Were you embarrassed to have people over this holiday season because you’re kitchen is in bad need of remodeling? If so then 2013 might be the time to finally get the remodeled kitchen you’ve always desired – but the reality is making decisions on a new kitchen can be daunting.
Learn below the 7 hottest kitchen design tips and market trends so your new renovation can combine a style that fits today’s market with function that will work for your family for years to come.
Design Tip & Trend 1 – A streamlined efficient, modern look – The National Kitchen and Bath Association has surveyed their members to find that a transitional kitchen had overtaken a traditional kitchen design for the first time – so it’s OK even in Midwest cities like Cleveland or Akron to remodel with a clean contemporary design – that will look cool and hold it’s value.
Design Tip & Trend 2 – Big Islands – Let’s face facts – the kitchen is not just for cooking it’s also the social center of the home! Big kitchen islands provide an excellent place for entertaining, a place for kids to get a quick bite to eat and also for multiple people to participate in cooking the meals. With the popularity of all the cooking shows on TV the kitchen is getting to be an even more popular room than it’s been in the past.
Design Tip & Trend 3 – Sustainable eco friendly wood flooring – The green movement is still gaining steam and the use of sustainable wood flooring is one example of the growing connection homeowners will have with the environment. If real wood flooring is too expensive consider the use of a lower cost engineered wood floor.
Design Tip & Trend 4 – Make your sinks and backsplashes a focal point – Sinks used to be the ugly stepchild of the kitchen and were just a functional element to put dirty dishes – well this attitude about the sink is out the window! Decorative deeper bowls made of stainless steel, copper and stone composites are becoming all the rage. The backsplash is another area to add a distinctive touch. Glass tiles will continue to grow in use in 2013 for their stylish looks and ease of cleaning.
Design Tip & Trend 5 – Commercial grade appliances – Maybe it’s because we’re watching too many Rachel Ray shows – but more homeowners are turning to professional grade appliances than ever before. In the right neighborhood an investment in a commercial style range or induction cooktop can really help a kitchen stand out (and will also add resale value as well).
Design Tip & Trend 6 – Mixed colors & concealed cabinets – There will be an increase of mixing cabinet colors in the same kitchen that was seldom seen before. In addition you’ll see (or not see) more hidden cabinets to hide appliances, trash compactors and wine coolers.
Design Tip & Trend 7 – Countertops that look nice and are easier to maintain – Kitchen counters have changed greatly over the years (in the old days almost every countertop was a laminate – boy how things are different today!). While natural stone granite counters will still be in demand they are predicted to be taken over in popularity in 2013 by quartz composite materials which are easier to maintain.
What do you think about these 7 kitchen design trends and ideas? Please comment below.
If you’re in the Akron, Clevelandor surrounding areas contact Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-658-1270) for design ideas and estimates on kitchen remodeling.