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Summer 2017 Kitchen Trends

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The kitchen is such an amazing place. It has evolved so much in the last 200 years alone. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that the heart of the home has come full circle.

I’m thinking of the old farmhouse kitchen of more than a century ago. In it, a whole family would have cooked their meals, mended their clothes, enjoyed conversations, and kept warm by the fire. With the rise of cities and smaller homes through the last century, families necessarily had to move out of their kitchens. Moms worked alone to prepare the meals. But, other than that ongoing task, every other chore or family time was spent in some other part of the house.

Well, here we are again. It’s 2017, and the kitchen has returned to its status as the heart of the home. Most of us, even if our kitchens are small, try to maximize the space so that it’s multi-functional. Looking forward to the summer of 2017, kitchen design trends seem to be reinforcing that way of thinking.

Maximize the work space.

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Nowadays, we think nothing of knocking down a few walls and expanding the kitchen. Add in an island or extra long counter space and what was once small and cramped is now an expansive work space. Keep an eye out for super efficient technology for the kitchen, too. Whether it’s an extra faucet near the stove or a smart fridge, the trend toward work spaces that make better use of time are on their way.

Task lighting.

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The old central light fixture placed somewhere in the ceiling of the kitchen is long gone. But, kitchen lighting is till evolving. For a while, we had track lighting set in rows along the ceiling. Then, track lighting morphed into pot lights. It was the same kind of thing … without the tracks. Pot lights have a cleaner look, and they can be directed to wherever you want to light to shine. We’ve moved even further along though. We still love our pot lights for overall brightness. But, now we’re adding task lighting. Sometimes that’s a simple chandelier over the eating area. Sometimes it’s a series of pendant lights over an island. We’re also seeing lighting under the cabinets meant to direct the right amount of light onto the countertop.

I have that sinking feeling.

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The sink is the thing! We can still find lots of stainless steel sinks. But, that once neglected area of the kitchen is coming into its own. Now, you can choose between ceramic sinks, concrete sinks, copper sinks … there are probably sinks made from nearly any material. Even plain old stainless steel sinks are no longer plain and simple. They come with different sized receptacles, covers, and accessories of all kinds.

What trend would you like to see continue? Want to know what trends are coming for the rest of the kitchen? Check out: 2017 Kitchen Appliance Trends.

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Spring Recipes – Roast Vegetable and Noodle Salad

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Ramen noodles are hugely popular … and not just with university students! They’re quick and easy to prepare, and delicious, too. This healthy noodle salad features fresh, roasted flavors. It’s perfect for a light lunch or even as an appetizer!

Serve with: Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 lb mushrooms
  • 1 cob corn, husked
  • 1 sweet red pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 5 green onions, sliced
  • 2 pkgs (85 g each) ramen soup noodles (discard the flavor packets)

Chive and Oregano Dressing

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup chives, sliced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
  1. Brush carrots, mushrooms, and red pepper with oil. Place the vegetables on a tray.
  2. Roast vegetables in a preheated 350F oven for about 10 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Slice vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large bowl.
  3. Meanwhile, cut kernels off of corn cob. Place kernels in a bowl; add enough water to cover. Bring to boil either on the stovetop or cook until tender in the microwave. Drain well and add to the bowl.
  4. Cook ramen noodles in a pot of boiling water for 2 minutes, or until desired doneness is reached. Drain and rinse with cold water. Add to vegetables and toss.

Chive and Oregano Dressing

  1. Stir together oil, vinegar, and garlic. Add chives, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add dressing to vegetable-ramen mixture. Toss to combine.

Enjoy! Let us know how you have customized this dish.

Contemporary Kitchen Sinks

When considering remodels and renovated kitchen space, it’s unlikely that the kitchen sink is the first piece of equipment that comes to mind. Yet, while sinks seem like such a small part of your kitchen, they can actually have a very big impact on the impression your kitchen gives off for both you and visitors to your home.

An old kitchen sink can be not only inconvenient, but it can also give your kitchen a shabby and somewhat dirty appearance. Older kitchen sinks tend to be a bit shallow in nature and can make it difficult for washing large pots and pans or other dishware.

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Kitchen sinks from the ‘60s and ‘70s often have a slightly green or yellow tent that is not only unattractive, but very unappealing.

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So, if you’re considering a kitchen makeover, take a moment to consider investing in a contemporary kitchen sink. Contemporary sinks can be both practical and aesthetically pleasing.  Many older sinks feature two sides, one that works as a garbage disposal and the other as the primary sink with your average drain at the bottom. However, contemporary designers are beginning to see the benefit to simply having an open sink with a single, dual-purpose drain that also operates as a garbage disposal. These sinks are not only very attractive, but also give you more room to work with, which makes your kitchen work just a bit lighter.

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If you’re a fan of the traditional kitchen design, spruce up your kitchen’s style by adding a corner sink, such as the one below.  While similar to a traditional two-part sink, this stainless steel corner sink adds a sophisticated edge to a somewhat simple kitchen design.

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Finally, consider the faucet that will accompany your new kitchen sink. Faucets are the key to enhancing even the most basic kitchen sinks, and come in a wide range of styles and designs.  Generally, any faucet that breaks with tradition will give your kitchen a more contemporary feel. Consider a wall-hung faucet or one with a flat-nosed spout for optimal luxury.

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Kitchen sinks may not sound fun, but that probably means you haven’t started shopping around yet.  There are plenty of options and some very brilliant designs. Start looking at the possibilities and let us know what you find.  Do you have experience installing a contemporary kitchen sink into your renovated kitchen? Leave your feedback in the comments below!