Kitchens are an essential part of every home and can be a statement as to the personality and lifestyle of those that live in the home. Much of life happens in the kitchen, and it is important to have a kitchen that will allow both functionality and purpose, as well as show the style and personality of those that live there. Designing a kitchen that will satisfy both aspects of your life is important. There are many new kitchen design trends for 2012 that will be very helpful to know in order to create a kitchen of style and purpose.
One of the biggest trends in 2012 for kitchens is to have bright, bold colors. In the past, bold colors were something that most people stayed away from, but as the kitchen becomes more and more of a gathering place for the family and friends, color has become an important way to create a friendly atmosphere. Color is also an easy way to spruce up your kitchen with a low budget. Adding paint or color in small appliances or decorations adds color that will brighten up your kitchen at a low cost. Almost every color imaginable is being used in kitchens, many of which are very bold and bright.
Choosing a wood color for the kitchen cabinets or counters in your kitchen is important, as it will be the biggest statement of color in your kitchen. You can choose to paint your cabinets colors, or stain them in a variety of different wood stains. Cherry wood has been the most popular wood stain over the last few years, but is gradually sloping downward as the choice wood stain. People are now opting for more of a darker wood finish in their kitchen. Other less often used wood stains are being more commonly found as well. Woods like oak, walnut, birch, and bamboo are being used more and more often for kitchen cabinetry and other wood designs. Kitchen cabinets are an essential part of the kitchen and should be carefully chosen. Counter tops should also coordinate with the kitchen cabinets in order to create the best effect. Granite counter tops are still very popular in 2012 and add a great sense of elegance to any kitchen.
Another popular trend in 2012 is LED lighting in the kitchen. Energy has become more and more expensive, and people all across the country are concerned with living greener and working to create a more environmentally friendly approach to living. There are many ways to accomplish this goal, especially with the many energy saving appliances that are available today. The easiest and most popular way to create a greener, more environmentally friendly kitchen however, is with LED lighting. LED lights have been installed in an increasingly high number of homes this last year, and the number continues to climb. Compact fluorescent lights have not grown in popularity, however. The presence of mercury in the bulbs and the poor color that emitted has inhibited the popularity of these bulbs. Using environmentally friendly appliances and other additions in the kitchen has certainly grown in popularity, however, and installing LED lighting in the kitchen is one way to accomplish this.
The color and style of appliances is an important part of creating the stylish kitchen you desire as well. The most popular color of appliance is stainless steel, with black being the second most popular. Stainless steel will go with almost any design or color, and has great durability and style to it as well. Using stainless steel has a new and shiny look to it, while also allowing for a sterile surface that is very easy to clean. Having stainless steel in your kitchen provides a look of luxury and elegance that is desired by many people, which is one of the main reasons it has grown to be so popular. Black appliances have a more formal look to them, and match with the other furniture in the home. Between these two colors of appliances, it is hard to go wrong.
Sinks are an essential part of every kitchen, which makes the faucet to the sink one of the most important aspects of the kitchen. A popular trend for 2012 is pull out faucets. Many faucets used to have a detached side spray that was popular for many years. Recently, however, faucets that pull out by themselves have become much more popular because of their ease of use and stylish look. In the final three months of 2011, fourteen out of fifteen designers included a pull out faucet in the kitchen they designed. This trend has grown increasingly popular, especially most recently.
Back splashes can be an easy way to add style to your kitchen, and most recently the most popular type of back splash has been glass. Glass back splashes allow for easier cleaning and sanitation, as well as a smooth and sophisticated style to the kitchen. Glass back splashes come in many different colors and designs, and can be used in any style of kitchen. Ceramic tile back splashes used to be very popular, but demand has been going down quite steadily over the last few years.
Overall, it has become more popular to be thrifty and frugal as you are designing your kitchen and other areas of your home. The economy has made a great impact on the projects that people are able to do in their home. There are many ways to spruce up your kitchen and redesign it into something that fits your personality and lifestyle. The kitchen design trends for 2012 are ones that have allowed people to create style and personality with little cost. As kitchens have become more of a place for social gathering, and less for strictly cooking, kitchens have opened up and become a warm, friendly place to be. The design trends for 2012 have shown this transformation of the kitchen, and show new ways to create that style and warmth that is desired.