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10 Kitchen Trends to Expect in Spring 2019

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Building a new home this spring? Or thinking about renovating your outdated kitchen to something fresh and new? Stay ahead of the curve with these current and upcoming trends in the kitchen industry.

Walls of Storage

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Beautiful yet functional storage will never go out of style so if this is something you are considering going for, do it. This trend is nothing if not kitchen design heaven and hides all the visual chaos of small appliances, dishes, food containers etc.

Concealed Vents

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Industrial hood vents are fine and dandy if you’re running a restaurant, but in the residential sphere, a seamless look will heat up kitchens going into spring 2019. Whether in a traditional or modern design, it’s all about quieter, artful look over the oven.

Matte Everything

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Who doesn’t love the slick touch of matte finishes? And lucky for you, we’ve noticed showrooms chock full of matte cabinetry and appliances that while attractive, are ultimately much easier to keep clean and are certain to not go out of style anytime soon thanks to their forever-cool allure.

Heated Countertops

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Taking luxury to a new level, homeowners are including heated countertops in their latest kitchen renovations. This trend is widely popular among those who love the look of granite and quartz, but hate how cold it is to lean on. Click here to see how to install heated countertops without hiring a professional.

Glass and Steel Room Dividers

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When used to separate a kitchen and living room, these transparent dividers can keep food smells and noise in the kitchen, while creating the visual effect of a large, open floor plan. If you aren’t sold on an open floor plan, yet want to make your space feel connected, this is the solution.

Bespoke Pantries and Larders

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“When redesigning your kitchen, a bespoke larder is still one of the biggest trends this year and next,’ reveals 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.”  

Moveable Islands

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Islands are handy as prep surfaces and extra seating, but they don’t need to be set in stone. This slim, moveable island offers flexibility when entertaining, and has an airy base perfect for small spaces. Of all the trends this spring, this one seems to be the most practical.

Smart Fridges

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While they may not be popping up in every new home just yet, the trend of smart appliances has become significantly more popular in 2019. And there’s no denying that a smart fridge could actually be pretty useful.

Colored Cabinetry

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“Many people are beginning to incorporate colored cabinets in kitchens while moving away from all white cabinetry. Making a statement and creating a mood with cabinetry, like using deep or grey-washed blues and greens is in high demand. These are being beautifully paired with fixtures and hardware in brass and other contrasting metals.” – Sara Ianniciello

Quartz Countertops Still on Top

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For high-end kitchen countertops, quartz still reigns supreme. The material is extremely hardy, can last virtually forever, is a breeze to maintain and is anti-microbial. Granite, the main competitor in the high-end bracket, requires slightly more maintenance.

Which of these trends is your favorite? Click here to ask yourself the hardest “would you rather” home renovation questions. 

9 Items You Didn’t Realize Could Be Heated in Your Home

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Modern technology has allowed us to heat just about anything to bring you more comfort both inside your home and out. If you’re the type of person who is always cold or is always complaining about how cold it is, then this post is for you. Below are 9 items in your home that you never knew you could heat.

Heated Desk Chair

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Helping to increase circulation and relieve tension, this heated desk chair with massaging functions does more for your body than just heat it up. This is the perfect chair for anyone is who works from home and has to uncomfortably sit at a desk all day.

Heated Towel Rack

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There’s no need to endure the post-shower cold. This list of 20 different towel warmers will keep you snug and feeling luxurious in your bathroom every morning (or night if you’re a PM shower taker).  

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Leaning against a cold surface every morning while trying to enjoy your cup of coffee can be very unpleasant. See how you can enjoy heated countertops without having to install new counters at all.

Heated Rugs

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Like an electric blanket for your floor, this innovative heating system turns area rugs into “invisible” space heaters and lets you stay warm and keep your sense of style. You can also use this as a warmed pet mat!

