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the opening and create more room.
Another creative way to add the illusion
of space would be to replace the typical
linen closet with glass-front cabinets.
The use of contrasting
colors for the perimeter
cabinets and the island
continues to be a trend
in kitchen design.
Dramatic glass tiles
add to the kitchen's
durable than granite, and since it's
nonporous, they won't have to worry
about staining it, like marble.
For the bathroom, consider the fixtures
you are using. While white is currently
the most popular option, brushed brass
and gold are growing in popularity, as
are designer faucet colors. If that's too
bold for your client, suggest simple
splashes of color. A bright storage
cabinet in the bathroom or a colorful
backsplash in the kitchen really pop.
Naturally, a backsplash can have a
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significant impact on the overall look
of a kitchen or bath. With so many
beautiful options available, your client
may appreciate your help in determining
their desired look. If they aren't into
color, suggest using stainless steel or a
tinted glass to give the effect of a mirror.
This will open up the space, making it
A white color palette, plenty of natural
sunlight, and mirrors can enlarge a tight
space. Adding a barn door where there
was once a traditional door can widen
Yet another trend is embracing the inner
minimalist. Kitchen islands and countertops can be a magnet for everything and
anything that doesn't make it back to
its proper place. If this tends to happen
in your client's home, suggest adding a
command center or a designated storage
area for certain items. Ditching door
hardware for touch-activated latches
on cabinets or installing shelves instead
of upper cabinets are other ways of
incorporating minimalism into a kitchen
or bath design.
Of course, while clients want these
spaces to be beautiful, they need to be
functional. Having a clear picture of their
needs will help narrow down the options
to offer. Roll-out and pull-out drawers
and under-cabinet LED lighting, along
with internet-connected appliances and
docking stations, are all popular kitchen
features. For the bathroom, consider
comfort height toilets and vanities,
lighting and music in showers, and
radiant floor heating. Easy maintenance
A white-on-white design palette provides a
host of opportunities for adding pops of color.