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5 Kitchen Trends to Watch For in 2013

By Linda Doell Created: February 19, 2013 Last Updated: February 19, 2013
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Look for greens to be the new neutral colour, with the rest of the room’s colour scheme built around it. (San Francisco General Contractor Mascheroni Construction)

Look for greens to be the new neutral colour, with the rest of the room’s colour scheme built around it. (San Francisco General Contractor Mascheroni Construction)

A home’s kitchen is a place for family and friends to gather and to entertain. It’s where meals and memories are made. Indeed, most people agree, the kitchen is the heart of the home.

Whether you’re buying a new house or remodelling, future trends for the kitchen are alive with creativity. To help with designing your own kitchen, we’ve compiled a list of five 2013 trends for the kitchen space.

1. Colour

In its 2013 colour guide for home furnishings and interior design, the Pantone Color Institute predicted that colours will have to pull double duty and “coax and cajole, soothe or astonish, renew and replenish,” according to the institute’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman.

“At the same time, there will be the consumer’s expectation of practicality—what colours will have staying power and can be relied upon as a steadying influence in unsteady times,” she said.

“Skillfully balanced colour palettes that play to their practical side, while satisfying their aspirations, hopes, and needs for something novel will remain key to enticing the would-be consumer or client.”

One colour to pay particular attention to in 2013 kitchens is green. Look for greens to be the new neutral colour, with the rest of the room’s colour scheme built around it.

2. Clean lines

Matching appliances to the cabinets gives a clean, streamlined look. (Seong Mo/Photos.com)

Matching appliances to the cabinets gives a clean, streamlined look. (Seong Mo/Photos.com)

Expect to see more integrated appliances for a streamlined look and feel. The microwaves, stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers and more can match the cabinets to give an organized, neat look to the kitchen.

3. Mixed finishes

Combine painted surfaces with finished cabinets to give an eclectic look to the kitchen. Retro kitchens with designs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s, and even steampunk themes, give character to the room. Exotic woods, 3D textures, and faux finishes also give depth and texture to the kitchen decor.

4. Shapes

Geometric curves and straight lines add a modern feel to the 2013 kitchen and reflect the trend of staying home and entertaining there. The energy of shapes in design—chunky tables, unique backsplashes and brightly coloured panels—moves the eye around the room.

5. Murals and artwork

Give a sense of nostalgia with murals, posters, framed photos and other artwork. The mix of mediums helps to tie in the different elements of design in the room and add a sense of style, according to

Comfree.com, a Canadian real estate blog.

Article originally published by EiEi Homes Inc. For more information on articles, reviews, and contractors in your area, please see their website at www.eieihome.com.

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