Top 11 Kitchen Trends for Fall 2020

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 11 kitchen trends that you will see take off in Fall 2020.

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KITCHEN PLATE RACKS

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Vintage plate racks are coming back in a big way. Whether displayed on countertops or mounted on walls, they add a ton of soul to a space and give you an actual place to store and display your dishware instead of hiding it away in a cupboard.

STEEL HOODS

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There seems to be a surge in custom kitchen hoods that steer away from traditional stainless steel or basic painted wood. “We’ve been implementing steel and plasterwork into our designs more and more,” says Janice Barta of Barta Interiors, “and we are loving how these are becoming a focal point and conversation piece for our kitchens.”

DOGGIE CANTINAS

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Areas specifically designed for feeding man’s best friend are becoming the latest pet-focused trend. Using alcoves under your kitchen cabinets to house dog bowls and food, as well as treats and leashes, will leave your kitchen space (and floor) tidier.

COLORFUL WINDOW FRAMES

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An easy way to bring in a pop of color without committing to a big dramatic statement is a painted window frame.

HEATED COUNTERTOPS

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Yes, you read that correctly. A trend that has been on the rise is warming the countertop overhang area, specifically on cold granite and quartz. Countertop warming mats can be adhered underneath the area where you frequently lean, giving your family some high-end comfort and luxury.

UNIQUE BACKSPLASH DESIGNS

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Subway tiles are slowly losing their time in the spotlight people are moving on to larger slabs of tiles and tiles with various textures or patterns. Neutral patterns with natural texture is another option for those looking for a classic look.

GOLD HARDWARE

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A more sophisticated version of the bright brass hardware that was popular in the late twentieth century, today’s modern gold hardware is a bit more muted and often has a matte finish.

KITCHEN LADDERS

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‘Ladders are having a resurgence, making a striking and practical addition to traditional style kitchens.’ explains Jamie Blake, the Founder of Blakes London. The use of ladders is especially popular in properties where rooms that wouldn’t traditionally have been used as a kitchen are re-purposed.

FUN LIGHT FIXTURES

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Not a big fan of recessed lighting and what to add more personality and character to your kitchen ceiling? Small light fixtures are doing the job in a stylish yet functional way! Incandescent light bulbs can add a soft, decorative touch to your kitchen.

ASH CABINETRY

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Homes & Gardens says to expect to see the resurrection of warm, paler woods used for cabinets, such as a subtle grained ash. Elle Decor notes something similar. They indicate the rise in warm finishes, such as light wood, soft, neutral countertops and tumbled stone floors.

CUSTOM STORAGE SOLUTIONS

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Smart storage is very much essential for keeping kitchen clutter at bay and making the most out of the space that you have. Creative storage solutions such as pull-out pantries, shelving above windows, drawers in the kitchen island and built-in pot racks continue to be popular.

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13 Mistakes to Avoid When Renovating Your House

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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 home. Read this before you renovate!

Mistake#1: Choosing the lowest estimate

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One of the first steps in hiring professional help is collecting estimates from a handful of reputable contractors. Once the quotes finally come in, it can be tempting to go with the lowest one to try and save some money. However, that low cost is usually low for a reason. You may be cutting corners or missing out on some important services that are worth the extra expense.

Mistake #2: Purchasing your appliances at the end

Kitchen Renovation Mistakes

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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.

Mistake #3: Prioritizing the interior first 

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It’s natural to want to start with the fun stuff, but ensure the house is sound before you begin interior work. That means focusing on the siding, gutters, roof and retaining walls. You need a solid shell and it doesn’t make sense to rush the work or to skimp.

Mistake #4: Forgetting Your Kitchen Workflow

Kitchen Renovation Mistakes

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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”.

Mistake #5: Buying Without Trying

Kitchen Renovation Mistakes

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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.

Mistake #6: Too Much Open Shelving

Kitchen Renovation Mistakes

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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? Sometimes practicality is more important than ambiance.

Mistake #7: Choosing Cabinets Based on Price Not Quality

Kitchen Renovation Mistakes

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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.

Mistake #8: Working without a permit

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If you have a contractor, he or she will likely get any necessary building permits. However, to make sure there are no issues later, you should check with your county or local municipal building department to determine whether a permit is needed for your specific project. Unpermitted projects are often torn down. If you ever sell your home, the resale value or the actual sale itself may be affected.

Mistake #9: Installing Flooring Before Anything Else

Kitchen Renovation Mistakes

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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.”

Mistake #10: Mismatched features in your bathroom

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A simple rule to follow when mixing finishes: don’t mix more than two types of metals, woods or tiles. You don’t want your washroom to look more like a sample room than the spa-tacular space that you deserve.

Mistake #11: Choosing granite or quartz for your countertops

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There is nothing wrong with choosing stone as your countertop selection, but many homeowners who love the look of granite or quartz 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. 

Mistake #12: Replacing windows


“If they’re original to the house and are in half-decent shape, older windows can and should be resuscitated,” advises renovation consultant, Brian Irving. “Anyone claiming that you will earn your money back in energy savings by installing replacement windows is either misinformed or looking for your money himself.”

Mistake #13: Placing a Dishwasher Far from the Sink

Kitchen Renovation Mistakes

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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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10 Ways to Make Working from Home More Enjoyable

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As times change and workplace settings shift, more and more people have been able to enjoy the flexibility of working from home. While there are many benefits of spending the workday from the comfort of your own house, there can be times when it gets frustrating or tiring.

Below are 10 suggestions to help increase productivity, make you feel happier and bring you some extra comfort on your “WFH” days.

Take your office anywhere in the house.

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A sturdy, wooden bed tray is ideal for everyday use, especially if you enjoy working in different areas of the house. Have your food, drinks, or laptop with you at the comfort of your bed or couch as you work from home. 

