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       By Elizabeth Cunningham Herring




      designers dish:
      what’s hot and what’s not in today’s kitchens
                                                                                        the pros
                                                                                         Lou CastaLdo
                                                                                         Hi-LigHt Decorating,
                                                                                         Yonkers

                                                                                         MeL eLion
                                                                                         BiLotta KitcHens,
                                                                                         Mamaroneck

                                                                                         Carina Farber
                                                                                         KitcHen Design BY
                                                                                         cHoice, Pelham Manor

                                                                                         ryan Ko
                                                                                         toDaY’s KitcHen, Hartsdale
                                                                                         and stamford, connecticut

                                                                                         anthony MauCieri
                                                                                         east HiLL caBinetrY,
                                                                                         Briarcliff Manor

                                                                                         daLe MitCheLL
                                                                                         antique & Vintage WooDs
                                                                                         of aMerica, Pine Plains,
                                                                                         new York

                                                                                         GLenn MuLLer
                                                                                         KitcHen soLutions,
                                                                                         Bronx, new York

                                                                                         saM owen
                                                                                         garth custom Kitchens,
                                                                                         scarsdale

                                                                                         Christopher peaCoCK
                                                                                         cHristoPHer PeacocK
                                                                                         caBinetrY, greenwich,
                                                                                         connecticut

                                                                                         Lynda saraCeni
                                                                                         KitcHens BY Deane,
                                                                                         new canaan, connecticut

                                                                                         rob stonbeLy




     T
                                                                                         KitcHen & BatH source,
                                                                                         White Plains

                                                                                         ZeLjKo (jerry) toMiC
          he showcase of any modern home, today’s kitchen has to be more than            toP DraWer custoM
         simply functional; it’s got to be fabulous. If a redo is on your to-do list,    caBinetrY, new rochelle
         go for products, layouts, and trends that have staying power. We asked
         local kitchen pros to share tips on trends to embrace and what to avoid,        GreG weiss
                                                                                         JiLco, granite springs
         as well as provide predictions on what will still be hot tomorrow and
         what’s likely to go the way of avocado laminate. Here’s what they say.



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                                                                                                        Furniture
                                                                                                        Fashion
                                                                                                        Whether traditional or
                                                                                                        contemporary, cabine-
                                                                                                        try with a furniture feel
                                                                                                        is gaining in popular-
                                                                                                        ity. (this page: kitchen
                                                                                                        designed by clive
                                                                                                        christian greenwich,
                                                                                                        greenwich,
                                                                                                        connecticut)

                                                                                                        open season
                                                                                                        (PreVious Page)
                                                                                                        this rye kitchen was
                                                                                                        designed with an open
                                                                                                        layout, creating space
                                                                                                        for several cooks and
                                                                                                        elegant entertain-
                                                                                                        ing. (shown: kitchen
                                                                                                        designed by Laura
                                                                                                        sperandio, Bilotta
                                                                                                        Kitchens, Mamaroneck)
cabinetry



                             WHat’s Hot                                      Fitted and accessorized interiors
                                                                           maximize every inch of space. Appliance
                                                                           garages and carousel shelves in a variety of
                             Breaking the Mold                             sizes are used to make use of dead corner
                                                                           space. Tambour doors, which hide appliances
                             According to the National Kitchen and Bath
                                                                           such as blenders and food processors, often
                             Association (NKBA), cabinetry eats up about
                                                                           are equipped with dividers and electrical
                             40 percent of most overall kitchen remodel-
                                                                           outlets so small appliances can be used right
                             ing budgets, so do your homework. Today,
                                                                           where they’re stored. “Function is playing
                             creativity reigns. “Years ago, you would
                                                                           a major role in design,” says Rob Stonbely,
                             have a series of 15-inch-wide cabinet doors
                                                                           owner of Kitchen & Bath Source in White
                             throughout the kitchen,” notes Mel Elion,
                                                                           Plains. “The ability to access the contents of a
                             a senior designer with Bilotta Kitchens
                                                                           cabinet is key.”
                             in Mamaroneck. “Now, people are look-
                                                                               Built-in pantries with slide-out draw-
                             ing for something fresh and unexpected.”
                                                                           ers keep all ingredients accessible (no more
                             Custom and semi-custom cabinets come in
                                                                           reaching into dark corners to find a can of
                             an endless variety of shapes and sizes.
                                                                           soup); and slide-out trays and racks put
                             “Manufacturers are thinking outside the
                                                                           everything within easy reach. “No one wants
                             traditional cabinet box, and they’re offer-
                                                                           stationary shelves anymore,” says Anthony
                             ing loads of options,” says Lynda Saraceni,
                                                                           Maucieri, owner of East Hill Cabinetry
                             a designer with Kitchens by Deane’s New
                                                                           in Briarcliff Manor. And drawers and
                             Canaan, Connecticut showroom.

