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How are Millennials Changing Kitchen Design Trends

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How are Millennials Changing Kitchen Design Trends

How are Millennials Changing Kitchen Design Trends

 

Millennials are all grown up, and they consider that owning a home is an inevitable part of living the dream. More than one-third of all homebuyers nowadays are 35 or younger, as reported in the recent study by the National Associations of Realtors. Plus, many Millennials are highly educated with an impressive earning potential. It is not hard to conclude that they are holding a significant part of buying power in real estate market nowadays and as such, drastically shaping how homes should be designed and built.

Concerning kitchen design precisely, Millennials are going into remodelling with an attitude that their kitchen should end up looking as perfect as possible. This is not surprising since we are now living in a research-driven culture. An average Millennial will check out multiple websites before buying shoes, so you can imagine how extensive process of renovating a kitchen can be.

We have collected some of the trends popping up among this young generation of homeowners from the Houzz’s 2017 Kitchen Trends Study and National Kitchen and Bath Association survey. Feel free to sneak peek into a Millennial Kitchens, and see what’s hot, and what’s totally not.

 

Personal, Practical, Spacious

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Personalization is a very in vogue concept these days, and kitchen interiors are not an exception. The mentioned trend has a lot to do with Millennials and their uncontrolled urge to express unique identities. They need their living space to say a lot about who they are. Complete customization is the best way to go here, and an average Millennial will choose it whenever the budget allows something like that.

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Millennials tend to promote minimalism and pragmatism in a larger manner compare to previous generations. They favour the useful over the fancy, which leads us to cleaner, more open kitchen spaces. Furthermore, Millennials are sort of enjoyment-oriented when choosing a design for their homes. Larger, entertain-friendly kitchens are becoming more and more attractive to these young generations of homeowners. Millennials are fond of “fluid” living spaces, rooms that can change and grow if need be. A kitchen should serve as a multi-purpose area and welcome entertainment, social interactions, as well as function as a home office if necessary.

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In this elegant, open kitchen spaces, hardware and cabinets are of a great significance. Millennials want their dishes and appliances to be easy to organise, store and find. Common sense becomes the preference over trendy, inefficient designs. Millennials respect quality and smart design above everything else. They are very well aware that yes, you can have both - stylish and functional.

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This is actually correct since cabinets can now look gorgeous, and yet be manufactured with different pull-out features that enable us transparency and better organisation. Pantry cabinets and kitchen islands are almost a must in a Millennial’s kitchen, considering they appreciate that extra space like crazy.


 

Neutrals, Lights and Quartz

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When it comes to colour, style and materials, Millennials are mostly playing it safe. Namely, they are not keen for another big remodelling project in a few years, so they are focused on longevity above all. Gray was the most favoured wall colour across all generations, but it was above all preferred amongst Millennial homeowners. White is often picked for backsplashes, so more comfortable and informal look is being given to kitchens and dining spaces. Although Millennials gravitate towards that Nordic feel of greys and whites, they do not hesitate to spark things up with accents of bold colours for example. We have all heard about Millennial pink, right?

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Seems like the look, feel and durability are the driving factors for choosing a countertop material, leaving the cost as an aspect slightly on the side. Quartz is supreme by most of the Millennials due to its multi-faceted beauty, longevity and low-maintenance.

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Together with open spaces, strong lights are very trendy at the moment. Younger Millennial renovators are embracing decorative pendant lighting, while older ones opt for more functional under- or in-cabinet lights.  

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Smart is the New Sexy

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Millennials lust that their home supports their tech-driven lifestyle. They are generally willing to spend extra cash on internet-connected systems that can be controlled by mobile devices. Smart appliances, a shelf that pulls down from beneath kitchen cabinets to hold a tablet computer and quality charging stations for mobile devices, and are features ranking high on a Millennial’s kitchen design wishlist.  

