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5 Kitchen Trends For 2013: Are They Right For You?

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It’s always interesting to dust off the crystal ball early in the year and take a gaze into the future. At least that’s what designers in the building and remodeling industry try to do. Of course not everyone’s crystal ball is tuned in to the same frequency. And naturally, just because someone says something is going to happen is no guarantee that it will.

Still, designers try to keep their fingers on the pulse of the public so that they can give homeowners what they really want. Here are a few of the trends we see developing. Whether or not they’re right for you—only you can decide. It’s still fun to consider them! There are lots of potential trends out there, but here are five that you may find interesting (and useful).

1. Kitchen sinks with style. Some designers are noticing a move away from the traditional double sink in the kitchen in favor of a single sink that is deep and wide enough to accommodate large cooking sheets or even roasting pans. As far as materials go, quartz composite sinks are becoming more popular, but stainless sinks still rule the kitchen.

2. New backsplash material. Although tile remains very popular as a backsplash material—because it offers so much versatility—more homeowners are exploring the possibilities that glass/stone/tile composites offer. They add a depth and luster that conventional tile can’t match.

3. Clean-line cabinets in the kitchen. There seems to be a move away from design elements that require a lot of maintenance. That applies not only to the materials being used, but also to a cleaner, simpler, less-cluttered style.

4. Designing for the long haul. As an increasing number of mature adults make plans to stay in their homes longer, there is an increase in designs that help people age-in-place. While it doesn’t ignore style, there is an emphasis on comfort, functionality and safety.

5. On-going green. It’s obvious that environmentally friendly, sustainable design is here to stay. Homeowners want a healthy living environment that is free of toxins and harsh chemicals. That includes using materials with low VOC (volatile organic compounds) in order to improve indoor air quality.

There are always news developments popping up all the time—and we try to keep tabs on what’s happening so that we can pass them on to you. Of course, just because something is a trend, doesn’t mean it’s necessarily right for you. If you have questions, shoot us a note. We’d be happy to help you find solutions that fit your specific lifestyle.