7 kitchen remodeling design trends and ideas for 2013

7 kitchen remodeling design trends and ideas for 2013

Were you embarrassed to have people over the winter holidays because your kitchen badly needs to be remodeled? If so then 2013 might be the time to finally get the remodeled kitchen you’ve always desired – but the reality is that making design decisions on a new kitchen can be daunting.

Learn about the seven 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.

Kitchen design trend No. 1: A streamlined, 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 its value.

Kitchen design trend No. 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.

Kitchen design trend No. 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.

Kitchen design trend No. 4: Making sinks and backsplashes a focal point

The sinks used to be the ugly stepchild of the kitchen - just a functional element to put dirty dishes in. But 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.

Kitchen design trend No. 5: Commercial-grade appliances

Maybe it’s because we’ve been 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).

Kitchen design trend No. 6: Mixed colors and 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.

Kitchen design trend No. 7: Beautiful countertops that are easy 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 that  are easier to maintain.

What do you think about these 7 kitchen design trends and ideas? Please comment below.

About this Angie's List Expert: Mike Foti is the president of Innovate Building Solutions, a nationwide supplier of unique universal and accessible design products, glass block windows, showers, walls and bars, and the parent company of highly rated Cleveland Glass Block, an Angie's List Super Service Award winner. In regional markets (including Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus, Ohio) Innovate Building Solutions' divisions perform complete bathroom, kitchen and basement remodeling, installations of glass blocks, bathtub liners, shower wall surrounds, replacement windows and entry doors.

As of January 21, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.


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