Is your kitchen
begging for an update? Does that green and purple tile make you cringe on every
trip to the fridge? If so, now might be the time to explore the latest trends
in kitchen remodeling.
According to the
National Association of the Remodeling Industry's website, planning out exactly
what you want out of your kitchen remodel will help you set realistic budgets.
And if you're still
not sure what you want or even where to begin, don't panic. Here are some ideas
from our country-wide panel of design and contracting experts who agree these
are the six hot kitchen remodel trends for 2013.
Refacing Kitchen Cabinets
Do you want a fresh
look for your kitchen cabinets, but don't want to go through the hassle of
actually replacing them?
Good news: Kathleen
Donohue, an award-winning designer with Neil Kelly Designs, says that refacing
cabinets - not replacing - is in. Donohue says this trend is in
because people are watching how they spend their money. And since refacing is
the process of just changing cabinet doors while maintaining the original
cabinet structure, it's a much less expensive option.
And when it comes
to cabinet refacing, think simple and sleek, says Donohue.
cabinets, a clean, simple contemporary look is winning out, both from an
updating standpoint, and a trend to eliminate unnecessary clutter and fussy
details that equate to high maintenance and complicated living - both unpopular
trends," says Donohue.
Trend #2: Stone
and Solid Countertops
Are you dreaming
about a gleaming new countertop to spruce up your kitchen? Consider quartz
countertops, which experts say will be the material of choice in 2013 due to
countertops are losing ground to quartz composite countertops that are
no-maintenance and the closest thing to bullet-proof countertop materials
available today," says Donohue.
kitchen and bath designer, Patricia Davis Brown, says another reason for
quartz's popularity is that it has less fussy patterning than granite.
But quartz isn't
the only trendy material for counters in 2013, according to Mark Fies, board of
directors member for the Metro D.C. chapter of the National Association of the
Fies says more
homeowners are asking for concrete countertops to create a custom and eye
catching look. "With concrete you have endless colors to choose from, the
ability to shape the surface as you see fit, and you can even embed materials
and/or designs right into the surface," he says.
Are you thinking
about replacing your worn and ripped kitchen linoleum with gleaming hardwood
Good, because our
kitchen experts agree that hardwood floors remain a hot kitchen remodeling
trend for 2013, with a few new developments.
"I am starting to see lighter shades of wood floors again - something that
hasn't been seen in a while," says Chappaqua New York interior designer,
And Brown sees the
same trend in Florida. "The washed wood floors are back but, with a twist
- wider planks and hand scraping, giving a beachy feel," she says.
But hardwood floors
can be a lot of work in terms of both installation and maintenance. Luckily,
there are some options to give you that classic wood floor look - without the
Goldberg and Donohue are seeing a trend in hardwood-looking floors made from
durable and easier-to-install materials, such as engineered wood flooring,
which is made from a plywood base with a real hardwood veneer.
wood continues to be popular, but so is porcelain tile that looks like wood,
with less maintenance and better water tolerance," says Goldberg.
Adding a stylish
sink can drastically change the look of your kitchen. So what will be trending
in 2013? Fies says the answer is deep bowl sinks.
are still the rage," he says. "Although there are endless
possibilities with today's sinks, our homeowners want large, deep sinks to
accommodate their larger pots and pans. The debate between single or double
bowl is still in full effect, but we tend to see homeowners choosing the one
decided on the style, the next thing to consider is the material of the sink.
And in terms of what will be trending for 2013, Weinstein believes stainless
steel sinks will be hot due to their durability and flexibility.
look great for a very long time and work with both modern and traditional
cabinetry," he says.
If you've been
thinking about investing in new appliances, this could be the year to justify
buying that commercial stove. According to Weinstein, incorporating
commercial-style stoves and other useful built-in appliances in kitchen
remodeling projects is a hot trend for 2013.
stoves and stainless steel appliances continue to be used and enjoyed,"
she says. In addition, features that save homeowners time and space are
becoming increasingly popular. "One of her favorites is a hot water
dispenser. "They are great for a quick cup of tea, hot cocoa, or mixing
with boullion cube for a stock," she says.
Adding to that
concept, Goldberg says kitchen features that do double-duty and save valuable
kitchen space are also must-haves for 2013.
microwaves that double as second ovens and warming drawers, and refrigerators
with convertible drawers that can act as the fridge, freezer, or wine fridge.
that serve more than one need are hot," says Goldberg.
Mixing Cabinet Colors
Is dark brown too
bland, but red too vibrant? Will white cabinets turn a dull shade of gray after
the kids put their hands on them? If you can't decide on a color for your
kitchen cabinets, never fear - our experts say it isn't just one color that
will be trending in 2013, but rather a combination of colors.
longer need to choose between white, medium, or dark tone cabinetry," says
Fies. He adds that a variety of colors will provide visual interest, and can
immediately give your kitchen an updated, modern look.
So what are some
ways you could incorporate a combination of colors into your own kitchen?
"I am starting
to see kitchen cabinetry painted in shades of cream, taupe and gray, often
mixing in a darker wood for an island or the lower cabinets," says Fies.