a kitchen countertop the neighbors will talk about, go for porcelain or ceramic slab, says Jamie Gold, principal of San Diego's Jamie Gold Kitchen and Bath Design. Both have all the durability and convenience of engineered stone and can also be used in outdoor kitchens. CABINETS: What to put around those counters? Choose cabinets in white, ebony, or deep walnut, particularly with a contrasting countertop. Or introduce some breathing room via open shelving, says Brielle Ferreira, homes editor for Coastal Living. She says it's great way to show off bright colorful plates and add a casual feeling to the kitchen.
How could you not fall in love with fixtures that are both smart and beautiful? From Touch2O® Technology to MagnaTite® docking to gleaming chrome masterpieces, kitchen faucets these days offer it all.
Now let's talk eye candy: faucet finishes. Thanks to the rise of retro kitchens, chrome is enjoying its time in the sun. But bronze which looks good in a variety of design spaces, is nipping at chrome's heels. Planning an contemporary black-and-white kitchen but frazzled about the faucet? Check out Delta's Fuse™ two-tone faucets and coordinate your choice with a matching soap dispenser .
Stainless steel and granite-composite sinks are fashionable choices in the kitchen, although apron-front farmhouse sinks, with their nostalgic look still have a faithful following. For a sink that's just as functional as it is stylish sinks, make room for low dividers and integrated workstations. (Think drain boards, drying grids and wider sink divider saddles.) Anything that makes clean-up easier is a cook's best friend.
Today's major kitchen appliances—ovens, stovetops, refrigerators, dishwashers—have upped the ante. Big and clunky is out; streamlined and sleek is in. And so is smart functionality that goes beyond timers and temperature settings. Induction cooking, which offers speed and restaurant-quality precision results, is how smart at-home chefs do things. Cooking is finally as cool as the space in which it happens.