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The 3 Biggest Kitchen Trends Of 2014 Might Surprise You (PHOTOS)

12/15/2013 11:09 am ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

Kitchen upgrades topped homeowners' list of renovation projects in 2013, and the trend doesn't seem to be slowing, according to a new report released by real estate website Zillow earlier this month that names the big kitchen trends of 2014.

Like the insight we got from our friends over at Houzz on what people's dream kitchens look like, Zillow's report reveals that upgrades will focus more on flourishes, than on function, with these preferences rounding out the top three:

Black Countertops
Popular materials to achieve this look will include quartz and black granite that has been honed to give it a leathery finish, Zillow says, adding that black is likely to be paired with a lighter counter such as marble or light gray for contrast.
black countertops

Open Shelving
Kitchen cabinets used to be the place to stash dinnerware out of sight, but according to Zillow's survey, upgrades will put kitchenwares on display in the coming year. "It is now fashionable to display almost everything in the kitchen — from dishes to pots and pans to gourmet oils and vinegars,” Zillow Digs Board of Designers member Kerrie Kelly says.
glass kitchen cabinets

Dark Paint Colors
The days of the bright white kitchen might be numbered. In the survey, homeowners named black, deep brown and dark red and copper tones as some of the most popular paint colors for their new-and-improved kitchen space. If you're planning to stay on trend, designers recommend painting just one wall, a ceiling or the floor a deep shade, to prevent the space from feeling too confined.
dark kitchen paint

For its Home Design Trend Report for 2014, Zillow interviewed more than 2,000 randomly-selected adults across the U.S. Check out more of their findings over on their blog.

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