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Tips on creating a cozy, welcoming and long-lasting kitchen

You go to your stainless-steel fridge, open one of the French doors, pour a glass of milk and then …

If your kitchen is comfortable and welcoming, you pull the pack of Oreos from the cabinet and settle down right there for a snack.

Appliances are the working side of the kitchen. The interior puts warm arms around the people using it and relaxing there, and makes it the heart of the home.

Faye Respress of Stewart’s Tile and Carpet Center in Mathews knows the trends and can design a kitchen in keeping with the latest design ideas. The company’s crews will bring it to life.

She starts with the cabinets: “People are doing a lot more painted cabinets in lighter colors now, whites and grays.” If they want contrasting accents, dark blues are popular. Also popular on the palette of choice are different shades of greens.

Flat panel Shaker-style doors are very popular now, she added.

With the big decision made, the customer moves on to countertops. Faye said “Quartz is the mos...

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