5 Influential Kitchen Design Trends for 2012

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The modern day kitchen is no longer just a kitchen. It is the heart and soul of a home where friends and family gather and memories are made. This is why the latest designs in kitchen trends reflect this lifestyle by incorporating new features that enhance the feel of a “family” room.

Keeping in mind our technology driven world, office space is now being incorporated in the kitchen. Computer areas and recharging stations are now the norm in kitchen spaces. Integrated appliances like drawer-style fridges, and ovens microwaves and dishwashers fronted to match the cabinetry all give a much cleaner look to the kitchen. The idea is to hide the appliances and give kitchens a neater and simpler look.

A trend in that is continuing is the great room concept. Introduced in the early 90’s, this idea is a mainstay in kitchen design and many homeowners prefer the open floor plan.

Green, green, green! Not the color, we are talking renewable or recycled materials, here. Homeowners are requesting eco-friendly flooring materials such as bamboo. Bamboo is actually a grass and it grows quickly, allowing a harvest every five years. Recycling centers are also very popular which can include bins to sort and recycle glass, paper and plastic.

Another big trend reflects the needs of Baby Boomers and an aging population. Many homeowners are building homes that they feel they will grow old in. For this reason many new homes and remodels are focused on making wider doorways, touch-less faucets and countertops that can be raised or lowered as needed.

Mixing and matching color with stained-wood and painted cabinetry has been popular in Europe for a while, but it is now catching on in the U.S. Bright, bold colors are stylish and fun, and homeowners are catching on to that trend.

Keeping these ideas in mind, you can have a fun, fashionable, kitchen of your dreams while helping the environment and looking to the future all at the same time.

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