While everyone has a kitchen space in their home, not everyone has the same personal style and designing interests. However, there are some specific trends that CT kitchen remodeling contractors have noticed over the past year that speak to the nation's kitchen persona overall.

Kitchen Remodel BanquetteFamily Room Feel
Kitchens are increasingly becoming the go-to spot in the house and are being used for more than just cooking. Many homeowners remodel their kitchen to incorporate sitting spaces, like banquettes, or connect the kitchen to another room such as a dining room or family room. This second strategy is done mostly through an arched wall or ledge so that two rooms appear to be one. Additionally, since the kitchen is being exposed to more house guests, home remodelers spend more money on counter tops and islands, hoping to replace a dining room table. Last of all, remodels often include plans to hide the dishwasher and refrigerator by having them blend in with the cabinet's outer appearance, so that the kitchen's style takes center stage.

White Kitchens
The color white has always been versatile, beautiful and most of all timeless. It works with any style kitchen from country cottage to contemporary and traditional. It readily compliments any space, and is extremely easy to work with when decorating. For this reason, you can add a small pop of color in the backsplash, kitchenware or other d'cor.

Technology Everywhere
As with everything these days, people are relying more and more on smartphones and having access to information at anytime. Therefore, remodelers have seen more homeowners purchasing electronics with built-in touch screens or accessorizing their kitchen with electronics rather than d'cor. Examples include wall-mounted televisions, sound systems and refrigerators with an electronic control system.   Additionally, making all appliances wireless gets ride of unsightly cords and maybe leaves an extra outlet for a phone charger or two.

Redefining Traditional Materials
In the past, popular kitchens included features such as granite counter tops and natural oak wood. However, these trends are on their way out. While granite is still a remodeler's favorite material, quartz is quickly starting to inch its way to the top. Quartz counter tops are low-maintenance, have a natural stone-look, and are offered in a variety of colors to match any remodel. Secondly, more remodels are including darker woods in their blueprints as opposed to grey or beige color schemes. Mahogany and bamboo are two of the most popular choices for kitchen remodels. The darker colors give the kitchen a neat and polished look, which makes the home appear more sophisticated.

Personal 'Me' ZonesKitchen Remodel Island
Give your remodeled kitchen a special blast of your personality with an area that allows you to do what you love in your free time. Examples of recent remodels include baking centers (especially with the current cupcake craze!), coffee or espresso bars, wine nooks and pizza stations for a family night. Islands are an especially great place to build these stations because you can store specialty items right underneath the workspace. Some homeowners with a small kitchen worry about taking up too much space, but a rolling cart is an awesome way to get rid of unnecessary clutter when you are not using it.

Go Green
Eco-friendly products are becoming more prevalent in kitchen and home remodels. Homeowners are opting to install products made from sustainable materials, such as recycled-glass counter tops or water-conserving faucets. LED lighting also consume much less electricity and last 10 times as long as regular light bulbs. Energy Star certified appliances will reduce the use of natural resources both in your home and during manufacturing, as well as trim your energy and utility bills each year.

Fiderio & Sons would be happy to assist you with any of your home remodeling needs. Visit our showroom in Meriden or download our FREE Home Remodeling and Addition Checklist!