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This generation also cares about the environment and doing the right thing. Their consumer choices are highly motivated by a desire to protect their health as well as the planet. So, they look for low-VOC paints, energy efficient appliances, reclaimed wood, and recycled materials. When shopping, they lean towards brands that are actively committed to the environment.

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With Pinterest and Instagram playing such a big part in many Millennial's lives, there is a constant stream of design inspiration passing before their eyes. There is a huge focus on the aesthetic appeal of a home and kitchen design needs to align with this. Millennial home improvers do value internet searches and information from friends and family members more than other age groups. Customer reviews online are very important to Millennials when selecting kitchen products compared to other age brackets. So, pay extra attention to this one if you are a contractor or a designer. 

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Tastes and preferences are varying amongst Millennials, but it is quite clear that they prefer a transitional, personalised design over the super-modern look. Comfort, style and functionality are key elements for this generation, but they are never afraid to be a bit edgy. Millennials are on fire, ready to change the design world, and they are bringing some breath of fresh air, all right!

 

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Interior Remodeling: Learn to Balance Your Renovation Budget Like a Pro

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Interior Remodeling: Learn to Balance Your Renovation Budget Like a Pro

Interior Remodeling: Learn to Balance Your Renovation Budget Like a Pro

 

Almost every household has a part that could use a major revamp. On the other hand, financing a renovation might look like an invasion on one’s savings. So, one often tends to procrastinate the project until water drops from a leaking ceiling woke one up few mornings in a row.

Jokes aside, remodelling is always going to affect your budget - no one can deny that. However, knowing how to manage finances like a pro will play a huge part. The balance is everything: if you splurge here, you need to save there.

While creating a renovation spending plan is a very personal endeavour, getting a big picture perspective from contractors can certainly help. Here’s what experts have to say on when it is better to keep your hands in pockets and when you should feel free to treat yourself.

 


 

Let’s Cover Kitchen  

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The appliances you choose for your household have an enormous job, and the cost of operating them is significant. We are not exaggerating when we say that they are the most important features in your kitchen. In order to save some bucks in the long run, it is crucial to invest in quality, energy-saving devices whenever your budget allows. However, if you need to balance your finances, an excellent solution is to prioritise energy efficiency in appliances that are on all day long (fridges, for example).

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High-caliber drawer and hinge hardware are also worth the extra cash, especially if they carry a lifetime warranty (some hardware brands do). After all, they should stand up to use and abuse on a daily basis. Plus, if hardware looks cheap or dated, the entire place can get a similar vibe. When acquiring for a drawer hardware, aim for the greatest load capacity you can afford. Mark our words - you will thank yourself later.

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Furthermore, countertops should be made of quality material that is easy to clean, carries a good warranty, and is water, heat and stain resistant. Oh, and they deserve to be gorgeous since they are highly visible. Nothing beats a quality stone countertop, so engineered stone and natural granite are quite satisfying options.

 

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Kitchen cabinet handles do not have to carry a big price tag in favour of looking stylish and being of a decent quality. Also, stainless steel is not necessary, unless corrosion is an issue in your area. Zinc aluminium alloy is a much more cost-effective material and can be finished in various ways. Custom cabinets are a perfect choice if you can afford them, but there is no logical reason to go crazy here. They consume more than 75% of your kitchen space, and that is, ladies and gentlemen, saving potential too high to be ignored.

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There is no need for blowing your cash stash on the fronts of new kitchen cabinets either. The most important thing with the cabinets is to ensure that both, cabinet internals and doors are hard-wearing and will defy the marching years. You can later change the cupboard door fronts whenever you desire and can afford it.

Similar, quality and classy tiles can be found on a budget. If you want to add up some luxury, you can use expensive ones in a small area.

 

 

What About Bathroom?

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Do not tighten your belt on bathroom cabinets. On a scale of good, better and the best, choose better option at least. You will be opening those drawers and doors all right, and if they are made of low-cost particle board, they will not last in wet surroundings.

