If there is one time of year when your kitchen is put to the test, it’s the holiday season. And this can sometimes be followed by the stark realization that a kitchen update is long overdue. To help you prepare, here are some of the trends that the industry is buzzing about and which are predicted to be the most popular design elements for 2013 kitchens.
Open kitchen layouts: This trend is no longer only for ultra modern homes. Open-plan kitchens that lend themselves to more seamless living are “in.” Think convenience, efficiency and a space that allows you to cook and entertain at the same time.
Modern materials and finishes: In the 2012 NKBA rankings, “transitional” style kitchens were rated higher than the “traditional” kitchen for the first time ever in design history. So as we ring in yet another New Year, newer materials and finishes will most likely continue to gain momentum. The sleek, single-panel glass backsplash is one example of this trend as well as gloss and lacquer finishes, according to House Beautiful.
Eco-Friendliness and Color Palettes Inspired by Nature: As sustainability continues to pervade the kitchen, it’s influencing color schemes as well. Wood tones, grays and greens are predicted to be top colors for 2013 kitchens; emerald was already named the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year.
Stylish Hoods & Appliances: Kitchen features and appliances are now being designed for utmost efficiency and style. Decorative range hoods and “hidden” appliances designed to blend in with the rest of the decor are becoming popular ways to make features work overtime for both form and function.