Tacky or Trendy? Ways to Keep Your Kitchen Remodel from Becoming Out-of-Date Too Quickly
by Melissa Bullard
Face Your Kitchen Columnist
Thinking about refacing your kitchen cabinets? Wondering what the latest kitchen trends are? If you enjoy being fashionable, you may want a kitchen that displays your fresh and up-to-date style. But before you try to incorporate every 2010 and 2011 trend, keep those bright oranges and avocado-greens of the 70s in mind. Once trendy, these kitchens are now tacky. So how do you reface your cabinets and decorate your kitchen without crossing the line between trendy and tacky?
Walking the Line Between Trendy and Tacky
- Choose colors carefully or paint often. Bright color accents, greys, and purples, are currently fashionable, along with neutrals and Old World spiced colors. But color tastes change, so be willing to repaint often if you go with a currently-popular color. Make sure that the colors you choose harmonize with each other, because even the trendiest colors look tacky when they clash. If you want as little maintenance as possible, go with a neutral, nature-inspired color.
- Use quality work. If you decide to reface your kitchen cabinets, make sure that you know how to apply the new veneer to the cabinet boxes. Some kitchen refacing veneers have a sticky side and can be pressed onto the cabinets, so if you're a do-it-yourselfer, make sure you take your time and read instructions carefully to prevent wrinkles, bubbles, or peeling sides.
- Choose neutral countertops. You may have always wanted a countertop covered in deep blue laminate or multi-colored ceramic tiles. However, the more personally-suited your kitchen is to your style, the more easily it could be perceived as tacky by others. So go with something classic--a wood with a medium stain, laminate in a traditional, neutral color, or white or beige tiles.
- Match your house's style. Are you living in a 50's-style ranch house, a one-hundred-year-old Victorian, or a new, trendy downtown condo? Straying too far from the basic layout and design of your house could make your kitchen appear more tacky than trendy.
- Ask for advice. Not everyone is gifted in home decorating and design, so even if you can't afford to hire a professional designer, discussing your remodeling plans with friends can keep you on the right track. Friends with a good sense of decorating can offer valuable advice about your kitchen decorating ideas.
Kitchen remodeling doesn't have to spring from guesswork and result in tacky disasters. Just make sure to get help when you need it, plan for the future, and you should be able avoid that slippery slope from trendy to tacky.
About the Author
Melissa Bullard earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, then a Master's Degree in Spanish Language and Literatures from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught writing, literature, and Spanish classes, and is currently working as a fre
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