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Kitchens top list of 2014 home improvement trends

Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:05:51 AM

Armed with affordable home improvement financing, there are a number of available options to upgrade and spruce up a property.

However, a select few are gaining popularity as 2014 fast approaches, according to Zillow Digs' recent Home Design Trend Report. At the top of the list is the kitchen, now the most popular space where homeowners will spend their money.

When it comes to kitchen upgrades, the most common features include black countertops, open shelves, glass-front cabinets and darker paint tones.

"As the kitchen has become a central meeting place for family and friends, presentation has become a priority for many homeowners," said Kerrie Kelly, Zillow Digs Board of Designers member. "It is now fashionable to display almost everything in the kitchen - from dishes to pots and pans to gourmet oils and vinegars."

A kitchen remodel might be an ideal way to spend home improvement financing. According to, these projects often boost home value - but the costs might also creep up. 

In order to keep price down, homeowners should focus on smart changes, like new countertops, refinishing - instead of replacing - cabinets and updating the lighting. These changes can be cost-effective while still drastically sprucing up the look of the space.