The kitchen is a vital part of every home. When considering which new kitchen trends to incorporate, it’s important to choose those that will stand the test of time and contribute to the overall comfort of your home.

LED Lights. Ropes of LED lights are great for lighting up a myriad of spaces in your kitchen, like countertops and the dark recesses under lower cabinets. The long life, low heat emittance and energy efficiency of LEDs will keep them in style for many years to come.

Mixing Old and New. Find a balance between old and new by adding the warmth of traditional natural materials like wood, brick and stone to help soften more modern materials like stainless steel.

Basic Cabinets. The popularity of various cabinet finishes will come and go; durability is much more important to consider. Whether you decide to paint them or go au natural, simply designed, well-built cabinets will endure through all the various styling trends better than more intricate, detailed cabinets.

Neutral Colors. Color preferences in design are forever changing, so your kitchen can quickly look dated if you’re not careful. Combat this by using neutrals, which will always be in favor. If you want more color, a soft grey, green or even navy will give you that while still remaining neutral.

Glass Door Cabinets. Glass cabinet doors add visual interest and the illusion of additional space. A mix of glass doors and traditional solid-panel cabinet doors will allow you to keep your less attractive dishes and kitchen items hidden.

Subway Tiles. You can’t go wrong with classic white subway tiles, which will add light and make small kitchens seem larger. And as an added bonus, they’re a cinch to clean!

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