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What's in, what's out in kitchen design

What’s in, what’s out in kitchen design

Styles have changed since the last time you updated your kitchen. Fussy details have given way to cleaner lines and color schemes have lightened up. What hasn’t changed is the need to plan ahead and to select top-performing products like the ones featured in Consumer Reports’ Kitchen Planning Guide. To help, here’s a cheat sheet to what’s in and what’s out in kitchen design.

Out: Tuscan and country styles
Instead: Contemporary and transitional styles

Out: Traditional cabinets with ornate detail
Instead: European-style frameless cabinets

Out: Countertop microwaves
Instead: Steam ovens

Out: Red, bronze, and terra-cotta color schemes
Instead: Gray, white, and off-white color schemes

Out: Solid surface countertops
Instead: Quartz countertops

Out: Pot fillers and oil-rubbed bronze finishes
Instead: Pullout faucets and polished chrome finishes

Out: Appliance storage compartments, aka “garages”
Instead: Pull-out trash/recycling bins

Out: CFL and incandescent lighting
Instead: LED lighting

—Daniel DiClerico (@dandiclerico on Twitter)

Kitchen Planning Guide

Planning a kitchen remodel? Here’s everything you need to know to get the kitchen you want at a price you can afford including how to hire the right contractor.

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