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  • 10 Hot Trends in Kitchen Countertops

    Posted Under: Home Buying in Denver, Home Selling in Denver, Design & Decor in Denver  |  December 4, 2012 4:37 PM  |  504 views  |  1 comment
    Are you looking for some exciting ideas to update your kitchen's countertops? If so, check out this informative article by RISMedia!

    While granite and marble remain the most popular choices for kitchen countertops, young homemakers are opting for a surprising number of chic, new countertop choices.These trendy alternatives offer a clean, sleek, sometimes industrial look that suggests heavy duty cooking is going on here, say designers at architectural firm Freshome. The hottest countertop materials available today include:

    Poured concrete Stain resistant when sealed, they are relatively inexpensive and can be tinted to any color. Appearance improves with age, but while the concrete is heat-resistant, the sealer is not. It requires trivets under hot pots and cutting boards for chopping.

    Butcher block - Elegant yet casual and environmentally friendly, butcher block requires monthly sealing and oiling to prevent drying or cracking. Its soft surfaces require cutting boards, but cleanup demands only mild dish detergent and a light cloth or sponge.

    Reclaimed wood Salvaged from older homes, reclaimed wood is attractive, sturdier than newer wood, and saves trees. It requires the same maintenance as butcher block.

    Cork Dense, sturdy and lightweight, cork is a sustainable option with sound-cutting properties. It is resistant to water and heat and has antibacterial properties.

    Stainless steel Elegant, sleek and classy looking, these counters are water, heat and germ resistant. Susceptible to dings and scratches, they show every fingerprint, but maintenance requires only washing and polishing.

    Soapstone A natural stone quarried like granite, soapstone is a softer surface that is sturdy but not impervious to dents and scratches, which may be sanded or oiled away. The color is naturally gray and darkens with age, offering a smooth, matte feel.

    Recycled glass  Like reclaimed wood, this is a greener choice, available in many beautiful colors and patterns. With a life expectancy of 50 years, it is easy to clean and care for. This option is a bit cheaper than granite.

    Pewter Offers a less clinical look than stainless steel, but is softer and susceptible to nicks and dents, although a hammered, antique look can mask damage. This muted, dark silvery color looks good in any kitchen.

    Slate A natural, fine-grained rock, slate is softer than granite but harder than marble. Slate resists bacteria and cleans with soap and water, but is not entirely heat-proof.

    Quartz An extremely scratch-resistant mineral, easy to care for and clean. It needs no sealing and has a long life. It also offers a more unique look than granite.

    Marina Jensen
    Your Denver Realtor
    303 908 9117

    Source:  RISmedia
  • Most Popular Kitchen And Bath Remodeling Trends In 2011

    Posted Under: Home Selling in Denver, Remodel & Renovate in Denver, Design & Decor in Denver  |  December 7, 2011 4:32 PM  |  921 views  |  1 comment

    Are you considering a kitchen or a bath remodeling project for your home?  Do you need some design ideas?  Or are you simply curious to learn about the latest 2011 “hot” trends in kitchen and baths?  Well, I’ve got your answers straight from the designers!

     Traditional style cabinets remained the most popular for kitchen and bath designs in 2011, followed by the Shaker style cabinetry (coming in at a close second).

    Darker cabinet finish accounts for 53% of 2011 remodels, surpassing the distressed finish, which was most popular in 2010.

    Quartz countertops have become more popular in 2011, now second only to granite.

    French door refrigerators remained the most popular choice with homeowners this year, accounting for 78% on 2011 kitchen remodels.

    Cabinet integrated trash compactors and/or recycling pullouts were requested in 89% of 2011 kitchen designs.

    Oil-rubbed bronze, polished chrome and polished nickel all remained popular in 2011.  But satin nickel was the most preferred finish for faucets rising from 41% last year to 63% in the kitchen, and from 45% to 57% in the bathrooms.

    “Green” is not just an environmental trend.  It also happens to be the most popular bathroom color of 2011!  Designers say that it’s due to the fact that green creates a spa-like atmosphere and is soothing and relaxing.

     Contact me to learn more about current remodeling trends if you are planning on updating your home prior to selling it.  Many Denver neighborhoods must have particular remodeling styles to appeal to most buyers, so make sure to check in with a knowledgeable Realtor prior to starting your next project!

    Marina Jensen

    Your 5280 Realtor

    303 908-9117


    Source: Colorado Urban Home Magazina & National Kitchen And Bath Assosiation

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