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Kitchen Trends with Featured Designer, Marco of Creative Concepts by Marco
Kitchen Trends with Featured Designer, Marco of Creative Concepts by Marco

Thursday, September 11, 2014
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The kitchen is one of the focal points of any home. Whether you are a chef or not, the kitchen is most commonly a place of congregation, even from primitive times of a campfire, where your guests and family come together. Kitchens in homes and condominiums can often be a selling point for a property for sale and there are a number of upgrades that are increasingly popular in kitchen remodels in Fort Lauderdale Real Estate. My preferred kitchen designer is Marco Laterreur, of Creative Concepts by Marco, and has his pulse on these trends. Below are some of my favorite of his designs and items that my buyers and sellers gravitate towards. For your next remodel or to schedule a consultation, please call Marco at 786-586-8760 or visit his website at www.creativeconceptsbymarco.com.

1.      The Standout Backsplash: Fort Lauderdale condominiums are increasingly minimal in design, however the sleek kitchen can be a bit cold without a great backsplash. From interesting tile work to mosaics the backsplash can be personal and add depth and warmth to a predominately stainless steel kitchen. Also popular are backsplashes with different textures.

2.      Stainless Standard: It is an industry standard in real estate and design for stainless steel to be the preference of choice in appliances for the kitchen. Additionally, clients prefer built-in models that are seamlessly integrated into the cabinet design, especially in condominiums where space is more limited.

3.      Lighten Up: The lighting in a kitchen has come a very long way from a ceiling fan with a bulb underneath, today’s lighting trends light backsplashes as if lighting pieces of art and illuminate from beneath the cabinetry to add an appealing ambiance to the cooking and cleaning that occur under their beam. Another of the very popular and chic trends are having specialty hanging lighting over kitchen islands. These add a soft glow and are often works of art in themselves that are easily displayed in a kitchen and a conversation piece.

4.      Quartz Appeal: Although Granite has been one of the most popular kitchen countertop options in recent years, it’s not the only surface that is trending now. Quartz (man-made engineered stone countertops) has become the most popular alternative to granite and provides a safer area for food preparation. Quartz countertops are man-made engineered stone formed by combining 90% ground quartz (a natural hard mineral) with 8-10% resins, polymers, and pigments. This forms a very hard granite-like surface. The appearance depends on how the quartz is ground: coarsely ground quartz produces a flecked appearance, while finely ground quartz produces a smooth look. Extremely hard and durable; glossy sheen; non-porous and stain-and-crack resistant; does not require sealing or resealing; wide range of colors; and easy to clean with mild soap, water, and a soft cloth.

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