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We all know that the kitchen is the focal point of the home, where good food, comfort, and conversation all meet. It's the place that brings everyone together at the start or end of a long day. This is why creating a space with both personality and functionality is key for any kitchen design.

Kitchen renovations recoup 80 percent of their cost according to Remodeling Magazine, while a major midrange remodel has a 65 percent return on investment. This means there are multiple benefits in obtaining your dream kitchen! Whether your goal is a full remodel or just to spruce up the place, you'll want to know what's in, what's out, and what's here to stay in kitchen trends.

Bright colors and appealing hues

Many are taking a leap and following the colorful kitchen trends as seen in many European homes. It's time to shy away from the all white kitchens praised by minimalists and to bring in some flair into your home. Matt Prall and Stephen Garland of Papilio say pops of color can reflect a homeowner's personality and their needs, so this is a great opportunity to experiment with what you love.

Bold colors can seem daunting and a little intimidating if you're thinking of future resale, but there are a variety of ways to incorporate color into your kitchen without investing in green tiles or yellow cabinetry.

If you're not ready for a full-on pop of color, try an accent wall or even colorful kitchen accessories like teapots, mixers or toasters. An interesting, colorful splashback is an easy and interesting detail to add to any kitchen to bring a sense of life into your space. Shades of blue are always a safe and inviting hue that adds some energy.

Ceiling Treatments

Statement ceilings are more in trend than ever before. Redesigning with printed wallpaper, exposed beams or vibrant hues make a great addition to any kitchen.

Farmhouse-inspired architectural features have been around for a while but incorporating shiplap beyond your walls all the way up to your ceiling is a new, inventive take on the trend. Using these wooden boards for an update is a chic way to open up your home.

If you don’t want total farmhouse aesthetic but are still wanting to incorporate rustic features, try a wood ceiling! This is a cozy, cabin-inspired feature that adds charm to your kitchen. Natural colors of wood vary, but lighter toned options can open up your space and create a welcoming and airy feel. Adding hints of color with a painted window frame or table linens can also add extra depth to your space.

Let some light in

One of the easiest and exciting ways to experiment with your space is the lighting. Instead of going for the classic double or triple pendants above the kitchen island, try pendants over unexpected areas of the kitchen.

Asymmetrical kitchen lighting has been on the rise since the beginning of 2017 and adds a modern twist while highlighting your favorite kitchen features. Shopping for interesting lighting pieces is almost as fun as looking at the finished product. This is a great opportunity to think outside the box with new shapes and designs.

Showcase lighting is also a great way to highlight certain features of your kitchen. Light fixtures installed inside glass-front cabinets create an elegant feel while utilizing under-cabinet lighting to spotlight key features adds a luxurious feel.

Mix it up

Mixing metal and wood is a creative way to combine two completely different materials and create one unique design. It builds dimension in the kitchen and adds textural elements to your space.

Metal creates a sophisticated edge with its straight lines and cool surface. Different finishes enhance the unique style of the kitchen. Brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze provides a modern and contemporary look while copper is classic statement. Don't be afraid to mix metals too - it's both visually intriguing and multidimensional. Wood, on the other hand, exudes a rustic warmth throughout the kitchen.

What is so great about this trend is that it can be adapted to complement a variety of style preferences; contemporary or industrial. It's aesthetically pleasing and can be created by combining butcher block countertops with a stainless steel sink. Or try distressed wooden cabinets with metal accessories for a vintage style.

Effective storage and functional tech

Smart kitchens are finding their way into all aspects of kitchen renovations. Today, you have kitchens with technology integrated into every function and appliance - from the fridge to the lighting. Refrigerators can alert when you're running low on groceries. There is a gadget for just about anything to make your space even more functional and trendy.

Along with technology to make life easier, having effective storage space is also trending. Creating space in unlikely places is like a game of Tetris. One of the biggest pet peeves of any homeowner is wasted space. Try appliance garages, drawer dividers for cutlery and utensils and pull-outs for spices. A pull out trash bin can hide an unattractive feature of the kitchen while also freeing up some floor space. Opting for a rolling cabinet or cart can double in functionality acting as both storage and counter space. It can work as a kitchen island or a bar cart when rolled into any room.

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