Posted on Feb 20, 2013

Recently the team at Kerrie Kelly Design Lab was asked to speak at the San Francisco Student Career Forum on 2013 Interior Design Trends. That, coupled with a vendor request to design a KKDL Signature Kitchen for their cabinetry showroom, prompted our team to put together the following list for what we are seeing in interior design…and of course, we want to share it with you!

1. Kitchen Cabinets: A clean, simple, contemporary look has been popular with homeowners who want to economize and eliminate unnecessary clutter and details. This aesthetic equates to low-maintenance and uncomplicated living. For those who don’t want to spring for new cabinetry, re-facing or refinishing cabinets offers more bang for the buck.

2. Countertops: Granite has been dropped to the bottom of the material list. While granite isn’t going away and still has a few die-hard fans, the new king of countertops is quartz composite — the closest thing to no maintenance, bullet-proof countertop materials available today. We love the look and colors available through Silestone.

Photo by Silestone

3. Hardwood Floors: We have found pre-finished and engineered wood flooring has become more popular than the once endlessly specified site-finished flooring. Pre-finished woods provide a hard, durable finish, are an installation time saver, and eliminate the sanding dust drama. Engineered wood floors are also compatible with under-floor heating systems, that we once only used with tile applications.

4. Glass Backsplashes: Glass mosaic tile seems to be on its  way out. Taking its place are glass with stone mosaic composites that can add more texture and visual interest to the design. We have been crushing on back-painted, solid glass panel backsplashes, which provide an ultra-clean look to a polished, modern kitchen setting.

5. Stylishly Simple Sinks: According to our plumbing partners at Ferguson, double-sinks wave good-bye, while deep single-bowl sinks say “hello” to the kitchen scene. With accessories such as fitted colanders and dish drains, deep single-bowl sinks have all the benefits of a divided sink, plus the large size to actually fit that roasting pan or those baking sheets into the sink all at once. Stainless is still popular, but the quartz composites are a great value and durable option that can be integrated, too.

Photo by Silestone

6. Color Palette: Navy blue and charcoal are the new black. These silky colors are everywhere as they blends the right amount of chocolate, grey and a touch of green. Paired with pops of color they truly seem neutral.

7. Bathroom Stone: Synonymous with luxury, Calacatta marble has found its way into both traditional and contemporary bathrooms. Calacatta is a rarer stone than Carrara marble and is valued for a whiter background and bolder grey veins. It adds just the right amount of the “unexpected”.

8. Texture and Sparkle: Homeowners seek a blend of classic textures and colors with pops of bold color and elements of sparkle. Glossy metallic tile backsplashes and sparkle on polished nickel and satin brass fixtures are trending in 2013.

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9. Livable Design: With the growing trend to help aging baby boomers safely “grow old” in their homes, we are seeing easy kitchen and bath upgrades that enhance functionality, comfort and safety come to the forefront. Our pals at Eskaton’s Livable Design team have the right idea.

10. Healthy Living:  Green and sustainable design is here to stay. It seems the number one trend for 2013 will be creating a healthy living environment, free of toxins and harsh chemicals. More and more homeowners are taking advantage of federal and state incentives to evaluate their home’s energy efficiency and overall performance. Upgrade trends include the use of low VOC materials to improve indoor air quality, testing combustion safety, and radon mitigation.

While every homeowner has specific ideas on style, the overall trend is toward simpler living and low-maintenance design, and accents that don’t overpower. This look extends from clean and simple kitchen cabinetry to “bulletproof” countertops, pre-finished wood flooring, solid accents of glass, rich color and sparkling textures. The trend toward simplicity is also seen in a growing demand for safer, healthier and more sustainable homes.

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