It’s a new year, which means spring is right around the corner. As one of the most popular times of the year to remodel, we wanted to get a head start on helping you to identify the top kitchen trends for 2013. Last year we saw a dramatic shift from traditional-styled kitchen and baths to transitional — a blend of contemporary and traditional. We think that 2013 will continue on with this movement in the form of simple designs, open floor plans and hidden appliances. Here’s our list of the top five design trends for this year.
1. Blended and hidden appliances will make a strong appearance in the kitchen design realm. Blended appliances are uniquely designed to match the wood or lacquered material of your cabinets. Hidden appliances are concentrated on saving space. Under the counter microwaves, mini-fridges, trash compactors and wine coolers save on counter space and add openness to your kitchen.
2. Light and Neutral Colors – The 2013 kitchen will be cohesive to mingling and the social sphere where bright colors are starting to be replaced by more neutral, socially-friendly colors. Neutral colors once reserved for bedrooms are dominating kitchens — the goal being a more calming environment. If you’re considering colors for your kitchen, try a deep tan or this Shale shade from Benjamin Moore.
3. Larger Islands – Families are migrating from other areas of the home to spend more family-time together in the kitchen. The focal point of the kitchen-centric family is the kitchen island. To accommodate, the size of kitchen islands is growing — complete with bar stools and more space for food prep, socialization and entertainment. Many families are even turning their larger islands into communal home workspaces.
4. LED Lighting – LED lights will become more common in 2013. These lights are easily installed under cabinets and have excellent energy-efficiency. Consider installing LED lights in other areas of the house to maintain consistency of style throughout your home.
5. Simple Sinks – Deep single-bowl sinks make an appearance this year to accommodate more accessories including fitted colanders and dish drains. When considering material, choose stainless steel for superior durability. The Pfister Avalon 1-Handle Pull-Out Kitchen Faucet would make the perfect complement to a single-bowl sink installed in the transitional kitchen.
With the kitchen becoming the “hub” of the home, this year’s trends guarantee additional space and comfort. By considering LED lighting, a larger island and other 2013 trends, your kitchen will transform into a place for gathering and socializing with family and friends.
Looking at these trends, how will you renovate your kitchen this year?