Spruce up your desk with new décor.

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You won’t mind getting work done when you’re in a space that you love. Declutter your desk area and swap out your old items for a new lamp, fresh greenery and some new bold picture frames.

Splurge on a better coffee machine.

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Treat yourself to that espresso machine you’ve been eyeing forever. Something that you know will get used every morning is worth the extra money. Check out this list of the 10 Best Coffee Machines.

Move your work area near a window.

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Natural light will do wonders for your mood and will allow you to call it quits at a reasonable hour.

Invest in a second monitor.

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If you know that you will continue to have the flexibility of working from home going forward, consider adding a second monitor alongside your laptop. Check out the insane benefits of dual monitors here.

Warm the surface you lean on all day.

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If you work from your granite countertop or you have a desk made of stone, you’ve likely noticed how uncomfortably cold the surface is on your wrist and forearms. A thin adhesive warming mat that goes under the counter will make your workday much more cozy and warm.

Schedule legitimate stretch breaks.

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Unlike at the office where you have to look professional, working from home allows you to wear comfy clothes and no shoes, so take advantage of it! Schedule a time everyday where you can pull out the yoga mat, stretch out your muscles and take time to decompress your mind.

Increase productivity with some high-end headphones.

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If you have other family members in the house or you get constantly distracted by random noise, a good pair of sound-canceling headphones is your solution. You will be so happy to disconnect from the chaos around you and focus solely on the task at hand.

Consider buying a height adjustable workstation.

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When you’re in an office setting, you are much more likely to stand up and walk around more often than when you’re home. Standing desks have many long-term benefits such as weight loss, reduced back pain and improved mental health.

Light more candles.

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Set the ambiance and atmosphere of your working space by lighting a seasonal candle every morning. Why not take advantage of being at home since you are likely not allowed to light candles when you’re at the office?

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13 Creative Ways to Update Your Living Space While You're Stuck at Home

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Finding yourself with extra downtime? Or maybe you have the urge to spruce up the areas of your home that you spend the most time in. We have some great ideas that will help you do just that.

Below are 13 creative ways to update your living space and make your home feel a little more cozy this spring.

Create a cozy reading nook.

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Creating a designated space to relax and unwind will make your home feel extra cozy and comforting. Here’s how to create the perfect reading nook.

Upgrade your shower head. 

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It can be as simple as unscrewing your existing shower head and replacing it with a new one to completely enhance your shower time. From LED lights and Bluetooth speakers to a rain-style experience, you’re sure to find a shower head that does a lot more than you’d expect.

Warm your cold granite countertop.

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If you have granite or quartz, you know how cold it feels to the touch. A thin countertop warmer can be applied under your overhang so you that can enjoy your morning cup of coffee while leaning on a warm surface.

Bring the outdoors in.

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Plants give life to any indoor space, so bring in some plants to brighten up a room this spring. If you don’t have a green thumb, there are plenty of plants to choose from that don’t require much care. Here are 10 indoor plants you probably can’t kill.

Install dimmer switches or blue-tooth lighting.

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Sometimes, getting out of bed to turn off a lamp across the room feels like a journey of a million miles. However, with this Hue starter kit, you can integrate your light bulbs with your smart home system.

Give old furniture a makeover.

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Do you have an outdated piece of furniture, or simply a piece that no longer fits your decor? You may be tempted to replace the item; however, painting furniture is an easy (and inexpensive) way to give your pieces new life.

Install soft-close hardware on your cabinetry.

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Taking away the loud slam of your cabinets and drawers will certainly enhance your space. This simple DIY project will make your kitchen feel more serene.

Cozy up your living room with new pillows and throws.

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One of the easiest ways to update your space is to swap out your old blankets and throw pillows for something new and fresh. You can shop your favorite looks online.

Let the light in with electric blinds.

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Motorized blinds are an easy and fancy way to bring plenty of sunshine in, especially during long days stuck in the house.

Create furniture displays in otherwise unused corners.

Winter Home Ideas after Christmas

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Rearrange furniture or create an inviting vignette in an unused area of your home. You will enjoy the feel of a new room without having to spend an arm and a leg.

Give your tub a makeover using paint.

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If you’re down for a simple yet somewhat time-consuming project, this one will totally transform the look and feel of your bathroom. See tips here.

Put up more mirrors.

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Swap out some of the stale pieces on your wall for one large mirror or a cluster of different mirrors. This will completely open up your space and reflect more natural light. 

Invest in a portable fireplace.

Winter Home Ideas after Christmas

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Even if you don’t have a built-in fireplace, adding a portable one to any room in the house can instantly up the coziness factor. Anywhere Fireplaces “are ventless and use ethanol, which is recycled and clean-burning,” meaning there are no dangerous fumes to worry about.

What other ideas do you have for sprucing up your home this spring?

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The Ultimate Custom Home Building Checklist

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Designing and building a new home is a very overwhelming (and sometimes very stressful) process. You’ve narrowed down that you want an open layout, walkout basement and 4 bedrooms, but what about all of the other details that go into building a custom home?

We spoke to a licensed realtor who, after years of receiving customer feedback, gave us the following custom features to not forget about when building a new home.

Behold: The Ultimate Custom Home Checklist.

KITCHEN

Extra large garbage area in kitchen

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Cabinets to the ceiling

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Two ovens

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Walk-in pantry & wine storage

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Speakers in the ceiling

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Heated countertops

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MAIN LIVING SPACE

Large baseboards & trim

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Upgraded carpet with extra padding

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Built-ins around the fireplace

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Outlet by banisters and mantle (for Christmas)

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Floor-to-ceiling windows

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9-foot ceilings

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Dimmer switches everywhere

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