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10 Kitchen Trends to Watch For in 2020

Kitchen Trends in 2020

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Much like in the fashion or music industry, trends in home design are constantly changing. Whether or not you like to stay up to date with the latest styles, it can still be fun to know what new things to expect in the near future.

According to some of the top designers and architects, here are 10 kitchen trends that you will see take off in 2020.

Dry Dishes Right Out of the Washer

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Nobody wants to unload wet dishes, yet it’s a fact of life with many dishwashers on the market. Your plastics are not getting dry. Luckily, you can expect to see dishwashers that incorporate the “magic” mineral zeolite to ensure dry dishes every time.

Heated Countertops

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Whether it’s granite, quartz, marble or concrete, all stone feels cold to the touch. Adding some warmth under the area where people sit most, such as the island overhang, is becoming a wildly popular trend. It’s a simple add on that will bring luxury and comfort to your kitchen for years to come.  

Colored Upholstery

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“After 2019, we are officially closing the door on pure white kitchens. Even if it’s just one element of accent color—blue counter stools, a patterned roman shade or powdered coated island pendants–pops of color will be sneaking into the pure white blank slate of kitchens past.” —Emilie Munroe

Statement Appliances

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When an appliance is as unique as some of the ones that we have been seeing on the market, you can’t fathom the idea of hiding them. You will be seeing beautiful ovens on display in a ton of homes this upcoming year.

Deeper Shelving

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2020 is all about practical and hidden storage. By sourcing deeper than average drawers you’ll make cooking and storage all the easier especially when they are placed in high traffic cooking areas, like next to your range.

Navy & Neutral

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The key to mastering this look is choosing the right shade. Almost black can be jarring, too light can feel beachy. Balance is also key – navy paint works here because it’s brightened with brass accessories and white marble.

Bespoke Larders

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‘When redesigning your kitchen, a bespoke larder is still one of the biggest trends this year and next,’ reveal Naked Kitchens. ‘A must–have in the modern kitchen, with storage at the right temperature and ingredients easily accessible, a well-designed bespoke larder is also a thing of great beauty.’

Fluted Glass

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On cabinetry, fluted patterns can be used to provide 3D interest – just enough to bounce the light and add character while staying within the simplicity of modern design – offering privacy and depth.

Touch Free Light Switches

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If you’re going to do a major renovation, you aren’t going to want to pop in a dated plastic plate for your light switch. With this sleek Wave Switch, simply wave your hand in front of the switch to turn lights on and off. The best part? You can install it yourself in 15 minutes.

Irregular Backsplash Tile

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Defining your spaces does not need to be so rigid, especially when it comes to this charming take on a kitchen backsplash. Hexagon tiles are expected to be the popular backsplash choice in 2020. They aren’t trimmed to fit flush with the cabinets, and there can even be sections that creep into your dining area.

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8 Products for People With Consistently Cold Hands

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Winter is coming. Time to prepare for the inevitable. Below are 8 unique products for anyone who suffers from cold-hand syndrome.

Heated Lotion Dispenser

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Nothing says “keep warm” like rubbing hot lotion into the palms of your hands. If you need instant relief from the bone chilling cold—and you’re in desperate need for moisturizer—then this lotion dispenser has you covered. Shop Now

Heated Mouse

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There’s nothing worse than trying to work at your desk with freezing cold fingers. If you’ve ever had to stop working just to warm up your hands, then this product is for you. A heated mouse with heated buttons will change your world! Shop Now

Heated Steering Wheel Cover

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This cover will provide warmth and comfort for all seasons. After plugging into your car cigarette socket, the cover will automatically release a temperature of 95 degrees to 113 degrees enough to warm your hands up. Shop Now

Heating Mat for Your Countertop

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If you hate how cold your granite or stone countertop feels to rest your arms on every morning, this product is a must-have. The mat is ultra-thin and sticks directly under your overhang, warming the surface to a soothing temperature for your bare skin. Shop Now

App-Controlled Heated Mug

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This product not only keeps your hot drink at the exact temperature you prefer, but it keeps your hands warm all day. It even has an hour battery life so you can take a hot cup of a coffee to your meeting and won’t have to worry about it getting cold. Shop Now

Hand Warmer & Portable Phone Charger

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This hand warmer is unlike any other. It keeps your hands toasty and also functions as an on-the-go charger for your mobile phone and digital products. Shop Now

Personal Heater

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Perfect for dorms, cubicles or home offices, this portable heater will give you the luxury of warmth all day long. It only uses a max of 250 watts for complete safety. Shop Now

Desktop Heater

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If you want to get fancy with your hand warming at work, the Envavo Heatbuff uses natural infrared waves, which improves the blood flow in your hands to keep them warm. This is the year to beat that cold air-conditioned office! Shop Now

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Avoid These 9 Common Mistakes When Renovating Your Kitchen

 

Most people understand how much time and money goes into a home renovation. What might seem like a minor hiccup during the process may end up costing you thousands of dollars later.

Below are some of the biggest mistakes people have made when building or renovating a kitchen. Read this before you renovate!

Forgetting Your Workflow

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When planning your remodel, remember your kitchen’s busiest areas: the sink, stove, and refrigerator. Make sure these areas and appliances are in an efficient location that is relevant to one another. Many designers refer to this as the kitchen “work triangle”.

Buying Without Trying

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Requesting samples is an absolute must before you order anything, particularly if you’re shopping online. Seeing samples in-store helps, but ideally you need to see your chosen finishes at home. Even textures can appear quite different depending on the surrounding colours and lighting.

