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Popular home improvement trends from NARI members

Kitchen with dark wood shelves, blue marble counter-tops, and stainless steel appliances

As a part of National Home Improvement Month, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) released the results of a member profile survey that they sent out to their nearly 7,000 members across the United States. What NARI was interested in knowing is what kind of upgrade projects do homeowners want to take on, and the overwhelming response was a remodel of the kitchen. 82 percent of NARI members said that kitchen improvement projects are their primary service offering.

"Consumers want practical, comfortable kitchens that are efficient to use and easy to live in," Kevin Anundson, NARI National President, told the Chicago Tribune. "Bigger isn't better, but homeowners still want a feeling of space, and open concept with islands are still a significant part of kitchen trends in 2014."

Here are a few of the projects that NARI respondents said were popular over the last year:

  • Cabinetry: Although there is less demand for cabinets these days, these spaces are being used in more interesting ways. Homeowners want their appliances hidden behind the cabinets so the kitchen has a cleaner and more streamlined appearance. Different colors are also making a comeback: oranges, blues and greens are in.
  • Lighting: More than anything, the group found out, homeowners want a well-lit kitchen space. There is a continuing trend of individuals wanting less cabinets on the wall so there is more space for decorative task light fixtures. Another popular style option: pendant lights over the kitchen island.

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