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Every few years (or months, depending on your star sign), you take a look around your kitchen and think, Time for a change, stat. So with the spirit of spring renewal in mind (because is anything more seasonal than bright new countertops?), here are some of our favorite kitchen trends slated to hit it big this year. And most of them are so easy, you can do them yourself.

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Navy Cabinets

After a long-running trend of neutral everything, a great way to reintroduce color into your kitchen is to pick one strong shade and run with it. This year, deep blue is the color of our obsession. A fresh coat of sapphire paint on your cabinets will instantly change the entire look and feel of your space (and give you the calming energy you need when your soufflé isn’t cooperating).

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Dark Hardware

Chrome will never be “out,” per seBut this year, black kitchen fixtures are decidedly “in.” When experimenting with this trend, start small with a modern faucet, like this matte one from Moen. To continue the industrial feel throughout your kitchen, try an open pipe shelf and choose standing appliances in colors like slate or copper to complement each other in a very “Why, yes, I am a design genius” kind of way.

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Outspoken Tile

Installing a patterned design onto your backsplash is an easy way to infuse your personality into the kitchen (not to mention it makes cleaning tomato sauce splatter a breeze). We love classic black or white tiles in an interesting design, but colorful Moroccan mosaics are a great choice if you want to make a bigger statement.

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A Breakfast Nook

All this trend requires is a little corner space (preferably by a window, but we’re flexible). Here are the four essentials for the perfect nook: a small round table, two dining chairs, a centerpiece decoration (flowers, candles or the like), and maybe a cushion or two. Put ’em all together and watch your dreams of cozy breakfast-nooking unfold.

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Open Shelves

Open shelving is solidifying its place at the forefront of kitchen design this year. While we love them for displaying your prettiest dishes and small pieces of art, we love them even more for holding little planters full of greenery and your budding cookbook collection. For a setup that’s pretty and useful, skip the succulents and stack your shelves high with herbs like mint, rosemary and basil.

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White Quartz Countertops

If hiring someone to do the heavy lifting is included in your definition of easy, then make note of this year’s loveliest trend. White quartz is versatile (it goes perfectly with your black faucets and blue cabinets) and is one of the most durable countertops you can buy. It’s a sophisticated cap on your trendy new kitchen.

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