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tyle trends and design in general have moved away from the fussy and elaborate. Instead of enormous homes with extravagant kitchens, homeowners are living in smaller, yet more efficient urban dwellings. There is a renewed interest in tak-

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ing what is already built and making it work for today’s family. Although people are turning away from styles that speak of the days of consumerism and excess, they are still making monetary investments in their homes. As such, quality and a sense of time-

lessness continue to be top priorities. Homeowners are also making design choices with function in mind — more time is being spent on planning spaces that will work for the family. A modern kitchen is truly a reflection of the modern family’s priorities, where quality,

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function and a sense of organization and cleanliness are important.

Cabinets More simple cabinet, appliance and even tile choices allow the family to take center stage within the home. Cabinet manufacturers have introduced understated colors and naturalistic materials — think earth tones such as blues, grays, browns and greens. Cabinet-door styles, too, are more simplistic with variations of flat panel and slab. Bold paint colors and busy schemes have been replaced by single-statement pieces to add contrast and style without being fussy. Wood-grain cabinets are even getting a modern makeover. Many

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contemporary cabinet companies are offering thermo-foil and laminate slab-door cabinet styles that have the graining and appearance of exotic wood species. These faux-wood options offer a luxurious look without the hefty price tag. Pairing traditional rich wood tones with modern-day materials also provides a kitchen with visual interest. Stainless steel is not just for appliances, and it fits in with the modern family’s lifestyle because of its durability and neutrality. Stainless-steel cabinets, countertops and shelves are all products that consumers are utilizing within their spaces to create a modern appearance.

Functionality Time away from daily responsibilities is a huge commodity in just about every family. A kitchen serves many purposes for homeowners: preparing food, doing homework, paying bills, entertaining and coordinating family life in general. A kitchen can look great, but it should also serve the needs of its household. In fact, a well-functioning kitchen can cut down on time spent on daily tasks, which creates more time for leisure.

storage Most cabinet manufacturers offer an assortment of interior cabinet accessories to provide storage for anything from spices to canned goods. When selecting interior

accessories, homeowners should make a list of their problem areas within their kitchen. Typically, the under-sink area poses organizational problems as the plumbing hangs low, creating an awkward space for storage. I recommend an undersink organizer as it offers racks that are attached to the under-sink cabinet doors, and they can be used for storing anything from plastic grocery bags to spray bottles and dish soap. Many of these also offer a removable basket for storing various household cleaners. If considering a contemporary kitchen, a client should also consider a frameless cabinet. Frameless cabinets are constructed without face frames, giving the client more usable space within their cabinets and offers easier access to the interior of the cabinet. Frameless cabinets are often used in more contemporary kitchen designs — frameless manufacturers often have cabinet styles that lend themselves to the more simplistic and modern. Other design options that create a more functional space include utilizing open shelves. A homeowner who bakes regularly would benefit from having the mixing bowls readily available on an open shelf. Or for those who entertain often — 13”-deep cabinets work better at storing over-sized dinner plates. These are all storage options that the consumer should consider when working on their kitchen design. Inventorying the positives and negatives of your existing kitchen and having an open mind to creative storage solutions will leave homeowners very pleased with their space. Each family has different needs when remodeling their kitchen — it is important for homeowners to reflect on their individual tastes and uses for their kitchen before investing in an overhaul. I recommend seeking out a professional before completing a large-scale project. A kitchen designer can be a great source of information to assist a homeowner in making the best choices for their modern family. By NARI Member Andrea Park, AKBD, The Cabinet Shop Distribution & Design

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2012 Lighting Trends:


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he National Lighting Show, which showcases lighting manufacturers and attracts more than 3,000 buyers from around the world, was recently held in Dallas. This convention and trade show features the latest trends in lighting for today’s homeowners. Here are some trends to watch for in 2012. It’s all about design and fashion. Brown hues are still very popular among fixtures. Light and shiny metallic finishes with clean lines are becoming increasingly popular. Decorative and accessory finishes in shades of silver, black and white are also emerging. Clean lines and transitional style were predominant in both indoor and outdoor lighting, as well as with fans and accessories.

variety of shades and portables used to complete a look. Glass accents are being added to everything to create a bubble look, as well as the use of K9 crystals, which are high-quality crystals with up to 30 percent lead that come in a variety of colors, to dress up an otherwise simple fixture. New fabrics and linear designs combine to create an updated look for drum pendants, which also were very popular last year.


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Finishes Subdued finishes like antique nickel, aged copper and antique brass are making a comeback. As is the use of vintage lamps (bulbs) in sconces, pendants and chandeliers, which are really adding to the industrial styles that are becoming popular.


ing by Maxim and Nora Lighting. New designer hugger fans by MinkaAire and Fanamation, as well as Progress’ bath lighting, match well with the styles and finishes of faucets and sinks, and come in new crystal colors. Fluorescent and Energy Star products continue to be a big focus and are popular among consumers. The key to any remodel is to find someone who specializes in this aspect of the project. Oftentimes, lighting retailers and wholesalers work hand-in-hand with remodelers, designers and homeowners to ensure the desired result is achieved. Visiting is a good first step in selecting a qualified and trusted home-remodeling company for your project. By NARI member Ron Sima, Ferguson Enterprises

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Green Living Take small steps to achieve a more eco-friendly lifestyle


t seems as though we all are becoming more aware of the need to be environmentally friendly. Each day, we see the adverse effects of global warming, the ever-increasing concern of plastics in landfills and the chemicals affecting

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our fresh supply of water. Does this mean we should tan our own leather or cool our homes by connecting a fan to a bicycle and pedaling for six hours? Does it mean we should resort to grinding corn and cooking over an open fire to prepare

enchiladas? Or what about tending to a 16-acre plot of vegetables? Thankfully, no, we do not have to take such drastic measures to be more environmentally friendly. But there are steps each of us could take on an individual basis that, collectively, could make a big difference in the quality of future environmental resources. It could be as easy as taking measures such as not purchasing individual bottled-water containers, starting to recycle paper products and electrical and technical equipment, such as cell phones and computers, and keeping an eye on how much water we consume — taking showers, flushing the toilet, watering the garden. If you are inclined to make more of a drastic change, and perhaps, put some extra money in your pocket at the same time, consider using reclaimed and sustainable products when remodeling. Bamboo and cork are gorgeous, and LED lights last longer and save energy. If it’s time for a new washer, dryer or dishwasher, look into incorporating Energy Star appliances, which reduce energy consumption and environmental impact, and ultimately, save money over time. The ultimate would be to optimize your home’s energy efficiency by installing solar panels or purchasing a smaller, more affordable photovoltaic system. This system could provide your home with electricity and would greatly reduce your environmental footprint, putting you just one step closer to achieving a zero-energy use home. It’s a lot to consider and can be overwhelming, but in the meantime, try turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth … one step at a time. By NARI member Kathleen Horrigan, Change My Place

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