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7 Kitchen Remodeling Tips & Trends for Your Albany Upstate NY Home

It’s time to make that charming upstate home yours, and the first place to start is the kitchen!

There are many things to consider when remodeling your kitchen. Most people focus on the esthetics of their new kitchen; colors, style, materials, etc. However, in doing so they forget the important aspects of their new kitchen: design and functionality.

Here are 7 simple remodeling tips & trends to keep in mind when remodeling your kitchen that will help you make your new kitchen both beautiful and practical:

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Need Workspace? Kitchen Redesign with Counterspace in Mind

When your kitchen is full of cooking, entertaining, studying and family activities, there can never be too much counterspace! If you’re thinking about redesigning your kitchen to add this much-needed countertop area, there are a few strategies you can employ to achieve the best end result!

Here are a few ways to approach kitchen redesign with counterspace in mind!

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How to Create a Natural Kitchen Design All Your Own

The kitchen is the pivotal gathering place in most homes. We start the day with nourishment and meaningful conversation in the kitchen….and we reconnect at the end of a busy day in the kitchen, too. Kitchens have become much larger spaces, opening into the family room for entertainment value. But unfortunately, we’ve lost the natural kitchen designs we fondly recall from our grandmother’s homes.

In our efforts to streamline the preparation of meals and create more efficiency in the kitchen has led to the creation of more clinical, cold spaces. This is largely due to the surfaces. These days stainless steel, marble and tile are the dominant materials. White, gray and neutral tones have become the color palette.

To bring more warmth back into your design, you must learn to think of your kitchen in a more holistic context.

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5 Kitchen Color Trends for 2018

Kitchens are more than places to prepare meals - they are the center of the home's social gatherings, game nights, work stations, and more! Rooms that serve so many important functions deserve a beautiful look that's updated regularly to keep things fresh. And the start of a brand new year is the perfect time to reinvent your kitchen's style and choose from some of the hottest color trends for the upcoming year!

This year big, warm colors are taking center stage. A deep and vibrant red named "Caliente AF-290" won the honor of Benjamin Moore's 2018 Color of the Year. They also created a palette of dusty roses, soft beiges, pale grays and greens to compliment the big red star of the show. Meanwhile, Pantone Color of the Year 2018 was awarded to "18-3838 Ultra Violet," which they describe as a "dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade." If these bold colors of the year are any indication, 2018 is sure to be a year of outside-the-box color schemes and bright, daring accents!

Even if you aren’t planning on completely remodeling your kitchen, here are 5 kitchen color trends for 2018 that will help reinvent your kitchen in 2018.

1. Dark is Still In

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Creating a Kitchen that Works for You

The kitchen is the heart of most homes.

It’s where we spend much of our time every day, and when you host gatherings, it’s often the center of your family and social events. That’s why it’s important to design your kitchen with your family’s particular needs in mind. You want a kitchen that works for you -- not against you!

There’s nothing worse than having to “get by” with a badly organized kitchen. It’s frustrating, time-consuming, and a complete hassle. Instead of cooking, entertaining or prepping meals, you waste a lot of energy simply trying to find things or make the space function well for you.

Even if you don’t have the budget for a complete floor to ceiling remodel, there are many cost-effective ways to help you make the most of the kitchen space and layout you already have:

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Maximize Your Kitchen This Holiday Season

Once November arrives, the kitchen often transforms into the busiest room in the entire house! While the holidays are one of the most wonderful times of the year, filled with family, fun and festivities, it can also be one of the most stressful. Especially if you are planning, preparing and executing the meals.

Having a neat, organized kitchen goes a long way towards keeping you sane when the holiday rush is on. Even if you have a smaller kitchen space, there are a few ways to maximize the space to its full potential.

Here are some great ways to maximize your kitchen this holiday season:

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