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Kitchen Décor Trends 2011

No matter how comfortable your living room is or how lovely the dining room, your guests are sure to always gather in your kitchen when they come over for a casual visit or planned gathering. No one can argue that the kitchen is the heart of every home, which is why it is so important to create a functional and gorgeous space for you and your guests to enjoy.

Our architects and designers spend a great deal of time creating the most up-to-date kitchens in their home designs. Here's a list of some of the latest kitchen décor trends in new construction and kitchen remodels:

This gorgeous kitchen is designed with all the latest amenities to make cooking and entertaining for family and friends a fun and efficient experience. Special consideration was given to using eco-friendly and energy-efficient products.

Look for warm gray neutrals, natural limestone colors and textures paired with sleek white cabinets or dark, rich woods. Depending on your home's architectural style you can go with a traditional Shaker-style cabinet or for a contemporary kitchen try a high-gloss gray.

You'll find bursts of bright colors reserved mostly for small appliances, accessories and decorative accents like backsplashes and window treatments.

This kitchen is designed with plenty of storage space and built-in appliances to create a bright, sleek space. A gorgeous backsplash complements the white cabinetry, which takes center stage against the rich floors and kitchen island.

Bright colors and bold patterns paired with earthy and neutral floors, cabinets and walls can create a well-balanced combination of color for a visual feast in your kitchen. It is a good idea to grab plenty of flooring, cabinetry and color samples to be sure that you are completely satisfied with your desired décor.

Homeowners are looking for a clean, seamless look (especially in small spaces), which can be achieved with built-in appliances and fronts that match the cabinetry. Most equipment and appliances will be hidden in specialty drawers — fridge, dishwasher and microwave — which are great for freeing up counter space. No matter what size kitchen a pantry is essential in keeping you organized and allowing for much needed storage space.

You'll find a wide sampling of cabinet organizers and storage options for food, tableware, preparation, cooking and clean-up to help make life in the kitchen more efficient. From stock to custom cabinetry, you can select almost any drawer and cabinet to include add-ons like roll-out trays, rotating shelves, drawer dividers and organizers.

There should be a place for everything. Keeping your countertops clear of appliances leaves room for unique accents and plenty of space to prepare meals.

A great way to spice up your kitchen is to put in a showstopper backsplash. Whether you go high-end with a marble or glass mosaic or choose to stick to a budget with chic subway tile, a backsplash will elevate your space and also protect the walls from food splatter.