A lot of homeowners want to update their homes for resale value, while some of us just like to look fresh. Whichever way you prefer, here are some cabinet trends to keep in mind for 2016:
- Though white still dominates, everything from cabinets to backsplashes will be done in less saturated tones. According to HGTV in 2016, gray is becoming the new white. Charcoal, grays and even neutral pastels like pale blue, pale green-gray and tinted whites are the new alternative to the standard white. Just by painting your cabinets you can get that fresh updated look you want.
- If space is an issue in your kitchen then you are going to want to maximize your kitchen storage. Multi-tiered drawers are a good option when you are short on space. It is important to make sure your cabinets are functional.
- The classic black and white color schemes will always be in style; the high contrast is clean and sleek. And, stay away from primary colored accessories this year....
When it comes to energy efficiency, look for smart features and expertise to help you save energy and money and add value to your home.
1. Begin with a Right-Sized Home.
If the home you buy is simply too large for you or your family’s needs or plans, you stand a good chance of wasting energy through excessive heating and cooling costs. If it’s too small, you’ll feel cramped and uncomfortable. It’s a big investment, so seek balance and buy it “right” from the outset.
2. Purchase Energy Star Appliances Such as Your TV, Dishwasher, Washer and Dryer, and Microwave.
And especially the refrigerator, as it alone contributes about 10 percent of the energy use in a home. Also, unplug electronics not in use or turn off power strips to avoid phantom charges.
3. Install Efficient Lighting Such as Compact Flourescent (CLF) or LED Bulbs in Every Fixture.
Lighting accounts for about 6 percent of an energy bill each year.
4. Get an Energy Audit and Have Tests Performed to Identify Ways of Improving Your Efficiency.
You can always upgrade your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system as well as your thermal envelope, which includes insulation, windows, and doors and the seals or weather stripping around them. Visit energy.gov/energytips for more tips.