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Design elements are constantly evolving, and certain trends can be here today and gone tomorrow. When selecting elements for your home renovation, we recommend filling your space with those features you will love for many years to come. This week, we’ve compiled a few of our favourite kitchen and dining room trends for 2016.

Deep kitchen drawers

Simply put, deep kitchen drawers equals more storage. Always a good thing, right? We love this trend, but keep in mind, with great kitchen drawers comes great organization responsibilities. It can be tempting to just throw everything into such deep compartments, but that means scrambling and stressing when you need to find that slotted spoon that’s buried at the bottom of the drawer. Dividers and inserts allow you to retrieve with ease and keep everything at your fingertips. If your space features a variety of drawer sizes, save the smaller items for the shallow compartments and use the deeper drawers for larger items, such as mixing bowls and food-fresh containers.

Creative kitchen gadgets

The simple coffee pot and basic microwave just don’t cut it anymore in the kitchen. Homeowners are getting creative and including kitchen accessories that make their culinary experience just a little easier. Things like warming drawers, which ensure a hot meal hits the table once everyone is in place, steam ovens (an alternative to microwaves), and customs such as appliance garages, which conceal appliances when not in use and flips up or pulls out when needed, are all part of the desired modern kitchen.

Workhorse island

An island has long been a coveted feature in the kitchen. But what was once just a countertop slab for cutting and prepping has evolved into a multi-purpose space the whole family can enjoy. Dubbed the “workhorse island,” the island may feature drawers for added storage, a deep prep sink, room for barstools and so much more.

“Formal” dining room

A separate dining space for one to entertain guests used to be a must many moons ago. Kitchen nooks, open concept layouts and home office conversions took over this once essential space. But the formal dining room is making a comeback and is once again an essential for those homeowners who thrive on dinner parties and large family gatherings. Dining rooms are once again held important to design schemes and homeowners are having fun creating a warm and inviting space to break bread amongst friends.

Unique backsplash

No longer viewed as only needed to protect walls from cooking debris, a kitchen backsplash is an important design element and the options are endless. From bright, vibrant hues, to modern, unconventional materials, homeowners are getting creative when selecting the perfect culinary backdrop. Large subway tiles, sleek glass, industrial metals and chic stone are breathing new life into a dated space.

If you have a renovation in your future, consider adding one of these fresh, fun design elements to the plan. For even more inspiration, check out our website at iloverenovations.ca and give us a call at 902-488-5683.

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