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2018 Color Trends for Your Home

Categories: Blog | Posted: January 11, 2018

The new year is here, and it’s bringing a new look in home color trends. Look for colors that boost your spirit with palettes of vibrant color that might remind you of opening that box of 128 crayons.

In 2017, Pantone Color Institute declared “Greenery” as its Color of the Year. The invigorating color aligns with the desire to revitalize ourselves. This year, Pantone is focusing its attention on palettes of colors that reflect different types of energies. Many of these home color combinations feature vibrant shades, which is the direction that will be trending in 2018. “Playful”, for example, blends bright yellow and lime green. “Verdure” takes its cue from nature, with colors like Celery and berry-infused purples.

There’s still room for people who prefer their neutral colors for home décor. But you might find that neutrals are taking on a bit more commitment to color and metallic accents—currently being called “the new neutrals”.

Sherwin Williams has named “Oceanside”—a bold teal shade that the paint company describes as “deep and moody”. Oceanside blends well with the current “mermaids” obsession, but also presents a richness, particularly when paired with a bright white.

House Beautiful’s editor-in-chief Sophie Donelson describes this hue as “a cocoon color”.

“I love a color that’s also a state of mind — that’s what Oceanside feels like to me,” Donelson explains. “We often see similar hues chosen for libraries and studies, because its depth makes it comforting, but also bold and adventurous. It’s like watching a Nature channel deep-sea exploration from the comfort of your sofa!”

Benjamin Moore continues the shift toward bold color by announcing “Caliente” as its 2018 Color of the Year. The vibrant red reflects the royalty of a red-carpet event, “the assured backdrop for a book-lined library, a powerful first impression on a glossy front door The eye can’t help but follow its bold strokes. Harness the vitality,” says Ellen O’Neill of Benjamin Moore & Co.

Behr has jumped into home color trends and announced its first-ever color of the year. “In the Moment” is a soft shade of blue-green that the paint company describes as evoking “a sense of sanctuary and relaxation amid our always-on lives.”

Behr also presents 19 more color trends that range from the neutral “Wabi-Sabi” and “Soft Focus” to the bold “Spirit Warrior” and “Wide Sky” and the deep “Constellation Blue” and “Nocturne Shade”.

What will you do with your home décor in 2018? Do these trends in home colors inspire you?

New Year, New Home: Benefits of Building a New Home

Categories: Blog | Posted: January 3, 2018

 

Is one of your goals this year a new home?

As we ring in 2018 ready to tackle our new resolutions, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about where you see yourself living in the new year. If you’re dreaming of a home with a fresh vision and functional design, then a new home is for you. Read on to see the many benefits of building a new home instead of buying resale.

1. Living the Dream

You’ve worked hard for your dream home—so why live in someone else’s? With a new home, you can choose the home design, style, colors, appliances, upgrades, and more, so you can get everything on your wish list right from the start.

At Tuskes Homes, our state-of-the-art Design Studio makes the sky the limit for your new home. Our Design Consultants will work with you to build a home that matches your taste and budget. (And check out our list of the most popular home designs from 2017!)

2. Location, Location, Location

Love where you live—with a new home, you decide where you live, from the township, to the community, to the specific home site you pick out.

Want your home on a corner? Need a three-car garage? Looking for a backyard big enough for a pool? How about a walk-out basement? Our Community Specialists can show you the benefits of each home site in our communities so that you can choose the land that checks off everything on your wish list.

Our communities are designed to balance personal space with public and recreational areas, ensuring safety, privacy, and fun. Each community offers its own unique set of amenities, such as playgrounds, parks, and walking trails. We build communities in locations that are quiet, yet close to modern conveniences and all that the Lehigh Valley and Northeastern PA has to offer. We can also work with you to build a new home on your own lot anywhere in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas.

3. No Surprises

When you purchase a resale, you may be inheriting some problems that you didn’t expect. Even the most eagle-eyed home inspectors can’t guarantee that you won’t find issues in a resale home, and there’s no telling if the previous owner (or owners) kept up with the maintenance of the home while they lived there.

Just like a new car, a new home eliminates the worry of unexpected problems that may arise when purchasing a resale. Every Tuskes home includes a 12-year builder warranty that helps assure you’ll be taken care of should you have any issues with your new home.

4. Staying “Green”

New homes are built with more energy efficiency than homes that were built five, ten, or twenty years ago. In addition to being environmentally friendly, an energy-efficient home can help you save money on utility bills and maintenance down the road.