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shelves designed for specific purposes                 The designers indicate that while painted
are commonplace. From spice drawers to              cabinetry is still a big player, it tends to be
plate racks and tall, thin compartments for         less monochromatic. So while a kitchen’s
pans and cookie sheets (much better than            perimeter cabinetry will be painted a shade
storing them in the oven) to notched knife          of white or cream, the island might be done
drawers, cabinet manufacturers have thought         up in a more vivid shade to serve as contrast.
of everything to create a clutter-free cooking      Often seen are deeply stained woods, rich
environment.                                        reds, and pine or sage greens.


Furniture Fashion                                   Nice and Easy Hardware
Whether the look is traditional or contempo-        Designers agree that one of the simplest—
rary, there’s an overall trend for the kitchen to   and most economical—ways to improve
look like anything but, well, a kitchen, accord-    your kitchen is to update your cabinet hard-
ing to designers. For more traditional spaces,      ware. Replacing traditional brass knobs with
there are furniture-style pieces that evoke         matte pewter handles can instantly revive a
a look more reminiscent of an English library       dated kitchen. “The hardware is the jewelry
than a kitchen. Fluted pilasters, corbels, mold-    of the kitchen,” says Christopher Peacock,
ings, and footed cabinets that mimic stand-         the high-end designer whose eponymous
alone furniture pieces are all the rage. While      cabinet company is based in Greenwich,
this look has been popular for the past few         Connecticut. He notes that there’s been an
years, what’s new is that they are becoming         emphasis recently on more minimalist,
bigger, bolder, and simpler. “People are            clean, and simple styles.
moving toward a more transitional look,”
says Maucieri. “They don’t want anything
too fancy. They’re looking for a cleaner, more
modern feel.” Homeowners are beginning
to eschew traditional kitchen woods such as
cherry and maple for mahogany and wal-
nut, which in the past have been reserved for
more formal living and dining rooms. exotic
woods such as reconstituted oak, bamboo,
and mesquite, are also gaining in favor.
    According to Elion, the 18-inch cabinet
above stacked wall cabinets is still very
much in demand. “It creates a visual geo-
metric pattern,” Elion notes. “It also is a
good use of space. The top cabinets often
feature glass and are lit for display.”


                 WHat’s not
Overly Ornate
the heyday of complicated, ornate cabinetry
is over, according to designers. “that overly
elaborate look with the heavy moldings and
acanthus inlays is done,” says rob stonbely.
not only does that kind of old World-style
cabinetry clash with the clean, streamlined,
“uncluttered,” aesthetic so popular today,             Function key
most designers consider it a poor choice for           today’s kitchens have sliding
the kitchen because the ornate details are             drawers, pantries, and shelves
magnets for grease and dust.                           for just about every purpose.
                                                       (shown here: spice rack
                                                       designed by east Hill cabinetry,
                                                       Briarcliff Manor)
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                          WHat’s Hot                                     halogen lights to bake, broil, roast, and grill
                                                                          foods at lightning speed.
                          Lean, Green, Efficient                              Another favorite of the pros is the induc-
                                                                          tion cooktop, which uses electromagnetic
                          Machines                                        energy to transfer heat directly to pots and
                          They have beauty and brains. They’re space      pans. “The surface is only hot when the con-
                          efficient, fitting right where you need them    nection is made to the pot,” Elion explains.
                          and, pound for pound, pack maximum capa-        “No fuel is wasted and you don’t end up
                          bility. They’re smart, with space-age timers,   heating your entire kitchen.” Induction heat
                          built-in digital recipes, and on/off switches   also cooks 50 percent faster than conven-
                          that can be operated remotely from Tokyo.       tional methods (you can make a cup of tea in
                          Not only do today’s hottest appliances look     90 seconds!), offers effortless clean-up since
                          good, say the experts, they are good.           its surface is cool and flat, allows instant
                              Where to invest for tomorrow’s kitchen?     temperature adjustment, and—an aesthetic
                          The designers we spoke to thought the           plus—just looks so super sleek.
                          new speed-cook ovens have real stay-                The pros also suggest investing in
                          ing power. (After all, who wouldn’t want        energy star-qualified appliances, which
appliances

