The Top 8 Kitchen Design Trends in 2016

The kitchen has evolved from its pragmatic existence to the versatile hub of the home. Whether you’re looking for a complete overhaul or a simple spruce to liven up the space, look to the kitchen trends of 2016 to blend elegant functionality with your unique taste.

1. Muted color palette

Cottage White Kitchen

Muted colors in a cottage white kitchen. Photography by Steve Larkin

Trying to choose between trendy and timeless? Well, fret no more, because timeless kitchen design is now trendy. Muted colors and neutral palettes will reign over cabinets and backsplashes while lighter wood tones will dominate this year. Don’t take our word for it — even Pantone agrees. Rose Quartz and Serenity, Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year, among other muted colors, will bring a softer and more tranquil tone to your home. Continue reading

How To Combine the Kitchen with the Living Room

A smaller home will often blur the lines between rooms, leading many homeowners to present rooms as if they were a combined unit. If you live in an apartment or studio, you know all too well how your kitchen and living room are blended together. There can be some aesthetic and functional restrictions when designing, but Nest&Home is here to make sure you’re able to craft a perfect space.

Living room design rendering

Designed and render by Vu Dang Khoi (CC)

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Kitchen Trends to Steer Clear Of in 2016

Now is always a perfect time to remodel different spaces in your home, from the bedroom to the office. New interior design trends are becoming rapidly and wildly popular, but there are quite a few that you need to steer clear of. This is the Nest&Home guide to kitchen trends to avoid in 2016

Digital Rendering of Kitchen Design

Rendering courtesy Steve Larkin of Apex Marino Kitchen.

1. Ignoring Functionality

It’s easy to get hung up on the look of the tile or the finish of the wood, and forget to check if the kitchen is hindering itself. Make sure your cabinets can be open at the same time as the dishwasher, or that your island isn’t taking up too much room.
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7 Kitchen Remodeling Must-Knows

If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen soon, you’re likely studying the latest trends, comparing prices, and thinking you’re going to have to spend a whole lot of time and money to have a beautiful and functional space. That’s not true, because as long as you know how to remodel, you’ll be able to make something perfect. Nest&Home is here to make sure you can build a kitchen that’s perfect for your home.

1. Maximize Walkway Space

Homeowners everywhere understand that the kitchen requires a lot of space if you want to cook comfortably. Pathways in the kitchen should be at least 42 inches wide in a one-cook area. 48 inches of space is ideal if you want to cook with someone in a two-cook space. This means adjusting your island so that you can have enough room to perfect your culinary skills.

TRESANTI THE SERVER WHITE KITCHEN ISLAND

TRESANTI THE SERVER WHITE KITCHEN ISLAND – $569.00

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Hot Living Room Trends to Catch Onto in 2016

With the New Year kicking in at full speed, new interior design trends are rising in 2016. Building on and shedding some of last year’s styles, 2016 has is filled with fresh and improved ideas for your living room. Here’s the Nest&Home guide to the hottest living room trends in 2016.

Workspaces in the living room

Recent years have relocated the computer away from proper workspaces. While teens and adults everywhere are happy with the convenience of the bed or couch, they are placed in a new environment full of distractions.

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47″ BELL’O COMPUTER DESK WITH CURVED WOOD SIDES – 30% off at $249.99

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Is the Bathroom a Hazardous Environment?

The Bathroom vs. You

Bathrooms are often envisioned to be one of the most dangerous locations in the home, often being the sites of numerous falls, collisions, and cuts. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 235,000 nonlethal bathroom injuries occurred in the U.S. in 20081. Majority of these accidents take place in the shower or bath, with victims slipping and falling. Common injuries include abrasions, sprains, fractures, and concussions, and occur more often in older adults than other age demographics.

Bathroom safety grab rail

The bathroom safety grab rail is just $37.00 and gives you a sturdy support to help you get over the ledge of the bathtub.

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Are Furniture Protection Plans Really Worth It?

I was recently out shopping with a client at a furnishing store when the sales person offered an additional furniture protection plan. Initially, my client was unsure and looked at me with the “Is this something I need or is this sales lady just taking a large chunk of commission out of my purchase” look. She responded politely with the “I’ll think about it” response and agreed that we would discuss the protection plan later.

When we finally made our way to a corner in the showroom, she asked me if furniture protection plans are really worth it. I smiled and shook my head, “No, furniture protection plans aren’t worth it in my professional opinion.” What’s more, the sales reps usually make a 20% commission on protection plans. Not a bad incentive right?

Orange Slipper Chairs

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5 Secrets to Clean a BBQ Grill Without Breaking a Sweat

Welcome to NestandHome.com, your source for home furnishings and appliances. Today we’re going to show you how to clean a BBQ grill after your stomach has been filled with all sorts of goodness. If it’s time for a new grill, you can shop for propane, natural gas, and charcoal barbecue grills on our website. All order ship for free so you save big!

How to Clean a BBQ Grill

Photography by Chun Kit To (CC).

We’ll start off with the grates since they’re the most difficult pieces to clean. Never has anyone seen a room full of hands go up to be the lucky person to clean the grates after a BBQ. After this, you may just want to volunteer to show off your new found talent!
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Couch vs Sofa: What’s the Difference?

Although few realize it, there is a very distinct difference between a couch and a sofa. The quick way to tell the difference between a sofa and a couch is check for the presence of arms. Traditionally, couches do not have arms while sofas include arms. This is the fundamental difference between the two furnishings. Although these two home furnishings share many commonalities, they diverge on several aspects including size, functional use, and location.

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