Friday, August 16, 2013

Kitchen Trends for 2013

The National Kitchen & Bath Association conducted a 2013 member survey and identified some of today’s top style choices in kitchen design. Here is insider information on a few of them.

The color choice of cabinets is one of the most important decisions when redoing a kitchen because it sets the look. In the National Kitchen & Bath Association survey, 67 percent of respondents said that white was their first choice for cabinetry. This is a jump of 20 percent in just the past two years.
Homeowners want stylish, durable, and easy to care for products which is why quartz counter surfaces were chosen as the most popular countertops in 2013. They are made of about 90 percent natural quartz mixed with pigments, polymers and resins and require no special maintenance. The most popular colors right now are white and gray.

Although white and off-white are still the top colors, shades of gray are becoming popular for cabinets, counters and walls. Gray is a neutral color that can be paired with many accent colors and looks clean and modern, whether it is a driftwood gray wood finish or glossy gray coating.


Many homeowners are installing LED lighting, especially below cabinets. LED bulbs are more efficient and generate little heat. LED is more expensive in the beginning, but they save on electricity, are cool, and last a long time.
Kitchen renovations are not just about functionality and beauty, they can also incorporate the latest technology. Touch-activated faucets and hands-free faucets are gaining popularity in kitchen remodeling. Hands-free faucets respond to consumers’ kitchen work styles and help prevent the spread of germs.

Satin nickel has been the most popular faucet finish for the past several years. The matte nickel finish reflects the increasingly modern kitchen.

A survey found that polished nickel and polished chrome were less requested than last year, and the duller finish was growing in popularity. Some designers feel satin nickel best complements stainless steel appliances, others say the gray metal color sets off gray cabinets, counters and walls.
The preference for glass backsplashes has grown dramatically. With neutral colors ruling incabinets and counters, glass tile is a great way to add color and personality. Reds, greens, blues, and other vibrant colors are trending right now. Light blue glass tiles are popular as they give a traditional look when paired with white cabinets.
Kruse Home Improvement specializes in kitchen renovations. If you’re looking to do a kitchen remodel, call us today to for a quote at 860.877.0775.  Also, check out our gallery for kitchen remodel ideas at Kruse Home Improvement.

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