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Hardwood floors and new finishes add to kitchen decor

April 10, 2014

Hardwood FlooringOne of the latest trends in kitchen decor is glamour - jewel-tone colors for cabinets, lots of metallic hardware and new composite surfaces that replicate agate and other precious stones. But with all the bling, nothing looks better in a kitchen than the warmth of a hardwood floor like those in Anderson's Southern Vista Hardwood collection. The two together - wood floors and rich finishes - are a winning combination.

In one kitchen featured by Elle Decor magazine, interior designer Kelly Wearstler outfitted cabinets in a gemstone green trimmed in brass-colored architectural details. The cabinets were adjacent to a backsplash, counters and sink hardware all done in brass. An overhead light fixture was a contemporary jumble of brass-outlined glass cylinders that allowed a full view of the bulbs.

With backsplashes and countertops capturing the look of malachite and other exotic finishes in composite materials, today's homeowners have room design choices for their kitchens that are both luxurious and functional.

For those who prefer a more traditional look, Details magazine reported that tiles continue to be popular for backsplashes as well as stone, glass and stainless steel sheeting. In countertops, quartz is gaining momentum because it has the same look of granite, but is more practical for everyday use. Because of its durability, quartz isn't as likely to chip or crack and its non-porous surface resists stains.

Take stock of kitchen needs
Whether they want a homey atmosphere or the new glamour look in their kitchens, homeowners should first look at what they have to work with before embarking on a decorating project. They don't even have to spend a lot of money or effort to give their existing kitchen decor a new lease on life.

Considering how much time is spent in the kitchen, the floors have to be able to withstand lots of foot traffic and the possibility of stains from spills and cooking mishaps. The durability of hardwood flooring is matched only by the versatility of wood tones, textures and surface finishes that are available in both solid and engineered woods.

Anyone who's followed the ancient Chinese practice of feng shui knows that getting rid of anything that isn't useful or productive is a major precept of this home design tradition. Before you do any makeover, clear away the old to make way for the new, from worn-out countertop appliances to chipped coffee mugs. Clear out the pantry of expired staples, recover shelving with fresh contact paper and install energy-saving light bulbs with longer life and lower wattage.