12 Kitchen Trends You Might Regret

A big kitchen renovation is one of the costliest (and most cost-effective) improvements you can make to your home. Perhaps you've heard the expression "kitchens sell houses." If it's true that a beautiful and functional kitchen will help you sell your home, it's also true that certain passé trends could hinder your sale. If you’re undertaking a new kitchen renovation, take care to steer clear of these trends to keep your kitchen from looking dated before you even break it in.

  1. Over-the-Range Microwave

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    Saving space by installing the microwave over the range has been standard kitchen protocol for years. But that practice is on its way out. As home buyers begin to favor universal design principles, keeping necessities accessible for the entire family becomes ever more important. Consider moving the microwave to under-the-counter nooks and drawers instead.

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  2. Pot Racks

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    Pot racks certainly had their moment in kitchen design. Placing a large pot rack over a central kitchen island, however, is no longer your best bet. Pots and pans are now stashed neatly in drawers as opposed to living out in the open. Opting for a redesign that's sleek and minimalist will remain a safe choice for years to come.

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  3. Kitchen Desk

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    Putting a desk in the kitchen was all the rage for about a decade, because after all, most family life does revolve around the kitchen. The problem is that a kitchen desk just ends up stacked with papers and clutter that you don’t want to see. Pass on the desk, and relegate household business to the home office.

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  4. Brass Hardware

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    Trend reports claim that this is the year for metal. While that may be, bright brass hardware is out. Luckily, swapping out hardware is a fairly simple and inexpensive way to update a kitchen's appearance. Go with brushed or satin nickel, which looks much more current.

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  5. Distressed Cabinets

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    Distressed and glazed cabinet finishes are a fixture in many a country kitchen. While this style of cabinet rose in popularity over the last decade, it's now falling out of fashion. When choosing finishes for a cabinet replacement or refacing, choose more modern looks, whether crisp paint colors or clean wood tones.

    Related:  10 Easy Ways to Update Your Kitchen Cabinets

  6. Farmhouse Sinks

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    It once seemed that homeowners would never tire of the throwback charm of the farmhouse sink, yet you'll rarely see one installed in a kitchen renovation today. Stick with stainless steel, which will always be practical and in style.

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  7. Faux Finishes

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    Many faux finishes are now on the wane. Today, simplicity reigns supreme. If you’re updating your kitchen, ditch the complicated treatments and go for fresh paint in bold or neutral tones—even a clean wallpaper design will do.

    Related:  7 Reasons to Reconsider Wallpaper

  8. Appliance Garage

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    It is nice to keep your small appliances off the countertop. But at the expense of the space an appliance garage requires? The trend of large cabinet drawers is here to stay, and there is plenty of room in there for your toaster.

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  9. Tiny Backsplash

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    Minimal backsplashes are out, and for good practical reasons. Spills and splatters don’t necessarily have good aim. A ceramic tile or glass backsplash that goes all the way from counter to cabinets is much easier to keep clean and looking nice.

    Related: 12 Inventive Ideas for a Budget Backsplash

  10. Skipping Window Treatments

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    Keeping windows open and unfettered by shades or curtains has been a trend for several years - mimicking the urban style of loft living. But the trade off for this chic style is a complete lack of privacy and contending daily with the constant glare of unfiltered sun. Luckily, this is a trend that’s easy to reverse. There are lots of simple, minimalist window treatments that will keep your windows uncluttered while serving their important practical purpose.

    Related: 10 Extras to DIY for Your Kitchen

  11. Tiled Countertops

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    Tile countertops were big in the 70’s and 80’s and made a comeback recently in more minimalist designs. It is less expensive than granite and other solid natural countertop surfaces. But regardless of tile size and design, it is a maintenance headache. It’s hard enough to clean grout on a vertical surface in a shower. But on a horizontal surface where the grout lines get full of crumbs? Forget it.

    Related: 10 Unusual Tips for Your Cleanest Kitchen Ever

  12. Bright Appliances

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    There’s been a recent bright pop of color in appliances to break up the sea of stainless that’s reigned supreme for years. Just beware that a trend is a trend, and will eventually (sometimes sooner than later) fade. Remember avocado and goldenrod?

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