5. A Smarter Home

Older homes were not made for today’s technology-fueled lifestyle. Unless you want your home to be Extension Cord Central, consider buying a new home with updated technology that fits your needs. When you build with Tuskes, you can decide where to place your outlets, and what smart home technology you want to wire in your home.

Retrofitting an older home for today’s tech is costly and time-consuming. With recent improvements in technology in roofing, windows, and wiring appliances, a new home is the best way to ensure your home is smarter and more functional for modern-day use.

6. What You Want, When You Want It

A new home doesn’t have to mean a full six-month building process. Tuskes offers homes at every stage of the building process, from just the foundation to move-in ready. This allows you to move in as soon as you choose—whether you’re looking to close immediately, or you want to make a few selections before you move, or you want to design your home from the ground up.

The Tuskes Design Studio is the only one of its kind in the Lehigh Valley, and it’s where most of the fun will take place. Our Design Studio is filled with hundreds of selections of every color, style, and material imaginable. We can show you fun upgrades or just selections within your budget—you’re making some big decisions here, so you’re in charge!

7. Investing in Your Future

In addition to the increased value your new home will have thanks to updated technology and energy efficiency, new homes have a much longer life expectancy than existing homes, giving them a longer period of time to appreciate in value. The high-quality, low-maintenance materials we use when building our homes means that over the years, your new home will continue to hold value without much costly or time-consuming maintenance on your part.

8. A Builder You Can Trust

For three generations, Tuskes has been handcrafting homes for more than 5,000 families in and around the Lehigh Valley and Northeastern PA. We’re committed to exceptional customer service and building high-quality homes. We work with preferred lenders we trust to help make sure your dream home is obtainable, and use only quality building materials that we know are sure to last. We know building a new home can be stressful, but our experienced team of professionals will help you through every step of the way, from design to closing, and for many years after.

Still not sure if a new home is right for you? Ready to check “new home” off your resolutions list? Call or text Martha today at 484-626-1616 to start your new home journey and learn more about our available homes, floorplans, and communities.

It’s a Tie! Announcing 2017’s Most Popular Home Designs from Tuskes

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: December 22, 2017

Color of the Year, Song of the Year, Person of the Year… As we come to a close on 2017, with the strongest housing market in over a decade, what better time to announce the Home of the Year? We put together a list of our best-selling home designs in 2017, and found ourselves with a three-way tie! The top floorplans chosen by our 2017 homeowners were the Alstonthe Meridian, and the Preakness. Read on to learn more about what makes these plans so popular, and check out our prediction for the most popular home design of 2018.

The Alston

Featuring a coveted first-floor owner’s suite, a vaulted great room, and an open-space living area, the Alston blends traditional style with a modern layout. Alston homeowners enjoy the convenience of a garage with storage space and a large space to do laundry in the mud room entrance. There’s an island with an overhang and a walk-in pantry in the kitchen. A breakfast nook adjoins the kitchen to the outside lanai through a French door. The two-story great room has a gas fireplace, and is the centerpiece of this open-concept plan connecting both the kitchen and dining room, perfect for entertaining. The spacious first-floor owner’s suite features a large walk-in closet and private bath. Two additional bedrooms upstairs and plenty of extra storage space rounds this charming single-family home design, which is offered at several of our communities, including two of our newest communities: Northwood Farms in Palmer Township and Stone Harvest Estates in Coopersburg.

The Meridian

Recently awarded the Best Model Home Over $350,000 by the Lehigh Valley Builders Association, it’s no wonder the Meridian made our own list of “bests” this year. A personal Tuskes favorite, the Meridian was introduced in early 2017 with the opening of our Hanover Oaks model home. From the sleek curved staircase, to the partially finished basement (complete with wet baryoga loft, and additional half bath), to the four spacious bedrooms upstairs, the Meridian checks off all the boxes on the new home wishlist. The large owner’s suite features two walk-in closets and two vanities in the private bath. A second-floor laundry room will save you precious time and trips down to the washer and dryer. The brightly lit, open-concept kitchen and great room makes up an ideal space for family time, home-cooked meals, entertaining, or a quiet night of relaxing at home. The Meridian is available at our Hanover Oaks and Stone Harvest Estates communities, as well as on our last remaining home site in Eagles Landing; to schedule a visit to see the Meridian model for yourself, click here.

