Kitchen Design Trends 2012
Research shows homeowners are choosing to stay in their homes longer and, according to a survey by the American Institute of Architects, they prefer to combine household living space with kitchen space. These trends are being coupled with a growing interest in adaptability and universal design features.
The trend toward staying in your home longer goes hand in hand with your desire to design a kitchen for yourself. “Most people remodel for themselves and want the kitchen to function and look just as they have imagined their dream kitchen,” says Ed Hantel of Hantel Kitchens & Baths.
Accommodating the need for convenience and universal design is Shelf Genie of Nashville which specializes in pull-out shelving for existing cabinetry. “Homeowners want to get what they want in the way of convenience because they view it as a long-term investment in a home they plan to stay in for years to come,” says Charlie Rose. “These homeowners think about designing a functional kitchen for their own use as they age in place.”
According to a recent proprietary research survey conducted by MasterBrand Cabinets, young homeowners younger than 24 years or age are more likely to choose dark cabinetry stain or finish, while those 35 years and older gravitate toward lighter or natural stains and finishes.
New kitchens are sleek and simple with functionality being the number one priority, according to Jennifer Markanich of Timeless Interiors. “We are seeing less traditional styles and more transitional styles in cabinetry. Additionally, we are seeing colored island cabinetry surrounded by wood tone or white cabinets.
“While white and off-whites continue to be the most popular color schemes,” says Markanich. “But we have seen shades of gray and green dramatically increase in the last few years. Pops of brighter color are appearing in backsplashes, decorative lighting, wall color, accessories, and art.”
Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, says, “We are seeing more natural finishes where the wood grain plays an important role. Distressed finishes, washed or stained in a driftwood tone are also trending upward.” She, like others, says homeowners are remodeling for themselves more than for resale and are therefore less afraid to take risks with colors.
In agreement is Amanda Sweeney of Just Design This. “People are expressing their personality through the use of more color in cabinets, backsplashes, appliances, and countertops. They are using all the surfaces in a room as an opportunity for more color. If they are considering resale in the near future, they tend to make safer, more neutral design choices.”
When people are remodeling for themselves, rather than for resale, says Gail Adkins of Change Magic Interior Redesign. “Sometimes homeowners are not quite ready to break away from the safety of neutral colors for countertops and cabinets. So instead of painting all the cabinets, I suggest just painting the island in another color. Another option is to paint the inside of the cabinets a favorite color.
Bohnne Jones of Decorating Den Interiors says that while white kitchens are making a comeback, she continues to see mostly stained wood. “The trend is toward a cleaner look–flat panels and shaker design are popular,” she says, adding that people are introducing color into kitchens with window treatments, tablecloths, and other means. We have a client who chose to incorporate aubergine appliances in order to avoid stainless and not select white.”
Mixing and matching stained wood, painted wood, and glazed cabinetry is the trend, according to Crysta Parish of Dana Goodman Interiors. “Adding glaze gives a traditional stained or painted cabinet a depth. Islands and vent hoods are the most common accent pieces in a kitchen that can be finished with a complimentary color.” Parish adds that granite with honed or leathered finishes are popular and combining a variety of materials such as natural stone with porcelain or glass tiles is a successful trend.
Jennifer Rader of The Wills Company says today’s kitchens can vary as much as the individuals for whom they are designed. “Clearly, in the last few years we’ve seen kitchen design more toward contemporary style,” she says. “Certainly, the ornate, over-the-top detailing of the 90’s is not in vogue. And, without a doubt, ‘green’ is in, although not necessarily in that specific color.
“What remains true in design,” Radar adds, “is that good looking kitchens that function well are always current. Kitchens that don’t function well for the cook or family soon fall out of favor, no matter what color they are. If a kitchen functions well for you it will be ‘green’ in that it need not be remodeled soon.”
Incorporating the character of the home and homeowner into the kitchen will result in a more appealing kitchen, according to Tracy Nichols of Kitchen Solvers. “Rather than one aspect of a kitchen becoming the focal point, we strive to create a comprehensive look with unique features,” she says. “Whether building a new home or remodeling a tired home, the end result should be innovative and inspiring.”
According to Tara Johnson of Scarlet Designs, her clients are leaning toward contemporary kitchen design. “They are asking for cooler and deeper wood tones paired with whites and grays in backsplash and countertops. Granite is still popular, but solid surface materials such as Cambria are growing in popularity.”
Alluding to a nationwide trend reported recently by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), Johnson says glass backsplashes are gaining ever growing interest.
Another trend mentioned by the NKBA is a growth in interest in concrete countertops. ReVelle is an environmentally sound product made of 99 percent natural materials with no acrylic resin filler. Non-porous, ReVelle requires no sanding and is hand crafted to fit a kitchen.
Beauty and functionality are not enemies in the modern kitchen, according to Dan Zimmerle of Cabinet Makeovers. “They co-exist and they do it with style. Old pantries are being replaced with pantry cabinets that quadruple usable space. Cabinets to the ceiling enlarge beauty and functionality while glazes enhance the natural beauty of the doors. Pull-outs on bottom cabinets have become popular as they make deep, low cabinets more functional.
There are a number of sources for kitchen design in the Greater Nashville area including:
Change Magic Interior Redesign
Dana Goodman interiors
Decorating Den Interiors
French’s Cabinet Gallery
Hantel Kitchens & Baths
Just Design This
ReVelle of Nashville
Shelf Genie of Nashville
Wills Company, The