Kitchen Design

Home Design Trends to Watch: The Herringbone Pattern

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine
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Photo courtesy of Laura AnnDiaz of Laura Diaz’s Photography and Mandie Maguire, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

Herringbone is emerging as the pattern of choice in 2016. Herringbone is the arrangement of rectangles that is so named for its resemblance to the bones of fish.

This pattern is popping up on everything from hardwood floors, kitchen backsplashes and shower walls. It may be subtle or bold.

Mandie Maguire with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services says she’s noticed the herringbone pattern subtly appear on more kitchen marble backsplashes above a kitchen range. Also, in flooring, the herringbone pattern is being used with tile floors to give it a more rustic — even hardwood floor resemblance.

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Photo by Braswell Design+Build – Look for traditional bathroom pictures

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Photo by Neumann Lewis Buchanan Architects – Discover traditional entryway design inspiration

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Photo by Croma Design Inc – Look for contemporary kitchen pictures

 

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14 Best Remodeling & Home Improvement Ideas To Increase Your Home’s Value

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If you’re looking to improve your home, of course you have to consider several things. First of all, will this improvement satisfy and fulfill a need? It’s important that you answer it truthfully because home improvements are generally expensive so at least make sure you are aware of your needs. In addition, will you be able to afford it? There are a lot of home improvement ideas, some affordable and some are expensive. The good thing is depending on your need, there’s usually an affordable and more expensive option.

Another Factor to Consider

The factors listed above are for the present. As a homeowner, you also have to consider the future. In this case, you have to consider how this improvement is going to help you in the future.

It’s not just about making sure that this investment will last a very long time. Hiring a reliable contractor can help make sure of that. You also have to consider how it’s going to affect your home’s resale value. This is true even if you’re not really planning on selling your home. Who knows what the future holds?

If you’re going to invest in a home improvement project, at least make sure that it will help increase your home’s resale value. This way, you’ll be able to recoup a good part of your investment when you do decide to sell your home later on.

The Best Home Improvement Ideas

Here are the best home improvement ideas that not only satisfy and fulfill a specific need but also help increase your home’s resale value:

  • Garage door replacement
    This is actually something that you can do right now because it’s very affordable. On average, it will just cost you $1,595 to have a better looking (and functioning) garage door. It will increase your home’s resale value by $1,410 so that’s an investment well spent.
  • Vinyl siding replacement
    Curb appeal matters when it comes to determining a home’s resale value and vinyl is king when it comes to siding. Spend $12,013 on vinyl siding replacement and based on the national average, you can expect to recoup 80.7% of your investment when you sell your home later on.
  • Wooden deck addition
    A wooden deck is not only beautiful; it’s highly functional as well. This is why it’s not a surprise that it improves the home’s resale value by $8,085. Not bad for a $10,048 investment.
  • Minor kitchen remodel
    The kitchen usually makes or breaks a deal so make sure that you’ll have a kitchen that prospective buyers would love. Homeowners spend $19,226 on average for a minor kitchen remodel but they’re able to recoup 79.3% of their investment because buyers are generally willing to pay $15,255 more because of the remodeled kitchen. Here’s a REALLY minor kitchen remodel that yielded major results!

Other Ideas

Check out this infographic by Contractor Quotes to learn other home improvement ideas that can improve your home and increase its resale value.

 

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9 Easy Kitchen Lighting Upgrades

If there’s one place the worlds of form and function seamlessly meet it’s in the kitchen. And upgrading the lighting is an way to add a fresh dose of style and substance to the space. Even if you don’t have a major kitchen remodel in your future, a simple lighting swap — from adding some architectural track lighting to installing a dramatic chandelier — might be all it takes to upgrade the entire kitchen. Lighting is a lot like painting in that way: it can be an inexpensive, but impressive way to transform the room in a single afternoon.

If your kitchen lighting needs an upgrade, consider these 9 easy ideas:

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Under-Cabinet LED Light Bars

These long, narrow lights are installed directly onto the underside of your cabinetry, making them ideal for illuminating countertops and prep areas. LED light bars come in a wide variety of lengths and they’re linkable, so even long countertops can be fully and evenly illuminated. They can be either hardwired into the wall for a seamless look, or plugged in for easy installation.

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Under-Cabinet Rope Lights

Like LED light bars, rope lights are best used for countertop task lighting. Rope lights are also easy to install: they can be discreetly hung underneath a row of cabinets with a set of rope mounts that screw directly into the cabinetry.

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Decorative Flush Mount

One of the fastest ways to give a spec kitchen new style is to swap out the standard ceiling fixture for something with a little more personality. A flush-mount fixture with decorative details — like this drum light with geometric cutouts — is a dramatic addition that only requires a few twists of a screwdriver.

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Pendant Lights

If you kitchen has an island or breakfast bar, consider hanging pendant lights above it. Pendant lighting not only adds style to the space, it can also help anchor a kitchen island so it feels more deliberate in an open-concept home.

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Puck Lights

Small, disc-like puck lights are easy to install almost anywhere you need added illumination, from under cabinets to inside deep drawers or in dark corners of the pantry. There are hardwired and plug in puck lights, but for the simplest installation opt for battery-operated LED pucks, which can last up to 30,000 hours and can be hung with Velcro.

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In-cabinet lighting.

Cabinet lighting can be extremely practical for deep or dark cabinets, but added to glass-front cabinetry it adds a cozy, romantic vibe and highlights your best cake stands and wine glasses.

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Cabinet Uplighting

While installing rope or bar lights underneath your cabinetry can be a practical choice, installing them on top of your cabinets can create an ethereal, uplit effect on the ceiling that’s purely aesthetic.

