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11 of the Hottest Kitchen Trends in 2018

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Kitchens have become more than just a place for meal preparation. They have turned into the true center of the home for entertaining and every-day family gatherings. 

Below are 11 design and technology trends that are making this year's kitchens stand out from the outdated kitchens of the past. 

Banquette Seating

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Making a comeback from the 80’s, banquette seating has become a popular design trend of 2018. Who wouldn’t want to sit at this sunny little alcove for breakfast every morning?

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Gray Cabinetry

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The kitchen industry's leading manufacturers say that while white cabinets continue to be tops, gray is the shade they're betting on to break white's top spot.

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French Door Ovens

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Not only are french-door wall ovens stylish, they’re becoming a great choice in limited spaces because you don’t have to allow room for a conventional door to fold down in front. You can even control the oven remotely with your smartphone!

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Countertop Beer Brewing

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Craft beer enthusiasts will love this trend. For the small sacrifice of 20.5 inches of countertop width, homeowners are turning their kitchens into their own custom microbreweries!

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Square-Tile Backsplashes

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Another trend from the 80’s that is back: square porcelain tiles. Because the tiles are simple both in finish and shape, you can make them a bit more exciting by contrasting it with a different color grout or installing the tiles in a different pattern other than just the typical grid. Click here to read the difference that grout color can make to your tiles.

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Heated Countertops

Applying a stick-on heating mat underneath the countertop overhang area has become a popular trend among owners of granite, quartz and other stone countertops. These surfaces tend to feel cold to the touch so adding some heat helps to bring back the comfort and elegance of your island or peninsula.

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Induction Cooking

Fast, safe, and aesthetically pleasing -- there are many reasons why homeowners love induction cooking. Utilizing little heat, kitchens stay cool while cooking, and surfaces remain safe to touch. Plus, these cooktops eliminate the need for a large range hood, opening the door to creative design possibilities.

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Single Level Multipurpose Kitchen Islands

One of the changes emerging is the single level larger sized islands, serving multiple uses. They now have storage solution cabinets and are being fitted with various under-counter appliances while also providing seating–serving as a casual dining bar.

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Fridge & Freezer Dividers

According to NKBA’s 2018 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends study, 55 percent of professional kitchen designers say refrigerator columns are the trendiest item in kitchens. More than 75 percent of designers say homeowners want separate wine refrigerators.

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Brass Hardware

Yes, brass is back! Chrome and satin still reign supreme if you want to keep it classic however shiny brass is back in a big way. Not ready to commit? Yet another trend is rose gold.

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Wifi-Enabled Appliances

Imagine wanting to cook a lovely dinner, but having to rush to the store first for a few ingredients. Now you can see what is inside your refrigerator from your smart phone and use it to create your shopping list.

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Can You Heat a Granite Countertop?

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Do your beautiful granite countertops always feel cold when you lean on them? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have heated countertops?

There is a solution out there for homeowners who are unhappy with the cold feel of their beautiful stone surface, one that doesn’t involve the installment of brand new countertops.

heat granite countertop

Stick-on heating mats for granite and stone countertops are becoming a popular luxury item for both existing and new countertop installations. The ultra-thin mats simply stick on underneath the stone, warming up the surface about twenty-five degrees.

Unlike using a floor heater on your countertop, countertop heating mats are the only product designed specifically for stone countertops without introducing a risk of cracking the stone. Plus, the heater can remain on at all times for as little as $0.15 a day. (Click here to see the difference between using a floor heater versus a countertop heating mat on your surface).

“My countertops are connected to the outside wall of my house and get very cold in the winter,” says Markus B. from Salt Lake City, Utah. “With the heating system installed, I can sit at my bar without freezing my arms off!”

Countertop heating mats require no special wiring and are very easy to install without the help of a professional. Simply peel & stick the mat underneath your existing countertop overhang!

Interested in learning more about heating your granite or stone countertop?  Visit www.FeelsWarm.com or contact the FeelsWarm team today.

12 Cool Ways to Give Your Kitchen a Makeover

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Are you planning a kitchen remodel? Or maybe just looking for little ways to spruce up your current kitchen without starting from scratch?

Below are 12 remodeling ideas that are sure to bring your kitchen from gloom to BOOM.

Update Your Cabinets with Glass Inserts

With these easy, step-by-step instructions, anyone can quickly and inexpensively transform builder-grade cabinet doors into beautiful, custom-looking glass insert doors.

Hide Your Cords in a Breadbox

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Nothing clutters up a space more than the spaghetti heap of cords and plugs needed to recharge all your electronics. Create a discreet charging station with a small bread box and place a power strip inside!

Create Vertical Storage for Baking Pans

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By using simple dividers or building custom plywood shelves, many cabinets can be transformed into easy-to-access, and most importantly functional storage.

