3 Ways To Make Your Kitchen Greener

According to the Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, 49% of homeowners say that using eco-friendly appliances and neutral-kitchen-thekitchendesigner.org_materials in their kitchen is important.  If you want to make your kitchen renovation project more eco-friendly, follow these tips.

For Greener Cabinets:

  • Choose adhesives or glues that have no or low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and formaldehyde-free.
  • Refinish cabinets with no or low VOC water-based paints and stains.
  • If you use reclaimed wood, find out where the wood came from.  Old wood may contain toxic chemicals.

For Greener Countertops:

  • Look for countertops that are made from recycled or sustainable materials.
  • Avoid using formaldehyde-based blues and adhesives during instalation.
  • Seal stone with water-based, low odor sealant.neutral kitchen 2

For Greener Flooring:

  • Traditional linoleum is durable and easy to maintain.
  • Cork is another green option, but make sure that you use cork that was manufactured in Spain and Portugal, where environmental and health regulations are stricter than in other foreign countries.
  • Bamboo is a great choice, just make sure it wasn’t made with formaldehyde-based binders.

Look for the Energy Star* certification on the appliances you buy.  These appliances are energy efficient, which may mean more money in your pocket!

What’s Trending in Kitchen Renovations?

Open Floor Plans – 77% of kitchen renovations involve opening the space to other rooms.neutral kitchen 3

Stainless Steel Appliances – 65% of people plan to incorporate stainless steel appliances into their kitchens.

Granite and Quartz Counters – 50% choose granite countertops and 36% choose quartz.

Hardwood Floors – 35% choose hardwood floors, followed closely by 32% who chose tile.

Neutral Colors – 75% choose a decor that is soft and neutral.neutral colors

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