                          to roast a chicken in 20 minutes?) “They’re     meet strict government guidelines by using
                          quick, easy, and energy-efficient, so there’s   10 to 50 percent less energy and water than
                          absolutely no down side,” says Peacock. The     standard models. Switching to an Energy
                          ovens use a combination of microwaves and       Star-rated dishwasher or fridge can save you

                             talking turkEy
                             combining the power of an
                             oven with the convenience of a
                             microwave, the Whirlpool gold
                             Velos speedcook oven ($899)
                             can get a turkey on the table in
                             nearly half the time.




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  enjoy a coffee bar
  that’s open 24/7.
  Miele’s built-in coffee
  system ($2,699) offers
  a choice between
  freshly ground whole-
  bean coffee or its own
  nespresso capsule
  coffee system.




$75 a year in energy costs alone (something         To accommodate appliances, shelves
to take into account when making the initial     and cabinets often are fitted with spe-
purchase, since these green machines tend to     cial compartments and electrical out-
be a bit more expensive up front).               lets. You can hide your Krups coffee pot
                                                 behind your cabinet door or, better yet, have
                                                 a Miele coffee system built in the way you
                                                 do a microwave—a hot (though pricy) trend
Out-of-Sight Products                            right now.
Once upon a time, every kitchen featured a
bulky microwave on its counter. In the near
future, you may need to send out a search
party to find the microwave—or any appli-                           WHat’s not
ance for that matter. For years, the trend in
high-end kitchen design has been to fit appli-
ances with custom panels so they blend
                                                    Appliance Overload
seamlessly with the surrounding cabinetry.          it’s easy to be seduced by all of the fabu-
    Today, innovations in integrated-appli-         lous offerings on the market. But, according
                                                    to the pros, don’t use appliances solely as
ance design and technology make it pos-             a kitchen accessory; buy what you’ll use.
sible for them to virtually disappear into the      the trick, say designers, is to take a good,
woodwork. Appliance designers are “giving           hard look at how you use your kitchen
                                                    and invest in appliances and other equip-
a lot more thought as to how we actually            ment that will be functional in the future.
use the appliances,” notes Saraceni. “For           “People need to examine the way they
example, Smeg USA just came out with a              really live, not how they want to live,” sug-
                                                    gests Peacock. “after all, a leopard never
36-inch horizontal dishwasher. It doesn’t           changes its spots.”
require as much room to open, so it’s perfect
for cramped spaces. It can even fit under a
cooktop.”

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                            appliance drawers also are making             whether they like to cook or not—like the
                        a splash—and      they’re no longer reserved      look of a commercial kitchen,” says Zeljko
                        just for the fridge. Whether it’s a dishwasher,   (Jerry) Tomic, owner of Top Drawer Custom
                        microwave, or warming drawer, they look           Cabinetry in New Rochelle. “They opt for pro-
                        great and boast an ergonomic benefit, as          fessional-grade stainless-steel appliances from
                        well. “It’s so much more convenient to have       manufacturers like Wolf and Viking.”
                        your microwave tucked away under a coun-              While stainless steel may be a classic
                        ter,” says Sam Owen, owner of Garth Custom        choice, there’s an emerging market for hip,
                        Kitchens in Scarsdale. “No more bending, no       vintage-looking appliances in a wide
                        more reaching,” he says, making it easier for     range of colors,    such as Aga’s colorful cast-
                        tykes, seniors, and anyone in between who         iron ranges or Elmira’s 1950s retro refrigerator
                        aches when they reach.                            in cherry red or robin’s-egg blue. It may not
                                                                          be for everyone and, according to the experts,
                                                                          it may not be a wise choice if you’re planning
                        Show Off                                          to put your house on the market in the near
                        While some people may prefer to hide their        future, but there’s no doubt that these unique
                        equipment, others want to do just the oppo-       pieces add punch, pizzazz, and personality.
                        site, making top-of-the-line appliances           There are some great retro looks from Aga
                        a kitchen focal point. If you’re going to         (aga-ranges.com), Heartland Appliances
                        plunk down a hefty sum on a Thermador             (heartlandapp.com), Elmira Stove Works
                        range or Sub-Zero fridge you can’t be blamed      (elmirastoveworks.com), and Big Chill Retro
                        for wanting to show it off. “A lot of people—     Appliance (bigchillfridge.com).