Too Much Open Shelving

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Open shelving is gorgeous. But be honest with yourself: Do you want every novelty mug and bottle of generic-brand ketchup on display?

Choosing Appliances Last

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One of the biggest kitchen renovation mistakes is choosing your appliances last. It may be more fun to plan the cabinet layout and countertops first, but always choose your major appliances first and then build the plan around those dimensions. You’ll be disappointed if you order cabinets and then find out that you only have room for a 24-inch-wide oven.

Choosing Cabinets Based on Price Not Quality

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It’s true that cabinets are the most expensive component of your remodel. Remember that they need to withstand daily wear and tear and inexpensive cabinets will affect the overall appearance of your kitchen remodel.

Installing Flooring Before Anything Else

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Installing your floor toward the beginning of the renovation is a major mistake, according to Dave Murphy, National Technical Director at N-Hance Wood Refinishing. “With large items coming in and out of the house and increased foot traffic,” he says, “it’s best the wear and tear and scratches are made to the existing floor rather than the new one.”

Choosing the Wrong Countertop Material

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Be sure to choose a durable countertop material that works with your lifestyle. Also, many homeowners love the look of granite or quartz but don’t realize that the surface is very cold to lean on. Avoid being unhappy with the cold by adding a countertop heating mat under the overhang where you commonly sit. 

Assuming All Contractors Are the Same

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Before you hire a kitchen remodeling company, you need to spend some time researching and comparing contractors. Don’t just go with the first – or cheapest – one you come across. Consumer Reports found that nearly 20 percent of general contractors don’t have insurance or a state license – and almost 10 percent don’t have either. Be strategic about the company you work with.

Placing a Dishwasher Far from the Sink

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Planning the layout of your kitchen can save you a lot of headaches. It’s a hassle if the dishwasher is too far from the sink and may also mean a lot of wet floors when carrying dishes across the room.

Can you think of any other kitchen renovation mistakes to avoid? Share them with us on Instagram or Facebook!

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What Are Dekton Countertops?

What is Dekton?
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If you have yet not heard of Dekton by Cosentino, we are here to tell you all about this unique and popular countertop material. Sold all around the world, Dekton is considered one of the most durable selections for countertops. So before you narrow in on only granite or quartz for your next kitchen renovation, take a moment to give this special surface a chance.

What is Dekton?

What is Dekton?

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Dekton is a sophisticated blend of the raw materials used to produce the very latest in glass and porcelain as well as the highest quality quartz work surfaces. Dekton is brought to you by Cosentino, the makers of Silestone.

What is Dekton Made Of?

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One of Dekton’s most striking features is the use of “sinterized” particles. These are particles that have undergone an accelerated version of the same kinds of changes that natural stone undergoes when it is subjected to high temperature and high pressure for thousands of years. This process creates a surface that is as durable as natural stone, but non-porous and capable of withstanding high temperatures with ease.

Does Dekton Stain Easily?

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Due to its low porosity, the ultra-compact Dekton surface is highly resistant to staining in day-to-day use, making it ideal for use as a kitchen worktop. In the rare case of aggressive stains, it is recommended to use specific products such as cream detergents with abrasive particles or solvents.

Is Dekton Scratch Resistant?

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Dekton is virtually imperviousto scratching, staining, UV light, water, cold and fire. It is so strong and versatile, Cosentino is touting it as much for exterior applications like building cladding as indoor ones like countertops and floors. 

Is Dekton Heat Resistant?

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Unique compared to other surfaces, Dekton withstands high temperatures without burning, scorching or cracking. Hot pots and crock pots can be placed directly on the surface. Plus, Dekton is highly resistant to ultra violet (UV) light and will not fade or degrade over time making it perfect for outdoor kitchens.

What Is the Difference Between Dekton & Quartz?

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Quartz countertops are made with a resin that is used to bind crushed stone together. The resin is what give the countertop it’s flexibility and makes it very hard to crack or chip. Dekton cracks and chips much easier than quartz does. The drawback of the resin in quartz is that it cannot handle high temperatures. With quartz you always need to insulate hot pots and pans from the countertop.

Is Dekton Easy to Clean?

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Dekton is a non-porous material, so it never needs to be sealed. Once installed, the maintenance is easy. It naturally prevents liquids and gases from penetrating the surface and it’s so easy to clean.

What Colors Are Available in Dekton?

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Dekton has 40+ colors available. The palette overall tends to be earthy and metallic so as to neutrally integrate into your current kitchen design. You probably won’t be making a loud “statement” with the subdued colors of your Dekton. The range includes solid colors and washed or grainy patterns but also some with nice veining that look like white marble.

How Expensive is Dekton?

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Dekton is great for being a budget friendly option. Dekton is significantly less expensive than Quartz, Granite and Marble which offers a great alternative to homeowners. However, Dekton is by far more expensive than laminate and concrete so there are more options for you if you are exceptionally tight with your budget.

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Then & Now: Advancements in Homes That You Didn’t Have Growing Up

There is no denying that technology has been changing our lives as each new advancement is introduced. Sometimes it can even be hard to remember what life was like before the luxury of modern technology.

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and see the difference between home appliances back then compared to now.

Ovens Then

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Ovens Now

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Countertops Then

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Countertops Now

Showers Then

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Showers Now

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Microwaves Then

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Microwaves Now

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Toilets Then

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Toilets Now

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Refrigerators Then

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Refrigerators Now

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Dishwashers Then

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Dishwashers Now

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Did any of these throwback photos make you feel nostalgic? It sure makes you wonder where the next 20 years will take us.

 

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