AFTER YEARS OF HUNKERING DOWN and spending less on renovations, many homeowners are ready to start giving in to the desire to cook up something new in their kitchens. “During the recession,” says Fred Miller, managing director of the Florida-based Home Improvement Research Institute, “a lot of what got cut were bigger-ticket discretionary items. If your water heater went out, you weren’t going to take cold showers, but because some kitchen remodeling can be pretty pricey, many owners decided they could live with their existing kitchens for a year or two.”
That attitude seems to be softening, with the remodeling industry overall seeing double the growth in 2012 that it did just two years ago, according to research from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. “Work is starting to ramp back up again,” says Miller, “and the biggest reason is pent-up demand.”
If you’re one of those weighing a fresh look for your kitchen, consider incorporating some of the latest trends.
1. CLEANER, MORE MODERN LINES
Perhaps the biggest change to hit the Northeast in recent years is the simpler, sleeker look coming over from Europe, though, according to Jeff Swanson of Renovation Planning in the South End, “it will always be New England-style contemporary, where it’s not harsh and cold.” Designers term this look “transitional” — that is, modern but with a classic take.
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