                                                                                           nEEd for spEEd
                                                                                           With nearly seamless
                                                                                           cooking elements, ge
                                                                                           Profile’s sleek 36-inch
                                                                                           induction cooktop
                                                                                           ($2,499) boils faster
                                                                                           than either gas or elec-
                                                                                           tric cooktops and is a
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                                                                                                       stEEl tiCkEt
                                                                                                        unusual materials,
                                                                                                         such as stainless
                                                                                                          steel, are finding
                                                                                                             their way onto
                                                                                                               countertops.
                                                                                                       (shown here: frigo
                                                                                                        Designs stainless-
                                                                                                          steel countertop,
                                                                                                        starting at $90 per
                                                                                                               square foot)
countertops
                                                                               baking area,” Carina Farber, owner of Kitchen
                          WHat’s Hot                                          Design by Choice in Pelham Manor. Not only
                                                                               does mixing up the surfaces improve functional-
                                                                               ity, it also creates visual interest. Unusual (often
                          Classic Stone                                        more costly) materials are installed in smaller
                          Other materials may come and go, but stone is        quantities to highlight one section of the kitchen,
                          the Mount Rushmore of countertop materials.          such as topping an island with a pricey antique
                          Ask any realtor worth his salt and he or she will    copper countertop or, for a more cutting-edge
                          tell you that nothing adds value to a house like     contemporary look, a recycled glass countertop
                          a granite countertop. The hot look right now is      infused with LED lights.
                          honed rather than polished stone. “People
                          can’t get away fast enough from the shiny, pol-                          WHat’s not
                          ished look of the ’80s,” Tomic says.
                              Designers also point to marble for its                Laminates
                          timeless beauty,     although they use it more
                                                                                    though it’s inexpensive, needs little main-
                          sparingly due to its softer, more porous nature,          tenance, and comes in a greater range of
                          which makes it less stain-resistant than granite.         colors and patterns than ever before, plas-
                          But some pros feel that the concerns are over-            tic laminate never will have the cachet of
                                                                                    stone. Designers—and realtors—agree that
                          stated. “Marble has a bad rap that has been               when you’re investing serious money in a
                          blown way out of proportion,” says Peacock,               kitchen redesign, don’t skimp on something
                          whose signature kitchens often incorporate the            as important as the countertop.

                          gorgeous stone. “I live with marble in my own
                          kitchen and it’s great. It has character, looks
                          beautiful, and isn’t at all impractical.” As with
                          granite, Peacock suggests leaving the marble         Manmade Materials
                          unpolished. concrete counters featuring
                                                                               Composed of 93 percent quartz particles, engi-
                          recyled glass, paper, or unusual materi-
                                                                               neered stone has a nonporous scratch-resistant
                          als (such as seashells) also are fast becoming a
                                                                               surface and is available in an incredible variety
                          popular green choice.
                                                                               of colors and textures. “Manmade materials such
                                                                               as CaesarStone and Silestone are very hot,”
                                                                               says Elion. “When you choose manmade materi-
                          Mixing it Up                                         als, you have a lot more control; right away you
                          There are so many different countertops avail-       know what the pattern will be.” In February
                          able today, it’s tough to choose just one. So        of 2008, CaesarStone started offering a lifetime
                          don’t. Designers posit that one of the biggest       warranty—giving you the confidence to cook
                          trends today is to mix-and-match materials.          away without concern.
                          “Let the area’s function dictate which type to           The designers point to the popularity of
                          use where, such as stainless-steel by the cooktop    IceStone, which is a mix of recycled glass—from
                          since it handles heat well, butcher block on an      wine bottles to traffic lights—with concrete. Not
                          island because it’s ideal for chopping vegetables,   only is it exquisite, IceStone is hard, heat-resis-
                          and a cool, soft surface such as granite in your     tant, and environmentally friendly.

