As the American economy slowly rebuilds, homeowners are scaling back and settling in to a cozier, smaller space. Design trends for 2013 reflect what we now want in our lives: smart, warm and snug spaces where we can bond with our families and friends.
This years kitchen color trends bring back the basics—think creamy browns, greens, navy and reds. Dark colors, stainless steel and granites will be replaced with colors and styles reminiscent of farmers markets and country roads.
"Cabinetry with colorful finishes adds a burst of personality to your kitchen walls," said Sarah Reep, director of designer relations and education at KraftMaid Cabinetry. "KraftMaid's variety of woods and finishes make it easy to personalize your kitchen with the styles and colors that inspire you."
Popular colors for cabinetry will be earth-inspired tones, such as KraftMaid's Vintage Sage and Chocolate finishes. Want something brighter? KraftMaid's Cardinal with Onyx Glaze cabinet finish is a perfect fit.
Bigger is no longer necessarily better, according to homeowners. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the average size of homes in 2008 went from 2,629 square feet in the second quarter to 2,438 square feet in the third quarter.
With spaces shrinking, personalized storage solutions have become a growing trend. A 2010 survey by Better Homes and Gardens found that 66 percent of survey participants said that no-space-wasted design and ample storage will be features included in their next home. Whether they're organizing their food, spices, wine, garbage or laundry, homeowners want efficient, customizable storage spaces.
"KraftMaid Harmony™ Storage Solutions make up one of the most comprehensive lines of storage solutions in the cabinet industry," said Reep. "With more than 200 innovative and elegant options broken down by room, work zone and solution, homeowners are sure to find a place for everything."
Cooking is no longer a solitary effort, and kitchens no longer serve only a single purpose. In a 2010 survey, the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence found that 30 percent of adults considered their kitchen the center of activity in the home. Whether used for paying bills, doing work or homework or entertaining guests, the kitchen continues to evolve into the hub for family activities.
"With hectic schedules, families have less time to interact during the day," said Mark Ayers, vice president of marketing for KraftMaid Cabinetry. "The kitchen is the one room in the house where dinner can be prepared, bills can be paid and homework can be finished all at the same time. Opening kitchens up to the family is a great way to bring everyone together."
Start by spicing up your eating area and incorporating stylish seating into an island or peninsula. Support a countertop overhang with KraftMaid's decorative Olive Leaf Corbels for a traditional look, or with Plain Square Posts for casual style. Build in a beautiful banquette—one of today's hottest trends—with cabinetry components and finishing details for a truly custom look.
There's always plenty of work to spread around in the kitchen. Secondary work zones create areas for the specialized activities that take place in today's multifunctional kitchen. Lower-than-standard counter heights create a baking center perfect for kneading bread or rolling out cookies; a second sink in an island allows multiple cooks to help with food prep or cleanup.
Resolutions and Design Solutions
New design trends are already making their mark for 2012. As you make resolutions to slow down, scale back and enjoy more time at home, we can help with the details.
No matter what direction you're looking to go, Just Cabinets Furniture & More will have the trend-on cabinetry, storage solutions and color tones and finishes that will fit any style now and for years to come.