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Once again, countertops can truly make a statement. But these surfaces can genuinely cost you much. So decide whether this will be a focal point of your bathroom. If the answer is yes, splurge on the material here.

Heated floors are becoming more and more popular, and they are a smart solution for a bathroom that has no other heat source. The chances are that you will not regret investing in in-floor heating system.

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Now, ventilation might not be a fancy topic, but it definitely is a necessary one. Namely, when poorly done it has a domino effect. It can cause pervasive mould or mildew all over the place. Today's ventilation fans are quiet, powerful, and efficient. There are quality options out there, and it is essential that you install one. That way you can keep calm knowing that you have made an excellent decision.

 

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Yes, the floor in your bathroom must stand up to water and humidity, while being low-maintenance and slip resistant. Yes, your bathroom flooring is exposed to water daily, and over time it can cause mould and long-term damage. And yes, you could go with expensive bathroom flooring styles and materials. However, this is often not recommended for ROI related reasons. In the majority of cases, porcelain or ceramic tiles in a standard layout are the best bet. These materials are economical, practical and they will not be damaged by water if it comes to a leak.

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Like with kitchen, it is possible to achieve a fun, eye-catching tile design in your bathroom on at a bargain price. Ceramic or porcelain tiles are decent competitors to their pricier alternates, like marble or limestone. It is similar with vanities and tubs too. You can find affordable yet chic models nowadays. When you are not in a situation to splurge - acrylic and fibreglass ones will serve you well.

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Changing plumbing lines can cost you a lot. When planning renovation project, shape the new design around the area where plumbing lines already are. This is a cost-effective approach since you will not have to devalue your bathroom.



 

Living Room and Bedroom, Anyone?

 

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One word, four letters - sofa. A sofa is a workhorse of your living room. Quality often does not come cheap with this and the chances are that you will have to give more money on a good couch. Otherwise, prepare for replacing it in a few years. Fabulous sofa is fantastic, but what lies inside matters the most. Search for the one with quality fabric and foam that holds its shape.

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Equivalently, a bed is the first thing you see when walking into a bedroom, and the bedding you choose sets the pace for the entire space. So, these two are worth splurging on if they will suit your style and be of a high-calibre. While we are here, let us not forget mattress. Out of all the pieces in your home, this one is probably the most splurge-worthy. After all, mattress plays a significant role in your physical comfort, sleep quality and therefore your health and well-being.

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Unlike small ones, large area rugs need to be of a good quality, and that usually means a bit of a splurge. Cheap rugs tend to decay quickly and they definitely do not feel good on bare feet.

Wall paint is relatively inexpensive to begin with, so do not try to save additionally here while sacrificing quality. Shortsighted thinking is not a good attitude when purchasing paint for your home, no matter what the project is. High-quality paint provides a smoother, more-uniform look and it can end up lasting twice as long as a cheap one.

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Finally, you might want to consider a good set of custom window treatments, to ensure the best fit for your space.

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Trends come and go, but knocked out wallet will take a long time to heal. If you desire to have the an in vogue piece in a living room, buy it on Black Friday. There is no need to go into spending frenzy here. Splurge on classics, but save on trends.

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Sure thing, you do need comfortable, supportive and chic pillows. What you do not need is to waste a fortune on them. Plus, this way you can easily switch them out from time to time and give your room a fresh, modern look.

When shopping for furnishings that are meant to be decorative or that will be used lightly, feel free to choose less expensive items. Rest easy, table destined to be jazzy, or eventually hold a magazine and a cup of coffee will not come apart pretty soon.

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Luckily, modernistic lamp or ceiling fixture that adds a wow factor to space is not hard to found at a discount price too. Bear this in mind when searching for them.

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In the end, whatever you do - never ever save on contractors. Hiring cheap ones can actually be a mistake you will pay off for many years to come. If you have found your perfect remodelling company, breaking the budget is totally reasonable. They are about to build some of your dreams, so you might as well pay them in the same manner.

 

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