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Forbes’ 8 Trends To Avoid In Kitchen Remodel. Agree Or Disagree?

This week, Forbes reported on eight trends to avoid when considering a kitchen remodel. Having helped remodel and design a fair amount of kitchens, and making my share of mistakes, as well coming up with some winning ideas along the way, I agree with Forbes on some points, and totally disagree on others.
Kitchens are personal and you should, up to a point, design them for your needs and desires. But I absolutely agree with the common notion that you don’t want to design a kitchen that looks dated in a few years.

I agree:

Omega tambour corner wood kitchen appliance garage.

Omega tambour corner wood kitchen appliance garage.

Appliance garages waste valuable counter real estate. I thought these went out in the 80s, along with exaggerated shoulder pads and parachute pants. And, really, who wants to hide their tangerine KitchenAid mixer?

I agree:

Trash compactors stink. Enough said.

I disagree:

Kitchen desks are never used. I’ll concede that they’re not for everyone but, in several houses, I’ve had a desk in the kitchen –  built-in or a white farm table converted into a desk, complete with a pull-out for my keyboard. I loved working in the hub of the house. Kids can use them for homework, and a kitchen mini office makes an ideal spot for handling bills, making grocery lists and other household admin chores.

I disagree:

Franke MHX710-36 stainless steel sink.

Franke MHX710-36 stainless steel sink.

Farmhouse sinks are a trend that appears to be subsiding. A single-bowl farmhouse sink in the right kitchen is not only practical but will look timeless. The Forbes piece calls for a stainless sink if you’re seeking one that will always be in style. I’ll meet them halfway with a stainless farmhouse sink.

What I would have added to the list:

Kraus commercial pre-rinse chrome kitchen faucet.

Kraus commercial pre-rinse chrome kitchen faucet.


Restaurant-style faucets.
They look like robotic assembly line arms and don’t need to be the focal point of most home kitchens. Plus, these pre-rinse faucets have a powerful spray that can make a mess, and they use more water than a conventional faucet. Unless you’re doing dishes for the whole neighborhood, rethink the pre-rinse faucet.

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