2012 was quite an interesting year in terms of kitchen design, considering that it marked the decline of the cherry wood, the most popular material for cabinetry for over a decade. Well, if you thought last year was exciting, wait until you hear about the trends of 2013. As predicted by most interior designers, this year, it’s all about mixing textures, emphasizing on the kitchen furniture details while maintaining a glamorous simplicity and sustainability at the same time. Let’s elaborate!
For people who believed that sustainable energy appliances are just a fad for the rich and powerful, they couldn’t be more wrong. LED lighting solutions have come a long way since they first appeared on the market, meaning that nowadays they are fully capable of providing the same amount of light with half the resources. It is very possible that the factor that has had a big role to play in this trend is the current US government ban of the 100 and 75 watts incandescent bulbs. While the critics claim this is the work of certain lighting companies, the truth is that LED lights are becoming more affordable day by day.
The ingenious mixture of textures
Last year was all about the polished, seamless surfaces and a consistent style and thematic. This year the design trends have changed considerably and, as far as it can already be noticed from the sketches of some interior designers, the hottest thing is the combination of natural and artificial materials. For instance, while in 2012 the wooden benchtop was a hit, this year the timber is present only in the veneers and the finishes are made of either laminate or polyurethane.
In addition, the gloss and luster that were right on the money last year have cleared the way for the flat and solid surfaces. Speaking of gloss, it is necessary to mention that it hasn’t disappeared completely from the kitchen design, but rather it became more subtle and it is available in the form of bronze details.
Subtle, yet right on the spot details
As you could notice at the end of 2012, the kitchen furbishing started to borrow a little from living room furniture design. Essentially, what this means for the kitchen cabinetry and benchtops is that they will be available in minor and subtle, still awe-inspiring details. However, it is necessary to point out that these details take on fascinating shapes, as they can come in the form of interesting joints between the benchtop and the cabinetry, small and bold bronze details and even void spaces.
The simplistic and minimal
Even though the glossy surfaces are out and the furniture is available in extraordinary combinations of materials, the simplistic and minimalistic remain the favorite touch of high street designers. In all fairness, this could only mean good news for those of you who are currently struggling with a crummy kitchen, considering that the main advantage of the minimalistic design is the ability to open up the space. Needless to say that a classic kitchen with a simple design was and will always be timeless!
Robert White is a home improvement expert and is focussing on kitchen design nowadays. He says that Laminate Benchtops are being used largely for kitchen designing by all designers.