Trendy & Timeless

It's the gathering spot for many busy families and as such, the design of kitchens in the home is always evolving. Recent design trends are paying attention to the need for beauty as well as function. Here are six of the most prominent kitchen design trends, and we think they'll be around for quite a while!

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Kitchen island

Multi-purpose designs

Because a family's needs can be quite different during the week versus the weekend, the trend is toward designing kitchens that have more than one work area. For weeknights, quick prep areas with just a small sink and microwave close to each other to make cleanup easy are becoming popular.

The need to entertain on weekends may be accommodated by incorporating a butler's pantry off the main kitchen, equipped with a full-sized sink for clean-up, a prep area, plenty of storage and a compact refrigerator.

Other design options that are coming into favor include moving the primary sinks for the kitchen into an island instead of reserving the island for a small prep sink.

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Comments on "6 Kitchen design trends that will last"

susan November 05, 2012 | 5:04 PM

Could you tell me where to find the bar stools and the color of granite used? Thank you! Susan

Shannie September 01, 2012 | 1:11 PM

Love it! Could you tell me the name of the granite counter top used and also the name and purchase info. G for the backslash. Thank you! Shannie

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