#09 - Top Ten Kitchen Trends of 2017 - Kitchen Tune-up

#09 - Top Ten Kitchen Trends of 2017 - Kitchen Tune-up

#09 - Top Ten Kitchen Trends of 2017 - Kitchen Tune-up

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Interior barn and pocket doors in kitchens are trending up.
  • A recent study conducted by website Zillow Digs found that these contemporary yet rustic sliding doors can help a home sell as many as 57 days faster and at a higher price point. The study analyzed descriptions on the listings of more than 2 million homes sold between January 2014 and March 2016 to see how certain keywords affect a home’s sale.
  • Of all the terms analyzed, “barn doors” brought the highest premium, with homes whose listings mentioned this door type selling for an average of 13 percent above expected values. The “craftsman meets farmhouse” design concept is clearly resonating with today’s homeowners. 
  • Consumers like the distinctive, upscale look as well as the doors’ functionality when it comes to closing off large spaces. Barn doors are also easy to install and are amazingly versatile in terms of color, size, and door style. Yet they may not be the best choice for every home. While they can add character, it’s important to understand where installation may not be worth the investment or the door may be impractical. 
  • “It actually acts as a piece of artwork,”
  • In addition to their powerful visual appeal, barn doors can also be an effective way to partition open spaces. Many homes today have two larger rooms, such as the kitchen and living room, connected by a wide opening. While a barn door added to such spaces will likely stay open more often than not, it can act as the perfect feature to suggest spatial separation. “It gives you the option to easily close off the space without adding permanence,” 
  • Barn doors- use reclaimed wood- mix media - match with your white kitchen to add some natural wood to the mix, will warm it up
  • The hardware is very important- how you match it with the doors- antique brass or black-
  • The hardware is a few hundred, then you shop for the doors- $500 to a few thousand
  • Challenges to consider for both options- install a Pocket door, would basically need a new wall to be installed, so can only be done as a part of a larger remodel. Barn doors, easy to install, just need a clear wall for the door to slide. Privacy can be a concern, since there is usually a ¾” reveal and they don’t protect sound as much as a normal door.