With a new year comes a flood of new trends for sprucing up your home. If you’re looking to give your kitchen a face lift, there are certainly some hot new kitchen styles you should know about. Here’s a list of just a few trends that designers are suggesting for 2013.
- Neutral finishes: Whether it’s on countertops, cabinets or even flooring designers are avoiding the bright, bold colors of older kitchens and sticking to shades of brown and white this year. These neutral colors give your kitchen a warm, clean, inviting look that will stand the test of time. And good news; you don’t have to completely replace your current cabinetry to achieve this new look! Refinish or reface your kitchen cabinets to update your kitchens look without destroying your budget. “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,” said Kathleen Donohue, an award-winning designer with Neil Kelly Designs.
- Hardwood Floors: That’s right. Hardwood kitchen floors remain a hot kitchen remodeling trend this year. Whether you want to go with a dark wood to offset your white cabinetry, or a light wood to contrast your dark cabinetry, you can’t go wrong with hardwood floors. Is there anything that looks better in a kitchen than gleaming, clean wooden floors? We don’t think so!
- Functionality: Whether you’re entertaining a big group, or cooking with your mother-in-law, your kitchen should perform as effortlessly as possible under all types of pressure. Most importantly, your kitchen should be designed for convenient cabinet access and storage. If cooking with others is a struggle in your kitchen because one of you is always in the way, it might be time to either rearrange your drawers or upgrade to more accessible cabinetry. In fact, most designers and contractors agree that cabinetry is the area to splurge on when you remodel your kitchen. Cabinets are constantly used around the kitchen, so it is essential that the cabinets you choose during your remodel project resist wear for at least 20 years.
- Mixed cabinet colors: If you’re bored with the same cabinet colors all around your kitchen, now’s the time to mix it up. One of the more popular cabinet color trends is to use different, darker color cabinets on island cabinets or on the lower cabinets. This way, when children get into lower cabinets they won’t stain or gray light colored cabinetry. Some color trends include mix-and-match kitchen cabinetry painted in those neutral shades of cream, taupe and gray.