Homeowners are no longer playing it safe when it comes to kitchen design. The Baltimore Sun reporter Christianna McCausland found local residents sprucing up their kitchens with colorful cabinets, unusual countertop options, and dramatic flooring.

The trend toward more excitement in the most important room in the house is based on home owners' desire for warm, functional, and interesting kitchen design, McCausland writes.

When Nancy Wodka was ready to renovate the 35-year-old Pikesville kitchen she shares with Alan Silverberg and cats Petey, Harold and Jasmin, she was adamantly against anything traditional.

“It had to be contemporary without being overly stark and gleaming,” she says. “I wanted the character of mixing colors, and on Houzz I was really drawn to the mix of brown and white.”

Interior designer Jeanine Turner of Turner Design Firm worked with Scotland Kitchen & Bath Designs and Dae-Mark Construction Co. to create a kitchen for Wodka and Silverberg that was warm, modern and highly functional.

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