It’s spring–are you longing for some fresh, new ideas for your home? If your kitchen looks worn and dated; if your appliances are not functioning properly; if you feel hemmed in by walls and cut off from the rest of the family when preparing meals–it’s definitely time for a kitchen makeover. As you are planning your remodeling project, you should check out the list below of the latest styles and finishes that are in the forecast for kitchens in 2014.

New Design Directions for Kitchens

This year the International Builders Show (IBS) and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) joined forces for one fabulous Design and Construction Week in February. Co-locating in Las Vegas, the building industry trade shows attracted more than 75,000 attendees. Remodelers, kitchen & bath designers, and builders crowded together in the aisles, anxious to see and experience all the new product introductions from cabinet and appliance manufacturers, etc.

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A fascinating display in the Merillat Cabinetry booth was this sunny kitchen from 1946. Orville Merillat, company founder, built this kitchen by hand from birch wood. His wife, Ruth, applied the finish. The countertops are the original, missing only the metal edging. The appliances are all from the same time period.

Even though this retro-kitchen fills our hearts with nostalgia, we cannot help but say, “You’ve come a long way, baby!” The many exciting kitchen exhibits at the show made that very clear. From doors and drawers that open automatically with just a light touch, to touchless kitchen faucets, to smart-phone enabled ovens–today’s kitchens offer unprecedented convenience and functionality.

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The results of the 2014 National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Design Trends Survey presented at KBIS provided further insight into new design directions for kitchens. According to the report–cleaner, more contemporary designs will dominate in 2014. Homeowners are increasingly requesting universal design amenities and easy maintenance features. The following kitchen features are expected to grow in popularity this year:

1. Contemporary
2. Transitional
3. Shaker
Color Schemes
1. Grays
2. Whites and off-whites
Wood Cabinets
1. Maple or bird’s eye maple
2. Alder
3. Walnut
Cabinet Finishes
1. Painted colors other than white
2. White Painted
3. Dark natural stain
Faucet Finishes
1. Polished chrome
2. Satin nickel
3. Stainless steel
Faucet Type
1. Pullout
2. Touch-activated
Cooking Appliances
1. Microwave drawer
2. Convection
3. Gas cooktop
1. French door
2. Freezer-bottom
3. Built-in cabinet depth
1. Docking/Charging stations
2. Home office area
3. Flat-screen TV
1. Quartz (by a large margin)
2. Butcher Block and other wood (tied)
1. Glass
2. Ceramic or porcelain tile
3. Natural stone tile
1. Wood
2. Ceramic or porcelain tile
3. Natural stone tile
1. Granite composite
2. Stainless steel
1. Integrated dishwasher
2. Two dishwashers in one kitchen
3. Drawer-type
Storage Features
1. Trash/Recycling pullouts
2. Pullouts/rollouts
3. Spice pullouts
1. LED Lighting is way out in front
2. Incandescents
3. Halogen

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