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Kitchens have long been the center of our homes and are never more so when holidays approach.  Since so much of our time is spent in our kitchens, it’s natural that when considering remodeling or redecorating this space, you would want your decor to be comforting and satisfying – just like a great meal.  It’s also important to be sure that your newly redecorated kitchen is not only functional, but reflects your design preferences and personality.

Hot trends in today’s kitchens?  Varying cabinet heights for more visual interest, and mixing and matching wood tones for more color contrast.

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Picking a great color plan is also important.  Color choices are dictated by many factors: lighting, space and the “given’s in your room – flooring, appliances, cabinets, counter tops.  If you really want a drastic change and your color choices don’t blend with your “givens” consider changing what you can now, and replace other items over time.

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Window treatments for the kitchen are wide and varied in style.  In fact, more and more homeowners are opting for uniquely designed fabric top treatments, usually placed over a privacy treatment like wood blinds, cellular shades or pleated shades.   Kitchen window treatments don’t have to be 100% utilitarian.  Decorative side panels, swags and jabot treatments do have their place in the kitchen.  Sometimes a simple scalloped valance with a few well placed embellishments can be just enough to add pizzazz to a ho-hum room.

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So have fun with your kitchen!  Just remember, be sure to let your cooking personality, design style and color preferences shine through.

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