Heated Toilet Seat

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Talk about keeping every area of your body warm! The LumaWarm heated nightlight toilet seat offers the luxury and comfort of a warmed seat – with the added convenience of an illuminating LED nightlight.

Heated Driveway

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Have you ever seen snow fall on an already warm car? It melts instantly. This is the essential idea behind snow melting systems—a heating element is embedded in your driveway (or patio, walkway, etc.) and it melts the snow that falls on it. Say goodbye to snow shoveling forever!

Heated Patio Bench

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Perfect for those chilly spring or fall evenings, heated seating will enhance the comfort of your outdoor patio or deck. Plug the bench in, turn it on at the press of a button and set it to your desired temperature!

Heated Desk

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If you work at a desk made of granite or quartz, take a moment to feel just how cold the surface feels against your skin. These stick-on desk heaters will raise the temperature of your surface 20-25°, leaving you with a much more soothing feel during your work day. Simply apply the mat under your surface and plug it into a standard outlet!

Defogging Mirror

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Previously available only in spas or luxury hotels, the luxury of a fog-free mirror can be yours to enjoy in your own master bathroom. With a fogless mirror as part of the home, you will no longer have to wipe mirrors after warm showers and leave streaks on them as a result.

Which of these luxurious items do you want in your home? Follow us on Instagram & Twitter for more luxury home inspiration. 

Enjoy Heated Countertops Without Buying New Counters

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After renovating your kitchen with beautiful granite or quartz countertops, you may discover how cold the surface feels to lean on every morning. This is a common complaint from many owners of stone countertops and it can be a major disappointment after spending thousands of dollars on a full kitchen renovation.

Luckily, heated countertops are a luxury that can be added even after your countertops have been installed. The best part? You can add them yourself without hiring outside help.

stick-on heating mat, designed specifically for stone countertops, applies directly under your countertop overhang, heating the area where you most frequently sit. The rest of your countertops can remain cold which is ideal for cooking or for setting your cold beverages.

The ultra-thin mat (less than 25 thousandths of an inch thick) can be designed to perfectly fit the shape and size of your current countertop, including corbels and curves. Simply plug the mat into a standard outlet inside your cabinet and you’ll be enjoying heated countertops all year long!

Below are 5 examples of homeowners who are happy that they added heat to their existing countertop.

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“My best (indulgent) purchase EVER! We sit at the counter all the time and everybody comments on how awesome it is. Believe it or not, it actually warms the entire kitchen. I couldn’t be happier with the product.”  -Meghan M., Nashua NH

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 “You really don’t know what you are missing until you have it. I now have such a bigger appreciation for my countertop and my wife loves it!” -Matt L., New Haven IN

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“The welcome desk at our salon was always cold for guests to lean on. Now we get compliments all the time on how nice the counter feels, especially in the winter.” -Sarah T., Lakeville MN

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“I love the fact that my food does not go cold in a couple of minutes after I put the plate on the counter any more and that I can lean on my countertop and feel the cozy warmth. Highly recommend!”  -Anna K., New York NY

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“We purchased the FeelsWarm heating mat for our granite countertop a few months ago & we love it! It does a tremendous job at heating the granite. It heats the countertop just enough to take the initial shock away when leaning on it with bare arms.” -Becky S., Audubon IA

Ever considered heating your countertop? Get a quote for your own custom heating mat today!

The Top 7 Modern Countertop Ideas You've Never Thought Of

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Just when you think you’re caught up with the current trends in home design, something new pops up. Design trends are always changing, especially with the ongoing advancements in home technology. 

Below are 7 of the most extraordinary and modern countertop ideas for your ever-changing kitchen. 

Wireless Charging

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Did you know that you can add wireless charging to your countertop? Dupont Building Innovations and the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have collaborated to embed wireless charging solutions for smartphones and tablets into DuPont Corian solid surfaces used in furnishings for home and public spaces. Simply connect a receiver to your smart device and put your device on the charging spot to power up.

No more having to use an outlet with your chargers on display. Keep your countertop clutter-free with this amazing advancement!

