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But with two school-age boys, Powers wanted to warm up the kitchen with walnut-stained wood cabinets and darker wood floors. The space combines different hues and materials, she said.
With the room completely open to the family room, “we wanted it to look more like furniture pieces, not like a kitchen,” she said. “It’s kind of a risky thing to do, mixing white and dark and medium, and stainless steel, marble, Corian and brown Caesarstone. There’s a lot of stuff going on.”
More mix-and-match surfaces
Many homeowners today are taking a similar approach, according to the Houzz survey. “The trend is toward more mix-and-match surfaces,” Hausman said. Homeowners are still choosing stainless-steel appliances, but increasingly combining them with white or colored appliances, or appliances integrated into cabinetry.
“Stainless is still strong, but the trend is away from all stainless,” she said. And many homeowners also are mixing countertop materials, choosing one surface for the island and a complementary surface for the other countertops.
So if you’re planning a kitchen makeover, should you go contemporary with an eye to resale to younger homebuyers? Most people remodel their kitchens for their own use and enjoyment rather than resale, Hausman said, but if you’re thinking of selling in the not-too-distant future, “it might be something to consider.”
Kim Palmer • 612-673-4784