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The kitchen is the workroom of the home. Everyone has to eat, after all, and even those who don’t like to cook are bound to stop by the kitchen thanks to the microwave and refrigerator. On top of that, the kitchen is always the most finished room of a new house thanks to the cabinets and large appliances, and so every prospective buyer or renter is going to pay close attention to the state of the kitchen.

As such, it’s important for builders and property rehabbers to stay on top of kitchen fashion trends. Here’s what’s in right now in the kitchen:

3. More Storage

It’s not just about the capacity, it’s about the convenience. While a resident may be able to stash something in a basement, attic, or closet and forget about it, a family that regularly uses their kitchen needs both plenty of space and plenty of access to store dishes, pots and pans, and dry food. Thus, conveniences like rollout shelves, lazy susans, and built-in spice pullouts can make any kitchen more attractive.

2. Wood Tones

Whether it’s the real deal or just a clever veneer, wood colors and patterns are gaining some serious ground with kitchen cabinets and particularly floors. White and light gray may still be the kings when it comes to kitchen color schemes, but this move to wood seems to be part of a growing demand for simple designs.

1. Transitional Kitchens

What’s old is new, what’s new is old, and a design that refuses to follow any single set of rules is currently the hottest trend in kitchen design. In this case, the word “transitional” refers to a design that combines classic materials and comforts with modern conveniences and straightforward patterns. The design could also offer elegant, traditional patterns painted in stark, modern colors, but simple, clean designs are currently in the lead.

The important point is that a transitional design combines at least one traditional and one contemporary design aesthetic to create something that’s both comfortingly familiar and entirely new. This combination can be difficult to pull off intelligently, but based on the response from those in the market, it’s entirely worth the effort.

Whether you’re building a new residence or renovating an old one, it pays to be on the cutting edge when it comes to kitchen fashions. Other rooms are more forgiving since their contents are provided by the new owner or renter, but in the kitchen they’ll have to live with your preferences.