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Over the past 6 years, homeowners have been adding heat to the area of their countertops where they sit most. FeelsWarm® ultra-thin heating mats are stuck directly under the overhang, providing enough heat to make sitting at your granite island more enjoyable. Plugging into a standard outlet in your cabinet, the mats can be customized to fit the exact shape and size of your stone countertop.

Enjoy the luxury of granite without the cold!

Glass Countertops

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Glass is a very unique and modern selection for your kitchen counters. The material is non-porous, heat resistant, highly customizable and low maintenance. Not to mention, the ability to illuminate the glass from below is something you can have a lot of fun with. The only major downsides of this countertop selection is the cost as well as its ability to be easily scratched. 

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Take your modern countertop to the next level with a custom-shaped kitchen sink cut out. Artistic sinks give kitchens a lot more personality, whether they’re decorated in modern, traditional or rustic styles. Elkay has created a number of creative sinks for virtually any style or occasion, offered in a fun variety of shapes, styles and sizes for both residential and commercial use.

Countertop Overhang Lighting

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Light doesn’t just have to come from the ceiling. Adding under-the-counter LED lighting will brighten your kitchen at night and will make the room feel taller. This small detail can make all the difference to enhancing your modern kitchen.

Induction and HD Backsplash

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We already have this technology; it just isn’t being integrated yet. Designers are thinking countertops that turn into stovetops with the push of a button. The stove can also be activated by voice as well. The backsplash will allow you to search the web and pull up recipes and nutritional advice. Talk about modern!

Yet to Come: Self-Cleaning Countertops

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The latest modern countertop development is anti-microbial hard surfaces. Cupron and EOS Surfaces have teamed together to create a countertop that kills infection-causing viruses and bacteria on its own, forever.  The companies are waiting for final approval from the EPA to market their health-promoting claims. Read more.

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9 Home Desk Ideas That Will Make You Want to Work All Day

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With the modern convenience of Skype and other online tools, working from home has become increasingly popular for professionals everywhere. Not leaving the house all day can be relaxing, but only if you enjoy the ambiance of your home office.

Here are 9 unique home desk ideas for you to spruce up your work space and stay productive all day.

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This large corner office is perfectly designed for two and is neatly tucked away for ultimate privacy. Plenty of storage options to keep the surface nice and tidy!

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Avoid sitting all day by creating your own adjustable standing desk. You’ll feel more energized throughout the day when you are able to alternate between sitting and standing. See how to build your own adjustable desk here.

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How inviting is this gorgeous marble and chrome desk? The natural linen slip-covered chairs and gray table lamps add a sense of comfort and elegance to this beautiful office space.

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Charge, connect, and store absolutely anything with the Hollow Core Connect IT Desk. The unique slide-to-open design makes it easy to organize your devices while keeping your home desk clean and clutter-free. Tangled cords are yesterday’s problem.

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If you love the look of granite for your desk but hate how cold it is to lean on, a stick-on desk heater is the right product for you. Plugging into a standard outlet, this ultra-thin heating mat can be stuck directly underneath your stone, giving you a pleasantly warm surface to rest your arms all day.

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For those who can’t choose between a home office and a home gym, the Walkstation Desk by Steelcase will solve your problem. By combining a computer desk with a treadmill, this innovative product allows you to work and workout at the same time.

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A palette of white, green and a hint of blue with floor to ceiling storage creates a stunning home office. The window seat and built-in shelving give this space a homey and inviting feel.

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The simple UNO wall-mounted floating home desk set is an extraordinary product for consumers who have limited living space. The desktop offers adequate surface space for your laptop and provides you with two shelves for storing small office supplies and important documents.

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Who says that kitchen desks are outdated? This white kitchen office space boasts a light wood x-back chair placed in front of a framed cork board, allowing you to be productive in the part of the home you love most.

Which of these home desk ideas appeals to you the most?