The Preakness

Favored by our Saratoga Farms homeowners, the Preakness is a stunning 3,700-square foot floorplan with three available exterior elevation styles: Farmhouse, Traditional, and Tuscan. This estate-style home has four bedrooms, with an optional five-bedroom layout in place of the two-story great room. The massive owner’s suite features a large walk-in closet, a dressing area, and a private bath that includes two vanities, a makeup counter, a large tile shower, linen closet, and soaking tub. A second bedroom with a private bath makes the perfect in-law suite or guest room, and a third full bath upstairs connects remaining two bedrooms on the second floor. Two separate staircases connect the first and second floors, where you’ll find the large two-story great roomgourmet cook’s kitchen, study, living room, dining room, and more. Arched doorways give an elegant touch connecting the different areas of the home, while the kitchen has an exciting array of amenities to offer, including room for an optional butler’s pantry or wine bar, a corner pantry, plenty of counter space, a kitchen island with overhang, top-rated stainless steel appliances, and a breakfast nook connecting the kitchen to the great room. The Preakness is only available at our Saratoga Farms community in Lower Nazareth, now in its final phase with over 70 percent of homes already sold.

Our 2018 Prediction

With such a wide variety of home designs to choose from, it’s hard to say what our most popular plan of 2018 will be for sure, but we’re in love with the BellwoodThe Bellwood is modern classic that’s never going out of style. Four bedrooms, tons of closet space, and an expansive open-space great room and kitchen… the Bellwood is the definition of functionality-meets-style.

The Bellwood model is available to see at our closeout Maple Shade community, and, because of its versatility, is offered at all of our Lehigh Valley communities. Wherever you’re looking for a new Lehigh Valley home in 2018, this plan might just be for you.

 

Follow us on FacebookInstagram, or YouTube to see our homes as they are built, to help us welcome new families to our communities, and to be the first to hear about new community announcements. If one of your 2018 goals is a new home, check out our full list of home designs or contact us to discuss which floorplans will work best for your lifestyle!

‘Tis the Season: Top 5 Holiday Happenings in the Lehigh Valley

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: December 13, 2017

We know we’re biased, but there really is no better place to spend the holidays than the Lehigh Valley. Whether you’re in the little, ol’ town of Bethlehem (also known as the one and only “Christmas City USA”), visiting our very own town of Nazareth, or viewing the “spectacular” light displays of Allentown, you can’t avoid the magic of living in the Lehigh Valley during the holiday season.

Here’s a list of some of our favorite events around the Lehigh Valley this December. So bundle up and get ready for some Instagrammable memory-making and holiday cheer!

 

1. 2017 Holiday Train Exhibit

When? Now through December 30th

Where? America on Wheels Museum (5 North Front Street, Allentown)

What is it? Action-packed exhibits full of model trains, cars from the “cast” of the Transformers movies, and unrestored, classic cars in original condition. There’s something for everyone at the America on Wheels Museum this holiday season, and if you visit between now and December 30th, you can donate new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots at the same time. So you can check two things of your list: donating to kids in need, and having some automotive fun with your family as well!

 

2. Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

When? Now through December 31st

Where? Bethlehem Historic District (505 Main Street, Bethlehem)

What is it? Ride through town in style in a horse-drawn carriage that will take you around the beautifully decorated streets and shops in the picturesque Christmas City. And while you’re in town, don’t forget to check out the dozens of other Christmas-themed events, from nativity reenactments to shops with handcrafted holiday gifts.

 

3. Winter Light Spectacular

When? Now through December 31st

Where? Lehigh Valley Zoo (5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville)

What is it? The Lehigh Valley Zoo’s biggest fundraiser of the year is a can’t-miss sight to see! The Winter Light Spectacular features everything from Toy Story lights, to light tunnels, to the Crystal Cave, to the Grinch at Whoville, not to mention Disney Princesses singing live performances, plus special appearances by Woody from Toy Story, Despicable Me‘s funniest Minions, and Olaf, Anna, and Kristof from Frozen. This is a “spectacular” event that you don’t want to miss!

 

4. Chriskindlmarkt

When? Open Thursdays-Sundays now through December 23rd

Where? Bethlehem SteelStacks (711 East First Street, Bethlehem)

What is it? A German-style market featuring 100 different crafters, retailers, and artisans. There are different vendors every weekend, not to mention ice sculptures and glassblowing demonstrations and delicious food vendors to warm you up when you’re done shopping.

