Kitchens are the central part of almost every home and a kitchen remodel is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. According to the home design site Houzz remodeling is on the rise in 2013 and a kitchen remodel is at the top of a lot of homeowners’ wish list. Here is a list of a few kitchen remodel trends for 2013 that can help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams.
Soft or Neutral Colors
Darker finishes and bright colors are popular for cabinetry and décor respectively but homeowners are opting for neutral colors for the overall scheme of their kitchen. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) grey color schemes have seen a dramatic increase in kitchen remodels since 2010.
Over the years white cabinets have always been a popular choice, but in the past two years there has been a huge jump in popularity. In a 2013 survey by the NKBA 67 percent of respondents chose white as their first choice in cabinetry, up from 47 percent just two years earlier.
“Green” Materials and Products
Many homeowners are paying more attention to sustainability when doing a kitchen remodel. Reclaimed wood flooring and countertops, led lighting, recycled materials, glass backsplashes, and energy star appliances are just a few eco-friendly choices for consumers.
While it still finishes in second behind perennial favorite granite, quartz has made a huge jump in popularity this year. Homeowners like quartz for their kitchen remodel because it is a perfect harmony of the beauty of stone and the easy care of solid surfaces. Quartz has a long lifetime, is scratch resistant, available in multiple colors, and does not need to be sealed.
Kitchen lighting is no longer only functional, it is also an expression of your personality. Hand-blown-glass shades on pendant lights, modern drum shades and sophisticated chandeliers are ways homeowners can infuse their style into a kitchen without making a big commitment.