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                                                                                out in tHE opEn
                                                                                this open-layout Metropolitan kitchen by
                                                                                smallbone of Devizes was designed with
                                                                                room for tall cupboards, pull-out storage,
                                                                                deep stainless-steel pan drawers, and space
                                                                                for the family’s vast collection of cookbooks.


                                                                                bills, check email, and read the New York Times
                        WHat’s Hot                                             online (the next trend may be the demise of
                                                                                the comfortable reading chair). Designers are
                                                                                responding to the trend by incorporating more
                        Open Season                                             power outlets—often cleverly disguised by
                        The kitchen has morphed into the “great room”:          grommets—into cabinets and breakfast bars and
                        open spaces and open layouts rule the roost. And        creating storage areas to accommodate digital
                        why not? An open layout is family friendly and          accessories such as phone chargers, PDAs, lap-
                        ideal for entertaining, and the walls are coming        tops, and iPods. “The kitchen has become the
                        down. As a result, the view into the kitchen has        place where everyone lives, where cooking is
                        become as important as the view out of it, intensify-   just one of many functions,” Peacock notes.
                        ing efforts to make the kitchen a showpiece.                As such, a variety of seating is critical.
                            To accommodate its many functions, the              “We’re putting in a lot of banquettes and break-
                        kitchen is growing and closed-off spaces are being      fast bars to supplement the kitchen table,”
layout



                        eliminated. “An open kitchen is a lot more user-        Maucieri says of these very good options for
                        friendly than a small kitchen attached to a formal      smaller kitchens. Many booths are equipped
                        dining room,” says Tomic. “It’s just a much more        with built-in storage, another bonus for those
                        efficient use of space.”                                trying to save on space.
                            “I’ve seen the kitchen transform from a small
                        working space to the social hub of the house,”
                        reports Greg Weiss, manager of the kitchen divi-                                 WHat’s not
                        sion for Jilco in Granite Springs. “With all of the
                        appliance and cabinetry upgrades and the huge              Single Work Triangles
                        investment put into kitchens, they have become             the old notion of the classic work triangle—
                        the center of the house. The person cooking is no          defined by the range, sink, and refrigerator—has
                        longer segregated; preparing meals has become a            been adapted for the modern age. With cooking
                                                                                   elevated to a high art form, there’s often more
                        family operation.”                                         than one cook fighting for counter space. the
                                                                                   solution? instead of a single triangle, designers
                                                                                   are creating two or more work zones, each of
                        A Moveable Feast                                           which is designated for a specific purpose such
                                                                                   as rolling dough or chopping vegetables. “that
                        In today’s kitchen, you’ll find everything                 old classic work triangle was built for my grand-
                        (including the kitchen sink). Not only do people           mother, a single cook working in a relatively small
                                                                                   space,” says Maucieri.
                        cook and entertain there, they socialize, pay


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colors                    WHat’s Hot 

                          Whites and Brights
                          A crisp, clean white kitchen is as classic as
                                                                               And that’s the twist. According to the
                                                                           experts, kitchens today tend to be less
                                                                           monochromatic. “A lot of people are opt-
                                                                           ing for an all-white kitchen but incorporate
                                                                           accent colors, not only in the cabinetry but
                          a Brooks Brothers shirt. The pros agree that     even in the appliances, many of which are
                          other colors come and go but white will          now available in a wide range of shades,”
                          never go out of style. White too bright for      Saraceni reports. Many designers suggest
                          you? Homeowners looking for a light neu-         offsetting the more neutral color schemes
                          tral deem cream a viable alternative. “About     with a contrasting shade, whether that’s
                          half of the kitchens we do are white—from        a dark chocolate wood floor or stainless-
                          bright white to creamy whites with glazes,”      steel appliances. Often, bolder choices are
                          Weiss says. “We’re also seeing a lot of combi-   reserved for the island, where you can
                          nations, such as an island in cherry with the    use more exotic costly materials to create
                          rest of the kitchen in a creamy white.”          visual impact.


