Home Maintainance Series – Reimagining the Kitchen: Trends for 2013

Many of us are looking to upgrade our homes, why not start with the kitchen? A cozy redo could not only improve your mood while cooking, you could also add value to your home. Read this article by John Riha at HouseLogic.com and tell me what you would like to alter in your kitchen.

Article From HouseLogic.com

By: John Riha
Published: January 30, 2013

Today’s kitchen is a quick-change artist that adores families and loves simplicity.

If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, we’ve got good news and bad news.

First, the good stuff. According to trend experts Lita Dirks and Dominick Tringali, you don’t have to shell out major cash to add space. Instead, look to expand what you already have. Vault your ceiling, add windows, squeeze in clever storage ideas. Make the space work harder, not bigger.

Plus, relax. Casual kitchens are trending, with doo-dads and gee-gaws (think elaborate trim and vent hoods that look like medieval castles) going away, and simpler, sleeker designs coming on strong.

Speaking on kitchen trends at the 2013 International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas, interior designer Dirks and architect Tringali teamed up to describe the new American kitchen (http://www.houselogic.com/home-improvement/rooms/kitchens/) as one piece of a larger, open floor plan.

It’s all part of a new kitchen gestalt that Dirks describes as the “prep-eat-play” triangle, with flexibility and casual living as key ingredients. The notion tosses the kitchen into a design blender along with living, dining, and family rooms, and frappes everything into communal happiness.

Example: You can eat at a comfy banquette, or in front of the TV (don’t tell your child-development counselor), or in the breakfast nook, or you can belly up to the island. No rules!

The bad news (OK, it’s not that bad) is that we’ve heard some of this before. Open floor plans have been around since the moon landing and yes, we like them. A lot. What we really have here is affirmation – and freedom to create kitchens that are less ornate and yet have more personality.

Just like you.

Of course, Dirks and Trengali definitely have the pulse of today’s home owner and offer some great take aways. We’ve combined their goodies with our own kitchen trendspotting for 2013. If you’re planning a kitchen redo, here’s what you need to know:

Contemporary kitchens are In. Specifically, they’re getting simpler and more modern, with less elaborate detail and trim. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association reports that in its annual survey of kitchen designers, “transitional” design – meaning a simple, more modern aesthetic – has surpassed “traditional” as the preferred design for the first time in the association’s history.

Kitchen cabinets are dark, or white. Darker, furniture-like finishes are popular, but so is pure white. The middle ground – think natural oak – is going away. Dark finishes help the kitchen integrate into the overall scheme; pure white is the ultimate accent color that readily complements the rest of the living area.

Islands rule. Kitchen islands are becoming more multi-dimensional, serving as food-prep areas, snack stations, wine storage (http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/home-improvement/wine-storage/), and display cabinets for objects d’art. Also, they’re essential for directing traffic flow within an open floor plan, channelling guests toward comfy seating areas, for example. Small kitchen? Go with a rolling cart that’s there when you need it.

Countertop revolution. Say hi to porcelain and ceramic slabs that look like stone, wood, and fabric, says Jamie Gold (http://www.jgkitchens.com), a California designer. The product is made from clay, quartz, and feldspar that’s subjected to high heat – just like regular tile. Unlike other engineered countertops, this product doesn’t use cements or resin binders. It’s not readily available in the U.S. yet.

Appliances are disappearing. In the past, we loved our commercial-style kitchen appliances that made us look like we really knew how to cook. Now, appliances (http://www.houselogic.com/maintenance-repair/preventative-home-maintenance/appliances/) are hiding behind wood panels and faux veneers (http://www.houselogic.com/blog/home-improvement/faux-stainless-steel/) so they integrate better with the overall living space. New finishes, such as GE’s slate and Whirlpool’s Ice White, are bucking the stainless steel trend, but don’t bet on stainless going away anytime soon – it’s still hot.

Espresso yourself. An eye-catching extra gives a kitchen a blast of personality. Cool sinks (http://www.houselogic.com/photos/kitchens/kitchen-sink-pictures/) and high-tech faucets (http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/kitchens/high-tech-kitchen-faucet-hip-smart-retrofit/) are au courant. Other possibilities include:

•Stylish vent hood.

•Ventless fireplace (http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/fireplaces-chimneys/ventless-fireplaces-what-you-need-know/).

•Espresso machine.

•One-of-a-kind tiles as accents on kitchen backsplashes (http://www.houselogic.com/photos/kitchens/backsplash-ideas/) and countertops.

Glass finishes. Glistening glass is popping up everywhere in the kitchen, especially glass tiles installed as backsplashes. Applying clear glass panels over walls painted soft colors gives a deep sheen that harmonizes with today’s contemporary looks. Bonus: It’s easy to clean (http://www.houselogic.com/home-topics/cleaning/).

Grab some fresh air. Outdoor kitchens (http://www.houselogic.com/home-topics/outdoor-kitchens/) and entertaining areas are hot. Your indoor kitchen should have an outdoor doppelganger close by, available through wide glass doors.

About gvenice

I have over 25 years of electrical engineering and business management experience. I previously owned and managed a multi million dollar engineering firm. My work took me all over the globe, managing the construction of manufacturing plants where I built a reputation of providing superior service, getting projects done on time and within or under budget. My dedication to the fine details and logical approach to accomplishing tasks provide a huge benefit to my Real Estate clients. After selling my business and retiring to this area, I found a new passion in the Real Estate business and I bring to this business the same level of professional skill and conduct that has made mr successful in the past. My global exposure and extensive travel are also an asset when dealing with a customer base that is located worldwide. An avid boater, I have a thourough understanding of the waterways of East Tennessee and the intricacies involved in dealing with the TVA and the Army Corps of Engineers.
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