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Track Lighting

If a single ceiling light isn’t cutting it in your kitchen, track lighting is an excellent solution. With a single ceiling junction box, you can install a track light system that will allow you to direct light wherever you need it most.

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Dramatic Chandelier

There are few lighting options that have a more dramatic, unexpected impact on your kitchen than swapping out a simple ceiling lamp for a chandelier. Don’t be afraid to go with something fancy, even in the kitchen. The simple, functional elements of your kitchen will easily balance out an elaborate chandelier.

 

Anything but Boring: The Antidote to All-White Kitchens

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White is huge for kitchens right now: white appliances, white countertops, and especially white cabinets. It’s a clean, uniform, and refreshing look — but it’s not for everyone. If you find yourself craving a little color in the kitchen, take a look at this roundup of 11 kitchens with cabinets in any color but white. If you love the look, it can be as close as a paint job away.

Above: We’re in love with the glossy dark green cabinets in this kitchen fromPeppermint Bliss.

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Red cabinets + blue tile = the opposite of boring. From Desire to Inspire.

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Bright pink cabinets in a cheerful space from Beautiful Kitchens.

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The folks at A Beautiful Mess painted the cabinets in their studio kitchen a bright yellow.

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If you love color but are feeling something a little subtler, let this mint green fromA Beautiful Mess inspire you.

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The kitchen in Allison Burke’s Austin home features these lovely green cabinets.

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Green cabinets + black countertops = a fresh, interesting new look for the kitchen. Photographed by Jonas Ingertedt for Elle Decoration.

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Beautiful blue cabinets in Kristin & Michelle’s Austin home.

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Blue cabinets in a classically styled kichen from Domino.

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Blue cabinets, blue walls and a touch of marble are a smart combination in this kitchen from My Scandinavian Home.

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And finally, a navy blue that’s not quite black in a kitchen from Skona Hem.

(Image credits: Peppermint Bliss; Desire to Inspire; Beautiful Kitchens; A Beautiful Mess; A Beautiful Mess; Adrienne Breaux; Elle Decoration; Domino; My Scandinavian Home; Skona Hem)

10 Ways to Add Personality to Your Kitchen

By Joanna Simmons, Houzz Contributor

One of our favorite spaces in the house, the kitchen can also be one of the most predictable. After all, it typically contains some countertop space, a few appliances and lots of storage. But a little imagination and some inventive styling can softly steer this room toward a look filled with personality. These smart details — some of them integral to the design, some added later — bring a fresh, original feel to a much-loved room.

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Eclectic Kitchen by London Cabinets & Cabinetry British Standard by Plain English

1. Add a copper sink. Copper is a hugely popular material, with a long history of use in the kitchen. Often it shows up in pots and pans, but here it’s been fashioned into a sink. More humble than marble and nicely artisanal in feel, a copper sink is an unusual, stylish choice.

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Traditional Spaces by London Cabinets & Cabinetry British Standard by Plain English

2. Seek out alternative handles. Metal, wood and ceramic are familiar choices for handles and knobs, so going with something a little more unusual will help give your kitchen its own style. Here, leather strap handles blend beautifully with the wooden counter, but it’s the element of surprise they carry that really catches the eye.

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Contemporary Kitchen by London Interior Designers & Decorators Blakes London

3. Light it up. Kitchens often feature integrated spotlights and task lighting, but adding a more decorative table lamp to a work surface or sideboard can instantly give a very different feel to the room.

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Scandinavian Spaces by South West Kitchen Designers & Remodelers Sustainable Kitchens

4. Soften stainless steel. Stainless steel is a great material for a countertop and much-used in professional kitchens. This kitchen shows how it can be made to look soft and neat rather than seriously industrial when framed by the plywood trim of the cabinets.

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Midcentury Kitchen by Other Metro Interior Designers & Decorators Designed Space Interior Exterior

5. Hang some art. In the quest to make a kitchen practical, we sometimes forget to style it like any other room. Hanging art in the kitchen, close to units and equipment, extends the style found in other areas of the house into this very practical space. The framed painting seen here beautifully matches the cabinets and backsplash.

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Transitional Kitchen by East Anglia Kitchen Designers & Remodelers Humphrey Munson

6. Make it mirrored. Antiqued mirrored glass brings a softly reflective element to a room and makes a wonderful material for a backsplash. It’s practical and easy to wipe down, but it also boosts the feeling of space and creates depth.

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Traditional Kitchen by London Cabinets & Cabinetry British Standard by Plain English

7. Work with paint. A kitchen with paneled walls is the perfect canvas for a creative paint job. Use paint to create the illusion of a backsplash running around the entire room. You can even include the lower cabinets, as shown here.

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Modern Kitchen by London Photographers David Churchill – Architectural Photographer

8. Create a cool toe kick. Toe kicks can be something of an afterthought and generally match the cabinets above, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Here, a stainless steel toe kick creates a reflective, almost glowing strip at the base of these wooden units. It’s a nice, subtle contrast of materials.

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Transitional Kitchen by London Interior Designers & Decorators Sigmar

9. Add a vintage piece. Teaming up contemporary and vintage pieces is a mix-and-match approach that works brilliantly in other rooms but isn’t often used in the kitchen. Hanging a vintage display case to supplement built-in contemporary cabinets adds loads of personality, not to mention lovely visual variety.

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Transitional Kitchen by London Interior Designers & Decorators Blakes London

10. Integrate herb storage. Pots of fresh herbs cluttering up your windowsill? Who says they always have to be kept there? A clever alternative is to design an integrated trough into a counter where the herbs can neatly sit. A simple open rack, hung on the wall, is another good alternative.

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