Kitchen and Beyond: Stainless Steel & Top Kitchen Trends For 2013
By John Voket
As I begin the first few tentative steps into my own 'kitchen and beyond' remodeling project, we'll be sharing with you a number of ideas and tips learned along the way. One of the early resources for ideas about kitchen remodeling was Stanton Homes (stantonhomes.com) in Apex, NC.
Many of the latest homes that company is designing locate kitchens directly off, or open to the home's large great rooms. These Stanton kitchen now looks less "kitcheny" and more often like an inviting place to gather and entertain, with decorative elements that are strong right now include natural finishes like wood and stone complimented by glass, shiny metallics, special attention to lighting details, and even crystal.
Andrea Enns, Stanton Homes' Interior Design expert also reaffirmed that it is quite a "safe" to invest in stainless steel appliances and finishes. Enns says since stainless steel has been used in the best kitchens for over a century due to its universal appeal, its ability to provide a sterile surface, its shiny appearance, as well as its association with luxury.
On another front, the Consumer's Voice for Kitchen and Bath Remodeling (myconsumersvoice.com) is promoting three new kitchen trends for 2013, including:
- Soft Contemporary – A simpler approach of the modern kitchen, a soft contemporary design doesn’t have as many harsh lines, but more soft accents throughout the space. This look can be achieved through modern accents in a more traditional space such as contemporary bar stools or lighting.
- New Traditional – Instead of the “transitional” kitchen name, new traditional is much like transitional but has more emphasis on classic touches. Instead of the large, overbearing feel of a traditional kitchen, the new traditional design feels much lighter.
- Eclectic – This design trend is less of one style as it is a mixture of many. We see a lot of spaces putting together different finishes, patterns and textures to create a space that is truly one of a kind.
We will focus on other remodeling and historic restoration projects as our 'Kitchen and Beyond...' series continues.