                                                                           mix and matCH clean white kitchens are
                                                                           hotter than ever, especially when paired with
                                                                           islands of rich wood or paint finishes in a vari-
                                                                           ety of colors. (shown here: kitchen designed by
                                                                           Kitchens by Deane in stamford and new canaan,
                                                                           connecticut)




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  Deep, rich brown is a popular
  choice for both modern and
  traditional cabinetry. (shown




                                                                                       flooring
  here: kitchen by Poggenpohl)




                                                                                        WHat’s Hot 

                                                                                        Into the Woods
                                                                                        Natural looks still rule, so it’s hardly
                                                                                        surprising that wood flooring still reigns
                                                                                        supreme. “There’s more of a demand
                                                                                        for reclaimed wood flooring, particu-
                                                                                        larly with a subtle grain,” says Ryan Ko,
                                                                                        owner of Today’s Kitchen in Hartsdale
                 The New Black                                                          and Stamford, Connecticut. Since the
                 A black kitchen makes a daring statement, but most designers           trend is toward open floor plans and for
                 suggest using black as an accent color rather than turning             the kitchen to flow into the rest of the
                 your kitchen into the Bat Cave. Tomic adds that distressed, heavily    home, wood flooring gives the space a
                 glazed, greenish-black cabinets are piquing interest right now and     more formal feel and allows one room
                 serve as a practical substitute to jet black.                          to enter into the next without a change
                                                                                        underfoot. red and white oak is the
                                                                                        most popular solid wood flooring,
              WHat’s not                                                                comprising more than 90 percent of all
                                                                                        solid-hardwood flooring installed. Other
   Far-Out Color Risks                       Rich, Dark Brown                           popular choices include ash, maple,
                                             Not too long ago, orange-red woods         beech, and cherry.
   We all remember the avocado-colored
   appliances so popular in the ’70s. if     dominated the kitchen scene. Today,           exotic woods like bamboo, wal-
   you’re going to go for a trendy color     there’s more interest in dark choco-       nut, mahogany, and Brazilian cherry
   scheme try not to experiment on
                                             late shades used for both cabinetry        also are showing up more, according to
   the appliances or countertops. (not
   unless you expect to stay in your house   and floors. “Warm, rich brown is the       our experts. “I’ve been putting in a lot
   forever.) Most designers agree that       hot choice now,” says Elion.               of Brazilian cherry floors lately, which
   walls and painted cabinets provide the                                               work in both traditional and contempo-
   best palette for bold, jazzy colors.
                                                                                        rary kitchens,” Maucieri reports. Most
                                                                                        pros recommend applying several coats
                                                                                        of a water-based urethane finish to solid

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   hardwood floors in the kitchen, the most           says Dale Mitchell, co-owner of Antique &
   heavily-trodden room in the house.                 Vintage Woods of America, based in Pine
       Like a good Cabernet, wood ages well.          Plains, New York. “The widths of these
   So it’s no surprise that the popularity of         reclaimed boards are always wider than
   reclaimed wood is growing faster than              standard dimensional lumber and therefore
   a red oak tree. If you’re looking for rustic       more interesting.”
   charm, a wide-plank heart-pine floor sal-
   vaged from a 17th-century barn will add
   character and history to your kitchen—knots
                                                      Everybody Must
   and all. And you can add another notch in          Get Stone
   your green belt for your recycling efforts.        Another natural flooring material that elicits
       “There’s a resurgence in the use of            enthusiasm from kitchen pros is stone. But
   reclaimed wood, even in more modern set-           there’s a slight twist. “Instead of traditional
   tings. It’s not only due to increasing environ-    square tiles, people are opting for unusual
   mental concerns, but also because the look of      shapes that tend to be longer and narrower,”
   these floors is so rich in character and color,”   Saraceni reports. “The floor doesn’t look
                                                      like a checkerboard anymore,” Elion adds.
                       WHat’s not                     Whether you opt for a sleek polished granite
                                                      for a contemporary kitchen or a tumbled
   Ceramic Tile                                       stone for a more rustic Tuscan look, consider
                                                      installing radiant heat underfoot, which
   according to at least one expert, ceramic          not only warms up your tootsies, but the
   tiles have lost their luster. “ten years ago,
   every kitchen we did had to have a ceramic-        entire room. “Stone is durable and looks
   tile floor,” Maucieri says. “We’re just not see-   great, but it can be cold,” Tomic explains.
   ing this anymore. Wood, bamboo, and stone          “When you get up in the middle of the night
   have taken over.” and for those still living in
   the ’50s, linoleum is way out.                     to get a glass of water, you’ll really appreci-
                                                      ate a warm floor.”