 

5. Lights in the Parkway

When? Now through December 31st

Where? Lehigh Parkway (1601 Park Drive, Allentown)

What is it? Cruise through this dazzling display of hundreds of thousands of brilliant lights. You even get to enjoy this holiday spectacular from the comfort of your own car.
So let your holiday spirit fly in the one place on Earth where no one can blame you for singing along to Christmas music day and night! It’s the most wonderful time of year to get outside, meet your neighbors, and see the snow-covered magic that the Lehigh Valley has to offer.

If we missed an event that you think everyone should know about, e-mail MirandaR@TuskesHomes.com and let us know! As you celebrate this holiday season, may your home be filled with love, warmth, and comfort. Happy Holidays from Tuskes Homes!

Understanding home insulation

Categories: Blog | Posted: December 7, 2017

Every homeowner knows that insulating a home is important for comfort and energy efficiency. But it’s equally important to understand how home insulation works so you ensure you’re taking the right steps to effectively prevent the swap of interior and exterior temperatures.

Insulation provides resistance to heat flow. Heat flow is the movement of warm or hot air to cooler air. The flow continues until there is a balance of temperatures. For example, hot air will continue to flow into your home on a hot day until the inside temperature is equal to the outside. On a pleasant spring or fall day, you might open up the windows to take advantage of the ideal temperature. When the weather is more extreme, however, you need to manage the heat flow.

When you buy a new home, insulation is installed to slow down the movement of heat. Now, heat flow moves in three ways:

  • Conduction: Heat moves through a material, like a metal pot absorbing heat.
  • Convection: Heat circulates through liquids and gases, and since hot air is lighter, it rises above cold air.
  • Radiation: Heat travels along a straight path and absorbs energy from anything along that route.

So, your home insulation is installed in any place with exposure to heat flow: exterior walls, around the foundation, and in the roof, to name a few. Without insulation, the heat will move through the walls, floors, and ceilings—up from the basement, down from the attic, and in through the walls, doors, and windows. The goal of insulation is to produce resistant to the natural flow of heat.

R-value: The resistance factor

Home insulation products are rated for their thermal resistance factor, commonly known as R-value. This measurement is determined by the insulation type, thickness, and density. To determine how much home insulation you need, refer to a map that shows the R-value zones, rated on a scale from 1 to 7, with colder climates on the high end. Southern Florida and Hawaii score a 1 rating, while Alaska and northern Minnesota earn a 7.

You probably hear about radiant barriers. This reflective material doesn’t absorb heat, like insulation does. Instead, it reflects the heat. Radiant barriers are commonly installed on roofs to deflect the heat away from the roof (where it can be absorbed and potentially pass into the main part of the home). According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a radiant barrier on a home in a sunny climate (e.g., Zones 1-3) can reduce cooling costs by 5% to 10%.

Retrofitting an existing home with the correct amount of insulation could require a professional, depending on where and what type of insulation you need. New homes incorporate the standards for home insulation. They also improve the comfort and energy efficiency in a new home by installing moisture control and air sealing.

Spend a little time learning about your home’s insulation and you’ll spend much less later on the energy costs.

Tuskes Homes Wins Big at the 27th Annual LV Builders Awards

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: December 5, 2017

The team at Tuskes Homes took home three awards at the 2017 Lehigh Valley Builders Awards on Monday night. Celebrating with the Lehigh Valley Builders Association (LVBA) at historic Hotel Bethlehem, Tuskes Homes won awards for Community of the Year Over 50 Units for its popular Bethlehem-based Hanover Oaks community, Community of the Year Under 50 Units for the luxurious estate-style new home community at Saratoga Farms in Lower Nazareth, and Model Over $350,000 for the brand-new Meridian model home design located at Hanover Oaks.

Both of the winning communities feature numerous amenities and are located in scenic neighborhoods with convenient proximity to the best the Lehigh Valley has to offer. Hanover Oaks, which opened at the end of 2016, has only 17 home sites remaining in the community, while Saratoga Farms is selling in the final phase of the community, with 70 percent of home sites already sold.

The Meridian home design was awarded for its spectacular open-concept floorplan, which features a spacious kitchen with modern amenities and classic white color scheme. The kitchen is a cook’s favorite thanks to the granite countertops, overhanging kitchen island, morning room, breakfast bar, and stainless steel appliances. Leading from the kitchen is a well-lit great room with a gas fireplace. Up the curved wooden staircase, you’ll find three bedrooms and an owner’s suite with a double-door entry and two walk-in closets. Back down in the partially finished basement, this home features a wet bar and entertainment room, finished bathroom, and a yoga loft or meditation room, along with plenty of additional room for storage and utility needs.

