Design Trends of 2013: 5 Ways to Update Your Kitchen

Design Trends of 2013: 5 Ways to Update Your Kitchen
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    The kitchen is the heart of the home, but when your decor is drab and your appliances are on their last leg, it may be the place you avoid the most.


If you’ve resolved to eat out less, lose weight or just enjoy being at home more in 2013, consider a kitchen makeover to help you stick to your resolution. Here are 5 design trends to embrace in 2013 to update your kitchen:

1.) Add Bold Wall Designs

Have you spent hours dribbling saliva at the mouth over chic, bold wallpaper designs on Pinterest but can’t bring yourself to commit? Give repositionable wallpaper a try. These large scale wall decals can be added to any wall in your kitchen to create the appearance of a vivid wallpaper design and can be easily removed if you’re tired of it or change your mind over the look. Try peel and stick wallpaper from top brands such as Sherwin Williams, Wall Candy Arts and Murals Your Way.

2.) Install Ambient Lighting

Is your kitchen light a little too all or nothing for your needs? As the kitchen continues to be the central gathering spot in the home, it’s important to add ambient LED lighting to provide a soft lighting alternative. These small energy-efficient lights are compact enough to be added anywhere that you need a little light in the kitchen, such as:

  • Above cabinets
  • Below cabinets
  • Wall coves
  • Toe kicks
  • Tray ceilings

For areas where counter or shelf space is at a premium, look into under-cabinet light fixtures like LED lights at Kichler, which emit a soft glow and allow you to gain visibility in areas which would otherwise not get illumination.

3.) Update Cabinetry, Swap Out Faces or Add Paint

Have you grown bored with your kitchen cabinetry? Before you shell out the money to replace the cabinets, try painting or refacing them. If painting, try a quick-drying paint that’s specifically formulated for cabinets, such as Nuvo Cabinet Paint, which doesn’t require primer or cabinetry removal and dries within a few hours. Don’t think paint will be enough of a change? Upgrade to new cabinet faces for a fraction of the price of completely replacing cabinets.

4.) Lighten Up the Flooring

Dark, ebony hardwood flooring is on its way out of style, giving way to lighter finishes. Engineered hardwood in hand scraped, wide planks is a safe choice offering both a modern look that requires less maintenance and shows wear and tear better than other types of hardwood flooring. Home decor experts at recommend choosing “maple, hickory, oak or bamboo in natural, bleached or even whitewashed shades.”

5.) Get Ready Smart Appliances

San Diego-based kitchen and bath designer recently told that modern kitchens in 2013 “will include European frameless laminate cabinetry, multi-tasking appliances, hands-free faucets, and increased smartphone and tablet functionality.” Smart appliances allow you to do everything from adjust the temperature of your refrigerator to preheat the oven, and start the clothes dryer, all from your smartphone. LG and Samsung are expected to release smart home appliances on the market this year for new kitchen trends.



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