   takE tHE
   floor
   growing in popular-
   ity, reclaimed wood
   floors do more
   than simply add
   character, they’re
   a green choice, as
   well. (shown here:
   vintage white oak
   flooring from Pine
   Plains, new York-
   based antique &
   Vintage Woods of
   america)




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                                                                                                 WHat’s Hot 

                                                                                                 Good Day Sunshine
                                                                                                 Nothing flatters your gleaming granite
                                                                                                 countertops, wood-grained cabinets,
                                                                                                 and stainless-steel appliances like a
                                                                                                 stream of natural sunlight, a white-hot
                                                                                                 development that’s not going anywhere.
                                                                                                 “More windows and lots of natural light
                                                                                                 are in,” claims Glenn Muller, owner of
                                                                                                 Kitchen Solutions in the Bronx. Large
                                                                                                 windows, French doors, and skylights
                                                                                                 help to harness the energy and natural
                                                                                                 beauty of sunlight, plus add interesting
                                                                                                 architectural elements.


                                                                                                 Decorative Pendants
                                                                                                 Pendant lights have become the kitchen
                                                                                                 lighting of choice in the past few years
                                                                                                 and, whether a single glass pendant
                                                                                                 illuminating the sink or a row of vin-
                                                                                                 tage pewter-finish drops splashing light
                                                                                                 on an island, many are works of art in
                                                                                                 their own right. “With islands and pen-
                                                                                                 insulas playing an even more important
                                                                                                 role in kitchen design today, customers
                                                                                                 are using dramatic hand-blown glass
                                                                                                 pendants to highlight the area when
                                                                                                 a touch of color is desired,” says Lou
                                                                                                 Castaldo, owner of Hi-Light Decorating
                                                                                                 in Yonkers. “Hand-carved onyx shades
                                                                                                 blend beautifully with natural woods
    lighting


                                                                                                 for a more neutral palette.” He also
                                                                                                 finds that many designers opt to use
                                                                                                 mini chandeliers over islands for a
                                     faB fixturE Pendant lighting not only                       more dramatic look.
                                     provides functional light, but serves as a deco-
                                     rative focal point, too. (shown here: carved
                                     onyx stone pendant by LBL Lighting, $189.98,                Layered Light
                                     available at Hi-Light Decorating in Yonkers)
                                                                                                 The days when you had a single ceiling
                                                                                                 fixture casting shadows on your counter-
                                                                                                 tops are long gone. “We still see recessed
                                                                 WHat’s not                      lighting used as the base in all good light-
                                                                                                 ing plans,” Castaldo says. But today’s
                                        Energy-Draining                                          designers unanimously favor multiple
                                        Incandescents                                            sources of light—a combination of
                                                                                                 ambient, task, accent, and decorative
                                        swap incandescents for energy-saving com-                lighting—to brighten the overall space,
                                        pact fluorescent (cFL) bulbs. they’re better
                                        for the earth, better for your pocketbook, and bet-      illuminate work areas, draw attention to
                                        ter for your mental health (since you won’t have to      architectural details, and serve as design
                                        change them as often). While compact fluorescent         elements all their own.
                                        lightbulbs have a reputation for giving off a greenish
                                        cast that doesn’t exactly complement the cuisine,
                                        the newer generation of triphosphor fluorescent          Elizabeth Cunningham Herring is a freelance
                                        lamps produces warmer tones that are a bit more          writer and editor living in Maplewood, New
                                        palatable.                                               Jersey.



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                                         lots of ligHts
                                         today’s kitchens employ
                                         multiple sources of illumi-
                                         nation, including ambient,
                                         task, accent, and decora-
                                         tive lighting. (Kitchen by
                                         Plain & fancy)

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