Northwest Observer Article: Should I stay or should I go?

Photo courtesy of Outdoor Living Roomz | Bring the outdoors in with this addition by Outdoor Living Roomz, which features full-view garage doors that disappear into the ceiling.

Photo courtesy of Outdoor Living Roomz | Bring the outdoors in with this addition by Outdoor Living Roomz, which features full-view garage doors that disappear into the ceiling.

"Sometimes a kitchen is just worn out," said Scott Koehler, owner of Dream Kitchen Builders in Oak Ridge. "It's where everybody hangs out. It's really the heart of the home and people often want a more updated look."

Koehler said one of the hottest kitchen products right now is Carrara marble, a high-quality white or blue-grey stone. "It's one of the newest things for countertops and people love it," he said. 

In general, Koehler said homeowners are going for a cleaner, more transitional look in the kitchen, and white Shaker-style cabinets are in vogue. 

Both Koehler and Booe noted LED lighting is also very popular.

"Kitchen designers didn't previously have the control they now have with LED lighting," said Koehler. "LED lights can be put underneath wall cabinets, inside glass cabinets and used in open shelves," he said. "They're not overly blue anymore and have warmer tones. They can also be controlled with remote controls." 

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