Is it time for a kitchen facelift? Bring the New Year in with a kitchen update. 2013 will bring some fabulous kitchen design trends and don’t worry; these won’t be going out of style any time soon.
For the first time ever Traditional style kitchen design has been bumped down the second place as ‘’transitional’’ style takes number one. What is transitional? Transitional is a ‘’’soft contemporary.’’ It is a cross between traditional and contemporary. It’s less formal, has simplified lines and is a bit more sleek but warmer than modern.
Less Obvious Appliances
Stainless steel appliances have been the word in appliances for years and are not expected to expire any time soon but appliances will definitely be in hiding in 2013 and beyond. Appliances will be blending with the cabinets; some with panels to match and some hidden within cabinetry. Also there will be more built-in appliances under the counters such as small secondary refrigerators, wine coolers, trash compactors and microwaves. These appliances are perfect for islands and peninsulas.
Lighting That Combines Form and Function
A more layered approach to kitchen lighting will be layered with LED lighting in the forefront. We will often see these under the cabinets, within the cabinets, and even within appliances. No more lighting that is strictly functional but rather lighting that adds beauty to the kitchen as well. And look to pendants for 2013 and beyond.
You won’t find many kitchens without islands if they are large enough to pull one off. Large kitchens are the norm now and so are kitchen islands. Island trends are for counter eating spaces with attractive stools especially in open kitchens. Islands are being used to separate the kitchen from the family living areas while keeps the space open and airy.
Natural Color Schemes
Earthy colors for kitchens are a natural and the trend is for grays, greens and neutrals on a variety of wood tone cabinets. Painted cabinetry is still hot and expect to see earthy colors here also. Black and white is making a comeback (has it ever really left?) with bold bright accents here and there like red. Gray cabinet colors are expected to stick around and black is also a hot color. However, a little black can go a long way such as an island or hutch.
Decorative Range Hoods
The range hood is becoming the focal point in many kitchens. Today’s hoods are wood, cast stone, copper, and absolutely meant to be seen.
Super Stylish Sinks
If you can make only one update this year opt for a beautiful stylish kitchen sink. 2013 will see a continued trend towards stone, copper and fireclay farmhouse sinks. Companies like Kohler are introducing farmhouse sinks in styles to compliment even the most modern style kitchen like brushed nickel and stainless steel.
The most popular backsplash for the year 2013 will be glass. The glass mosaic tile will still remain popular but this year will see the rise of a single sheet of glass. These are seamless, just slightly reflective and very easy to clean.