Living Space: Kitchen design trends for 2014
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Wild colors are taking a back seat to neutral shades and high-contrast black-and-white kitchens with a neat, timeless look.

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It’s the one room in the house where everyone gathers every day. As the most popular spot in every home, why not make your kitchen the most attractive and inviting room, too? Here are some hot trends in kitchen decor:

The showcase kitchen

Without a doubt, today’s kitchen is much more than a place to prepare food. With the continued emphasis on lifestyle and food, the kitchen is more of a draw than ever. Contemporary design capitalizes on this trend with lots of exciting elements to make the kitchen more of a living space.

Lighting is one important design element. Out are those little glass pendants suspended over an island. In are sizable lighting fixtures that make a splash in the middle of the room. A good example is the drum pendant light fixture now taking center stage in kitchen design centers and magazines. Simply changing your main fixture to one that’s brighter and more prominent may be all it takes to give your kitchen a welcome makeover.

Focus on features

Kitchens continue to be focused on features like sustainability, cooking options and ease…………… continues on News & Observer

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