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Top Kitchen Trends In 2013

by CustomHomes on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

If you are building a custom home or remodeling your current kitchen, you will want to consider popular kitchen trends when deciding what you want your kitchen to look like. Following is an overview of some popular trends that will help to make this room of the house both aesthetically pleasing and practical.

The Simple, Contemporary Style

More and more homeowners are going for a simple, contemporary style of kitchen and it is not hard to see why. Such kitchens are not only good looking but also very easy to work in. Such a kitchen has easy to use, simple appliances, a quartz or stainless steel countertop and laminate cabinets. The appliances are colorful but the wall tiles are usually white.

Hardwood Flooring

Wood has an appeal that is hard to beat. Its unique grain and natural beauty has made it a favorite flooring option for many years and it is now one of the trendiest kitchen flooring options for 2013. Lighter colors are currently more popular than dark colors, but a dark shade of brown can also be very attractive.

Genuine hardwood can be expensive and hard to maintain, but laminate wood and engineered wood flooring can be two affordable good alternatives to using real wood. Both types of flooring are easy to install and will not warp or get stained easily.

Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands are in this year because they are not only good looking but also serve many different purposes. They can be used for eating, serving snacks or for small appliances. Pendant lighting is usually installed over an island area both to highlight the island and make it easy for a person to use this space for food prep.

Trendy Appliances

Appliances make a big difference in the look and feel of the kitchen. Stainless steel appliances such as stoves and refrigerators are still trendy this year. Choose a style that is simple and easy to clean and maintain.

While kitchen islands provide plenty of space, most homeowners are in the market for multipurpose appliances that perform more than one task simultaneously. Microwaves that can double as a second oven and/or have an attached coffee maker, refrigerators with convertible drawers for wine or frozen products and small appliances that can easily be hidden behind a panel are all popular options this year.

Anyone who is building or remodeling a kitchen this year will want to pay attention to this year’s trends and at least carefully consider them before choosing a new look for the kitchen. While there are some aspects of kitchen decor that are definitely trendy and others that are definitely not, there is a lot of room for creativity and many different stylish options that a person can choose from. Consider how much space your kitchen has, how much you can afford to spend on a kitchen remodeling job and other important factors and then choose a trendy kitchen style that would best suit your needs and those of your family.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com