Six top kitchen trends for 2013
The kitchen is the place to be in the New Year, as people now spend the majority of their home lives in the heart of the house. The kitchen is a family-orientated space personal to the family who spend their time there. For those looking at updating their kitchen as a new year’s resolution, there are some trends you should know about that could elevate your new or existing kitchen from good to great.
The contemporary look takes elements that have been popular in kitchens for some time. The trick is to put them all together in one place. Chrome worktops, stainless steel appliances, environmentally-friendly recycling facilities and splashes of colour will give your kitchen a look of understated chic. These days it’s easy to find fitted kitchens online that you can get ideas from to achieve the modern look you want.
How does one introduce the country-feel into a city kitchen? Simple. They use the tried and tested ‘country living’ look. Think cast iron sinks, brass fixtures, plenty of dried flowers and some aluminium signs from the local garden centre or craft shop. Put some home baked bread in the oven and breathe in the Lake District tranquility, even if you’re in the heart of London.
Cooking shows have never been more popular. In fact, it feels like you could choose a different celebrity chef to watch every night of the week at the moment. No doubt the craze will continue into the New Year, and home kitchens are set to follow. Watch the trend for large surfaces, spacious islands and as much space as possible, for home chefs looking to take their kitchen to Michelin star level.
Think woollen blankets in winter, ornaments and pictures, toys and games. In short, fill your kitchen with your things. Stop short of clutter, but don’t be afraid to add your identity to the kitchen for that personal and lived-in look.
Kitchens are now the meeting place for family and friends in most homes, which means that a spotlight in the middle of the room just doesn’t cut it these days. Add ambient lighting in the form of lamps, down lighting and LED bulbs secreted below cabinets to add the homely touch.
Monochrome is the look that never gets tired. That iconic mixture of dark and light is going to be big in the kitchen in 2013. From black and white tiled floors to light units that are topped with dark counter tops, this trend can be used everywhere in the kitchen. And what is even more appealing is that if you’re not thinking of completely replacing your kitchen then this is a look that can be achieved by yourself with a brush and some paint. Like monochrome, DIY is also certainly still in fashion.