This is a question that comes up frequently in the remodeling industry, but it can be a tricky question to answer since every market sets there own trends. Here are some broad trends you can expect to see in 2013.
Shades of Gray
In recent years kitchens and bathrooms have seen an upward swing of gray being incorporated through cabinetry, backsplashes, counter tops and wall color. How can you not fall in love with this color? Its so chic and sophisticated!
Granite has been the counter surface material of choice for many designers and homeowners over the last decade. But there’s a new kid in town that has been gaining momentum in the last few years – Quartz! This year its significantly narrowed the gap with granite because of its low maintenance. Unlike granite, quartz doesn’t need to be sealed every year because its a non-porous product. Its also crack, scratch and stain resistant which is nice if you have a busy household – less to worry about!
Traditional, Transitional or Contemporary
Transitional continues to grow in popularity among homeowners because of its simplicity and warmth. Some of you may ask, “What is transitional?”. Transitional is a seamless blend of style between Traditional and Contemporary. Such a versatile design that maintains a classic and timeless look.
Contemporary kitchens and bathrooms are also very popular right now. Many homeowners are finding themselves wanting to unwind after a long day of work, and for some there is something relaxing about a “less is more” type of room. Contemporary offers clean, minimal and straight lines, but more importantly it can offer lots of warmth with the right colors.
It comes as no surprise that LED (light-emitting diode) is being specified more and more by designers. The reason for this is not only are they highly energy efficient, unlike halogen or incandescent bulbs, LED’s stay cool. Let’s talk about the longevity of LED’s – they can last up to 100,000 hours! That’s pretty impressive, considering incandescent last up to 1,000 hours and fluorescent up to 15,000 hours. Ask your designer or contractor about LED’s if you are remodeling home – they offer such versatility from overhead lighting to undercabinet lighting, or if you’re looking to show off serveware in glass-fronted cabinets LED’s makes for a great option!
Pull out faucets are still the most used faucet, but touch-activated faucets are quickly growing in popularity. With the wave of a hand or the touch of your elbow or wrist, these touchless faucets enable cooks with messy hands to turn water on and off easily between cooking tasks.
Hope these few updates give you some ideas for any upcoming renovations you may have planned!