Out With The Old, In With The New

The Best of Home Expressions

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But many people are choosing to go with custom color finishes or new, natural-oil finishes. “The oil finish doesn’t emit the VOCs; it’s formaldehyde-free, and good for people who have health concerns, but it’s also a great look,” says Kassen.

In appliances, there is an abundance of new gadgets available to suit your wants and needs. Some typically high-end lines are now offering “affordable luxury” appliances, scaled-down versions of popular products for those on a budget. People looking to treat themselves, however, can get a built-in barista station with a coffee maker, bean grinder, and cappuccino steamer; or the latest in cooking appliances, such as induction ranges or steam ovens.

Ferguson’s Carelle says there is another neat feature on one brand’s cookware. “Jenn-Air has touchscreen LCD displays on all of their cooking products — and even some refrigerators — that act as the main control for temperature and oven settings.”

There are also new gadgets for the bathroom. “Kohler has the Moxie shower head, a single shower head with a speaker inside of it,” Carelle says. “It works remotely off of Bluetooth, so you can listen to anything on your iPad, or you can stream live.”

Heidi Pollard, showroom consultant at Coburn’s Supply, says customized showers are gaining popularity. “Body sprayers, hand showers, seated showers, steam units, and his and hers two-shower heads are some of the available options for customizations,” Pollard says.

Also trending are touchless bathroom and kitchen faucets, as well as water-conserving products. “A majority of manufacturers are switching to low-water consumption commodes — down from using 1.6 gallons of water to 1.28 gallons,” says Pollard. “More people are going green, so we’re also seeing a lot of water-saving faucets and shower heads.”

Whether you’re considering a remodel of your kitchen or bath because you plan to sell or if you’ve found your forever home and desire to enjoy those enhancements yourself, upgrading these rooms can improve energy efficiency and functionality, as well as add a touch of style to a dated look.


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