1. Modern kitchen designs that have a nostalgic twist:
There is a huge re-emergence in kitchen design to bring back old world finishes and blend them with modern technologies. Modern countertops in granite, quartz and other solid surfaces can take on an 'old school' appeal with beveled edges and details that speak to the handcrafted cabinetry construction of years past (many, many, many years past). Kitchen faucets that resemble ‘hand-forged sentiments of early 20th century metalworkers can be found. Check out; Brizo®Artesso™kitchen faucets blend traditional design with industrial chic inspiration’ - gorge!!

2. Commercial-grade kitchen amenities for your home!
While we all love the comfort and intimacy that our home speaks to, some prefer the industrial look + feel of a commercial kitchen.
Blanco sinks features their Quatrus R15 stainless steel sink that offers a revolutionary sleek appeal.

3. Kitchen accessories aren't just 'show pieces'.
For years, kitchen accessories played a subordinate role in function and were instead meant to compliment the sink, faucet or cabinetry style of the kitchen. Today, kitchen companies are realizing that homeowners want form, function, and beauty all wrapped up into one (duh). Accessories such as colanders and cutting boards can now fit seamlessly into the sink to help you drain or cut your favorite vegetables.

4. Organize your kitchen drawers like a mofo.
Drawers are commonly used to separate items like spices and utensils. But did you know you can also use your drawers to store bread in their very own customized bread boxes? There was a big representation of brands such as Poggenpohl’s drawer accessories that included cutlery trays, spice racks, knife blocks, bread drawers and aluminum foil holders, among other things. Instead of organizing just a few items in your kitchen, organize your kitchen drawers around the way you and your family use the kitchen.

5. Lighting your kitchen in eco-friendly ways:
Just like the evolution of your home, lighting plays a huge role in ensuring your kitchen experience is safe, enjoyable, and helpful for all your kitchen activities. While traditional lighting fixtures such as pendants and under cabinet lights aren’t new – the use of eco-friendly LED lighting inside of cabinets, drawers, and below the base cabinets is proving to be more functional to the culinary enthusiast.

6. Decorative tile becomes the showstopper, the wow moment over aesthetics of the appliances:
There used to be a time when you walked into a kitchen and all eyes went to the appliances. While appliances are still a major opportunity to bedazzle people, decorative tile is the perfect design moment to creating a show stopping kitchen. We are loving Anne Saks collection and Mosaico +, supplied by Julian tile. Check it!

7. Buuuudget - saving money in the kitchen is easier than ever.
While we all enjoy splurging on our renovation improvements, saving money on your kitchen renovation is essential. Before you go to the hammer, draw, plan, draw + tweak the plan. Try to keep as many of the mechanical + plumbing locations in their original place ( or very close to ) and this will save you oodles.

8. Filtered water is now available for the home in an attractive way.
A home water filtration has become more important as water becomes a precious resource. Kitchen plumbing manufacturers are finding a way to eliminate the clunky add-on water filter on the outside of your faucet, or under your sink. Check out BROHL’s Filtration featuring Triflow® Technology. This faucet series provides beauty and functionality in one space-saving design. Filtration happens within the faucet itself! Hot, cold, luke warm and filtered - saving you money and most importantly protecting the environment.

9. Affordable countertop surfaces that look luxurious!!
Countertops can be the splurge moment in your kitchen Reno. Today, for there are several kitchen countertop manufacturers that understand homeowners want the look of granite, stone, and marble without the hefty price tag. Formica Corp. has created the 180fx® laminate countertop surfaces. Formica echoes a true 'to scale' granite patterns that look visually dramatic and cannot be matched by any other laminate solution.

10. The biggie:  connecting your personal lifestyle to cooking + all associated kitchen behaviours!
Today, more than ever kitchen manufacturers are realizing the importance of connecting how we all inhabit our homes, the way we use our appliances, the way we prep food and the way appliances, fixtures, and finishes should work together to tap into our senses.
The kitchen is the central hub of our home + should be designed to be its so!


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