It is a new year and this means that there are some new trends in the world of home decorating. Trends in the kitchen have not changed too much from last year, but you can surely find a few things that need to be updated in your home. 2013 is focused on not only being modern, but also being comfortable and that is what is driving this year’s trends.
Dark or White Cabinetry
If you are into blonde woods then you may want to reevaluate because white and dark woods are what are in right now. Light woods do not lend to the contemporary vibe that is trending right now. In addition to being white or dark wood, glass cabinet doors are also very in. Yes, this means that you need to keep your shelves pretty neat and that it is in your best interest to have matching plates, cups and cookware.
Islands are very in right now. If you have a kitchen that is just too small you can always get a butcher’s block or a smaller cart on wheels and use these as pseudo islands. Islands help to direct the flow through an open floor plan. They also provide plenty of extra cooking space, so even with a small kitchen, you can greatly benefit from this trend.
Ceramic and Porcelain Countertops
You can get these to look like just about anything from wood, to stone to fabric. This will also save you a lot of cash when compared to granite and other expensive stones. These also are very heat resistant so you can set a pot or pan right on them when you are cooking and not have to worry about ruining them at all.
All of those things you see in magazines are in for all kitchens now. These include things like a ventless fireplace, unique backsplashes, vent hoods and espresso machines. These add style and they are also very functional and can provide you with a little dose of extra luxury. You can surely think of other extra luxuries that you have seen in those fancy magazine kitchens. Of course, you can choose only those that fit into your kitchen and personal style.
Hardwood floors are in and they are far easier to care for than other materials so this is really a win-win. Laminate hard wood is something that you could really install yourself so you can save a lot of cash in terms of the installation. Once this is down, a steam mop is a quick, easy and effective way to keep this type of flooring clean. Go with wider planks and match the flooring to the cabinetry. If you have white cabinets, a really dark wood works very well.
Stainless Steel Appliances
Gone are the days of white and black appliances. Stainless steel is very sleek and modern. It is also very easy to care for and does not rust or start to look old. This is a really nice because you can quickly wipe it down and be on your way. There is no need to scrub it down like you had to do with you old stove, fridge and other appliances. You can find all appliances in stainless steel now, including coffee pots and other small appliances.
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About the author: Jillian Watkinson is a DIY expert and has written about home and gardens for many years. When she’s not writing, you can find her covering Community Home in Chicago and other useful supply companies for various projects.