Since 1950, the Lehigh Valley Builders Association has represented builders and professionals in the homebuilding industry in Lehigh and Northampton counties. As one of the largest trade associations in the area, the LVBA is the authority for homebuilding in the Lehigh Valley, serving the region through the mission of enhancing industry professionalism standards and promoting its members’ abilities to meet the needs of the community for quality housing. Tuskes Homes is proud to partner with LVBA in providing excellent craftsmanship and customer service to the Greater Lehigh Valley.

 

 

2017 Homeowner Holiday Decorating Contest

Categories: Blog | Posted: November 24, 2017

 

Homeowners, it’s time to turn it up this holiday season!

For the fourth straight year, we are hosting our annual Homeowner Holiday Lights Contest exclusively for Tuskes Homeowners! Join us as we spread joy around our communities and light up the Lehigh Valley and Sand Springs. By sharing photos of your decorated homes with us, you will be entered to win prizes, which will be given to the top three submissions:

  • First Place: Win a $250 Visa gift card!
  • Second Place: Win a $100 Visa gift card!
  • Third Place: Win a $50 Visa gift card!

If you’re already decorating, why not enter to win some great prizes while you’re at it? We are accepting submissions from now until December 31st! Send your submissions to alyssap@tuskeshomes.com, and the winner will be announced on Facebook in January. In your submission, please include your exterior photo, the community you live in, house number, name, and phone number.

And be sure to check out all of the amazing decorations around your community this holiday season!

Thanksgiving in the Lehigh Valley

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: November 21, 2017

 

Of all the things to be thankful for this season, the Lehigh Valley should be right at the top of the list! At Tuskes Homes, we are so grateful to build homes in some of the most amazing communities in the country (though we may be a little biased!). One of the best benefits of living in the Lehigh Valley is the huge array of events there are to attend during this holiday-filled time of year. From 5Ks, to food fights, to football and more, here are Team Tuskes’ favorite Thanksgiving weekend events in the Lehigh Valley.

 

Lehigh Valley Thanksgiving Weekend Events

 

Thanksgiving Food Fight

When? November 24-27

Where? DaVinci Science Center

What is it? If you like to play with your food, but don’t like the clean-up, come to the DaVinci Science Center this Thanksgiving weekend! This is the only place in the Lehigh Valley where you’re allowed to eat AND play with your food. There will be a marshmallow shooting gallery, carrot cannons, flying turkey, and more!

How much is it? $13 per person

 

Turkey Trot 5K

When? Saturday, November 25

Where? Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites

What is it? Work off those Thanksgiving calories with this timely Turkey Trot 5k. Held the Saturday after Thanksgiving, this run is a local favorite held in the picturesque Industrial Quarter of Bethlehem. Don’t forget to dress warm!

How much is it? $45 to compete, $30 for fun

 

Annual Easton-Phillipsburg Football Game and Bonfire

When? November 22-23

Where? Easton Area High School and Lafayette Stadium

What is it? Come celebrate one of the biggest high school rivalries in the world, held right here on the Lehigh Valley border! For over 100 years, Easton and Phillipsburg have gone head-to-head in a Thanksgiving rivalry game that will have you cheering. Visit Easton Area High School on the night before Thanksgiving to see their annual huge, record-breaking bonfire and pep rally. Whether you’re new to the LV or are a long-time local, you can’t miss this Thanksgiving tradition!

How much is it? $10 per ticket for the game, bonfire is FREE

 

Christmas City Tree Lighting Ceremony

When? November 24

Where? 10 East Church Street, Bethlehem, PA

What is it? Mayor Bob Donchez will kick off the Christmas season with Bethlehem’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. There will be live performances, as well as free hot chocolate and cookies. Santa will also be in attendance. And make sure to stop by and support the small, local businesses on Main Street Bethlehem – from Moravian Book Store to the Brew Works, there’s so much to see and do to get in the holiday spirit!

How much is it? FREE

 

Now that you have some great options, we hope you find the best activity for you and your family to enjoy! If you’re new to the area, talking to your neighbors is another great way to discover even more local activities to partake in. There’s always something to do in the Lehigh Valley, and an amazing community of people to do them with!

At this time of Thanksgiving celebration, our thoughts turn gratefully to our families, friends, and customers with warm appreciation. We wish you and your families a happy, safe, and fun Thanksgiving!

