Remodelers are celebrating their New Year’s resolutions with a nod to the latest design trends; this, in an economic climate still struggling to find its way, according to Certified Kitchen Designer, Susan Serra in her article on FreshHome.com, “What’s Hot in the Kitchen? Design Trends for 2013.”
Homeowners are being quite savvy about their spending, for sure, and seem to be going for design ideas that will last awhile—both in years and acceptability. It may be no surprise, then, that a “philosophy” of neutrality will prevail:
“…homeowners want to buy smart for longevity which translates to neutral finishes for big ticket items such as cabinetry, countertops and flooring.”
Nowhere, no way, does the word ‘boring’ show up in her overview of the trends. In fact, a new way of saying ‘Country Life’ in the kitchen will show a distinct “appreciation of nature” and a whole lot of “natural finishes and textures” to contrast simply designed cabinetry.
When it comes to that all-important selection of appliances, the movement is away from traditional ‘cooking’ methods to induction, which uses the pot or pan as the ‘original generator of cooking heat.’
As Serra points out, the growing interest in induction cook tops is part of the sweeping trend to focus on kitchen appliances embedded with gourmet features.
Making the kitchen space itself more suitable to socializing is key to an effective floor plan, notes Serra; and that means a lot of appliances that have been built into the space, or even “concealed.”
Overall, the remodeling trend will definitely focused on “convenience” with a floor plan that is easy to “move around in.”
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