Trends in Kitchen Design for 2013
Is your kitchen begging for an update?
Does that old tile make you cringe on every trip to the fridge?
If so, now might be the time to explore the latest trends in kitchen remodeling.
According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), planning out exactly what you want out of your kitchen remodel will help you set realistic budgets. And if you’re still not sure what you want or even where to begin, don’t panic. Here are some hot ideas for a kitchen remodel this year.
Trend #: Refacing Kitchen Cabinets
Do you want a fresh look for your kitchen cabinets, but don’t want to go through the hassle of actually replacing them?
Good news: Refacing cabinets – not replacing – is in! This trend is in because people are watching how they spend their money. And since refacing is the process of just changing cabinet doors while maintaining the original cabinet structure, it’s a much less expensive option.
When refacing cabinets, a clean, simple contemporary look is winning out, both from an updating standpoint, and a trend to eliminate unnecessary clutter and fussy details that equate to high maintenance and complicated living – both non-popular trends.
Trend #: Stone and Solid Countertops
Are you dreaming about a new countertop to spruce up your kitchen?
Consider quartz countertops, which is the material of choice in 2013 due to its durability.
Stone countertops are losing ground to quartz composite countertops that are no-maintenance and the closest thing to bullet-proof countertop materials available today. Another reason for quartz’s popularity is that it has less different patterning than granite.
But quartz isn’t the only trendy material for counters in 2013. More homeowners are asking for concrete countertops to create a custom and eye catching look. With concrete you have endless colors to choose from, the ability to shape the surface as you see fit, and you can even embed materials right into the surface.
Trend #: Hardwood Floors
Are you thinking about replacing your worn and ripped kitchen linoleum with gorgeous hardwood floors?
That’s awesome! Because hardwood floors remain a hot kitchen remodeling trend for 2013, with a few new developments. We are starting to see lighter shades of wood floors again – something that hasn’t been seen in a while. The washed wood floors are back but, with a twist – wider planks and hand scraping, giving a lighter look.
But hardwood floors can be a lot of work in terms of both installation and maintenance. Luckily, there are some options to give you that classic wood floor look – without the hassle. There is a trend in hardwood-looking floors made from durable and easier-to-install materials, such as engineered wood flooring, which is made from a plywood base with a real hardwood veneer. Engineered wood continues to be popular, but so is porcelain tile that looks like wood, with less maintenance and better water tolerance.
Trend #: Stylish Sink
Adding a stylish sink can drastically change the look of your kitchen. So what will be trending in 2013? Deep kitchen sinks!
There are endless possibilities with today’s sinks, large, deep kitchen sinks to accommodate larger pots and pans. The debate between single or double bowl is still in full effect. Obviously, if space is at a premium, a single bowl can preserve counter space because it does not have to be as wide as a double.
The next thing to consider is the material of the sink which it didn’t change from prior years: stainless steel sinks is the most popular choice for kitchen sinks. They’re attractive, easy to clean, and they don’t stain or rust. They aren’t as expensive as other options like cast iron, granite composite or cooper, and it’s easy to choose one that meets your qualifications.
Trend #: Hot Appliances
If you’ve been thinking about investing in new appliances, this could be the year to justify buying that commercial stove. Incorporating commercial-style stoves and other useful built-in appliances in kitchen remodeling projects is a hot trend for 2013.
Commercial stoves and stainless steel appliances continue to be used and enjoyed.
In addition, features that save homeowners time and space are becoming increasingly popular like for example, a hot water dispenser plumbed right into the water source!
Make instant coffee, tea, oatmeal, or soup in seconds. They are a little pricey but it saves you time especially if you have a busy life style.
Kitchen features that do double-duty and save valuable kitchen space are also must-haves for 2013.
This includes microwaves that double as second ovens and warming drawers,
and refrigerators with convertible drawers that can act as the fridge, freezer, or wine fridge. Multi-taskers that serve more than one need are hot.
Trend #: Mixing Cabinet Colors and Materials
Trend #: Transitional Style: modern but with a classic take
Trend #: Updated Layout
Trend #: Docking Stations and Clever Use of Space