Garage organization: De-cluttering and storage tips

Categories: Blog | Posted: November 10, 2017

The garage is probably one of the most preferred stash places in your home. The attic is great, but it can be difficult to access. The basement is good, if you have one, but you might worry about dampness. Or you have a finished basement that’s already full.

Rather than continue to pack and stack boxes and bury items so deep that they are essentially lost, spend some time reorganizing your garage. Take back the space! Here are some de-cluttering and storage tips for garage organization.

  • Start with a blank canvas. Remove all the clutter from the garage. Otherwise, you will be shifting things around, not truly organizing them. Sort things out as you go. Set up bins for “Discard”, “Donate”, and “Keep”. Eliminate all items that really aren’t worthy of valuable space (like your t-shirt collection from the 80s). Will you ever repair that broken thingamajig? Be honest with yourself. If these things are buried in your garage, are they worth keeping? Once the garage is empty, sweep and clean the floor. An empty garage is perfect for cleaning the various stains and repairing cracks. You might even consider painting the floor for a really fresh start.
  • Plan the storage zones. Think about the uses of your garage: tools, car care supplies, seasonal décor and clothing, sports gear, lawn and garden care, and paint/home repair, to name a few. You probably also need an area for your trash and recycling. Once you determine the storage zones, choose the most suitable place for each, based on the frequency of use. Label each area so you know where everything will go, and you can visibly see the flow from zone to zone.
  • Design the storage spaces. Your garage offers many options for creating storage zones. In addition to the walls, you have the overhead area where you can attach hooks and shelves. You can install cabinets and pegboards. Explore the local home centers to get ideas for smart storage systems. Invest in a lockable cabinet to store potentially hazardous items (chemicals, sharp tools).
  • Respect the new and improved space. Place the items from your “Keep” stash in the designated storage zones. Give all household members a tour of the new and improved garage and remind them that your garage storage system must be maintained.

Look at your calendar and schedule a weekend for garage organization. Use the reward of not just having a perfectly organized garage but also finding the treasures that have been long lost in the clutter!

Look ahead at kitchen cabinetry trends for 2018

Categories: Blog | Posted: October 26, 2017

One of the first things people notice when they walk into your kitchen are the cabinets. Your choice is a major factor in both the aesthetics and the function of this all-important room. Before you decide on the kitchen cabinets for your new home or renovation, consider some of the style shifts happening. Here’s a look ahead at kitchen cabinetry trends for 2018.

You can never go wrong with white or light. White, off-white, and light gray continue to dominate kitchen cabinet colors. The brightness these neutral tones bring to your kitchen is unbeatable, and they work with just about any color you want in the room.

Mix and match. You don’t have to choose just one color for your cabinets. Kitchen designers are leaning toward one color for the base and another for the wall, or a complementary color for the island.

Put more behind the doors. Today’s (and tomorrow’s) cabinets are more efficient than their ancestors were. Pull-out drawers and shelves enable more efficient usage. A narrow, vertical cabinet door can hide a sliding spice rack or pull-out holder for trays, cookie sheets, and racks. Deep drawers provide more convenient access to your dishes.

Raise your cabinet standards. You know that gap between the top of your cabinets and the kitchen ceiling where you either display things or stash them? Cabinetry is now reaching to the ceiling, a design trend that gives the perception of a bigger room.

Show-offs. Glass doors on some of your upper cabinets allow you to proudly display your most eye-catching pieces, like crystal, pottery, dishware, and kitchen collectibles.

I know the fridge is here somewhere. If you find the front of your refrigerator or microwave a bit disruptive, you’ll appreciate the trend toward masking them with a door that matches your kitchen cabinets.

Mix in a few shelves. Open, “floating” shelves in a contrasting material—like rustic wood with white cabinetry—and a few less cabinets add an airy feeling to the kitchen.

Unjunk your junk drawers. The kitchen drawers are now featuring dividers and even multiple tiers to make organization easier than ever. Whether you’re separating silverware or the mounds of miscellany, these new and improved kitchen drawers are the clutterbug’s new best friend.

Park your appliance in a cabinet garage. Homeowners want a tidier look to their kitchen, so a place to store your small appliances (toaster, coffee maker, mixer, juicer) out of sight, but not out of reach, is essential.

Accessorize. Kitchen cabinets are being finished with more accents that resemble fine furniture. Decorative corbels, carved feet, moldings, and arches are easy ways to embellish your kitchen’s style.

You spend a lot of time in your kitchen. Why not make it as stylish as every other room in your home?

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