Upgrade Your Cabinet Hardware

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New handles will transform the entire look of your cabinets and will give you a new appreciation for your kitchen. Check out these 5 Tips On Choosing The Right Kitchen Cabinet Hardware.

Stick on a Heating Mat Under Your Countertop Overhang

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One of the biggest complaints about granite and quartz counters is how cold they feel when you lean on them. A countertop heating mat will take away that coldness and can be installed in minutes!

Improve Your Kitchen Sink with a Gooseneck Faucet

Not only does a gooseneck faucet look more elegant than a standard faucet, it adds a lot more practicality too!

Paint Your Cabinets Like A Pro

This great step-by-step tutorial shows you how to become a professional when upgrading the look of your cabinets. With something that is so prominent in your kitchen, you will want to be sure to do the process correctly for the best results!

Add a Pull-Out Spice Rack

Transform how you store your spices and other small items by including unique storage ideas to your kitchen.

Install Under-Cabinet Lighting

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Under-cabinet lighting can vastly improve the workability and appearance of your kitchen. It helps balance the room’s ambient light, eliminating shadows in parts of the kitchen that would otherwise be dark!

Utilize a Pot Filler

Here's an unexpected kitchen feature that is mounted high enough on the kitchen backsplash to provide a flow of water to a big pot of pasta or soup. What a cool idea!

Incorporate Hidden Outlets on Your Countertops

New popup electrical outlets are giving homeowners a lot more flexibility to power their kitchens (and they look a lot nicer too)!

Turn Your Corner Cabinets into Practical Drawers

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Removing your Lazy Susan with specially designed drawers can make the space way more functional.

Giving your kitchen a makeover can be fun and exciting. Click on any of the images above to get even more ideas on transforming your space!

Heated Stone Products Announces Dramatic Cost Reduction in FeelsWarm® Countertop Heaters

New models available starting at $175.

FeelsWarm Countertop Heater Product Options: Desk Heater

LAKEVILLE, Minn. (April 9, 2018) - Heated Stone Products, creator of FeelsWarm® stick-on countertop heaters to warm stone surfaces, announced today a significant drop in price of the company’s standard-sized heaters. Manufacturing improvements have allowed the company to reduce the price more than 50%, making heated countertops an affordable option for new markets outside the high-end luxury home industry. 

The success of FeelsWarm over the past five years has enabled the company to invest in advanced automation processes that directly reduce fabrication costs of the FeelsWarm product line, particularly the costs of rectangular heaters for desks, straight overhangs, tables and vanities.

This reduction not only appeals to owners of mid to lower-valued homes, but to contractors and renovators looking to enhance the value they bring to their customers. The product can be marketed to new or existing homes with stone or quartz countertops as a low-cost offering, greatly increasing the homeowners use and value of their countertop.

“Our customers in the luxury home market absolutely love our products,” explains Jahn Stopperan, President of Heated Stone Products. “Whether there is a new countertop involved or a ‘do-it-yourself’ installation on an existing stone top, this new automation now provides a cost-effective option for others to experience the same benefits.”

FeelsWarm patented (pending) heaters work with all types of stone countertops (granite, marble, quartz, and engineered stone) and are the only products on the market specifically for stone counters. The product is designed to heat select areas only, particularly overhangs and places where people rest their arms, and can be customized to heat new countertops as well as existing counters with a unique shape.

Click here to shop FeelsWarm's selection of countertop heaters. 

952-898-9505 | sales@feelswarm.com

DIY: Add Heat to Your Cold Granite Desk

Heat Your Granite Desk

If you work at a desk made of granite, quartz or any natural stone, then you have probably noticed how cold the material feels on your skin. Whether your stone desk is located in your home or in an office building, there is a solution for you to make your cold surface more comfortable.

Stick-on heating mats for under your desk apply directly to the stone, warming it about 25 degrees above room temperature. This warmth not only soothes your wrists and arms when working all day, but gives your desk a more elegant and luxurious appeal. Why not bring more comfort to the area that you sit at most?

"Our nice, expensive granite would remain cold all the time, so we decided to install a stick-on heater just under where my keyboard sits,” said Dan. D from Waterloo, Ontario. “Now, I am happy that it is quite warm and the ladies that work at the desk are very happy that they don't have to deal with a freezing work surface. Plus, the install was very easy!”

The heating mats are easy to install which is why they are marketed as a “Do-It-Yourself” product. The simple peel-and-stick application takes minutes and the heater can be plugged into a standard 120V outlet. You can even leave your heater on all the time, as the cost to run it is about the same as running a 70 watt light bulb!

Depending on the size, rectangular stick-on heating mats cost between $175 - $549. They can also be customized to fit your exact surface.

Want to learn more about adding a stick-on heater to your desk? Click here to view the FeelsWarm® product.