Housing zone.com has a great article that lists what is important in today’s tight economy when it comes to remodeling your kitchen or bath:

1. Color

2. Tactile appeal through textures – “Lines, colors, and patterns can act as either a point of interest in a given space or a mellow background to a more prominent component.” 

3. Fully utilize glass – “Lighted panels of Mica art glass incorporated into the design of the volcanic stainless steel hood, the window in the door, and a glass tiled backsplash shining from behind granite countertops act as pops of color and light against the warmth of wood.” 

4. Freestanding and angled tubs.

5. Esspresso and chocolate colors in cabinetry – “Natural finishes—absent glazing, distressing, and overall pomp and circumstance—are now found in many kitchen designs, as simple chocolate browns act as the smooth and understated partner to brighter accents.”

 6. Grand scale walk in pantries (my personal fav).

Walk in pantry - can you imagine this off your kitchen?

Walk in pantry - can you imagine this off your kitchen?

 

7.  Detailed ceilings.

8. Use of natural elements.

9. A tiered approach to proportion – “The concept of stacked components and graduated overlapping heights was brought to a new level of sophistication in this urban kitchen. Varying heights of the island surfaces, the elevated and overlapping dining countertop, and the statuesque pantry cabinet create asymmetrical proportion

Creative, clean, modern look
Creative, clean, modern look
 

10. Incorporate inlaid flooring.