For many of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Not only is it used to cook meals, but you may entertain, work, and do homework and crafts with the kids from the kitchen. Historically, kitchen updates tend to have the best return on investment than other rooms in the home. So just what are people doing to upgrade their kitchens this year? According to an article from The National Association of Realtors, a lot. 

1. Transitional and Contemporary Styles. Transitional decor (think traditional basics with modern touches like Shaker-style cabinets with stainless steel appliances and fixtures with very clean lines) is popular as the style is a little more open to interpretation and personal preference. Contemporary decor (high functionality, minimalism and often monochromatic) is gaining in popularity as well. 

2. Gray or White Cabinets. Sticking with the contemporary look, light cabinets are very popular. Pros include brightening a kitchen and the clean look when paired with stainless steel appliances. Cons include more effort to keep cabinets looking clean- especially if you have young kids or dogs. 

3. Pull Outs and Extra Storage. Deep cabinets offer excellent storage in a kitchen. They get bonus points if the drawers pull out for better accessibility. 

4. Wood Flooring. Not sold on hand-scraped hard wood flooring? Check out engineered hardwood. 

5. Quartz and Granite Counters. Granite is still king in kitchen countertops. But if you're interested in a more durable stone option, look into quartz. Because quartz is manufactured there are more color options that you'll find in granite. 

6. Built in Coffee Stations and Wet Bars. Oh the convenience of a kitchen station just for your caffeine habit. Wet bars are coming back in style too, but leave the brass fixtures of the early 90s in the past.

7. Pocket Doors. A sliding door that disappears into the wall when not in use. Great for the modern, clean look. Pocket doors are also convenient when you only want to partition a room off occasionally and don't want to worry about the door the rest of the time. 

8. Pet Stations. If you're getting a coffee station, it seems only fair that your favorite four-legged friend also gets a special space, right? Consider a food bowl built in to a bottom drawer in the kitchen, pull outs to store food or under counter crates. 

9. Docking and Charging Stations. Add a charging station to the kitchen to ensure you'll never have to make breakfast without your favorite playlist again. 

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