4 Kitchen Design Trends Cooking Up in 2012

Kitchens are blending more into the rest of home interiors. A recent blog post from Home Design Find highlights some of the recent trends popping up in more kitchens this year:

1. Unmatched cabinets: Cabinet colors and materials are being mixed, such as darker colors for the base cabinets and lighter colors being used for upper cabinets to “provide a sense of openness,” according to the blog.

2. Downsized kitchen islands: While bigger used to be better with kitchen islands, more home owners are finding they can make do with a smaller kitchen island that doesn’t take up as much space.

3. Covert appliances: Dishwashers, refrigerators and ovens are being hidden behind cabinetry or made to match the cabinetry so much so that you can barely even spot them at first glance in the kitchen. Also going invisible in the kitchen, kitchen cabinet knobs, creating a more clean-panel look.

4. Smaller faucets: The big, “gooseneck” faucet was all the rage up until recently but now more home owners seem to be opting for lower profile faucets for a more subtle statement. Some of the faucets have even shrunk to bathroom scale, but they still feature the detachable spray nozzle.

“As kitchens have opened up and become more integrated into our homes, they have begun to feel less ‘kitchen-like,’” according to the Home Design Find blog. “The trend toward mixed cabinetry and integrated appliances, door pulls and sinks suggests we are looking for a space that flows seamlessly into the rest of our spaces.”

Read more trends at Home Design Find and see photos.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. My husband says we are buying a house without a kitchen next move. It’s the only room in the house that is never used. Ha! It’s 107 outside & he can cook if he wants.

  2. Joan Loveless

    Thanks, I will use these great ideas for the homeowners who are inquiring about making improvements before they sell. Joanie

  3. Understanding the buyers is key to being able to advise the sellers in their process of putting a home for sale in the viable market today. Joanie Loveless, Realtor and Counselor .

  4. Really an inspirational blog. Kitchen remodeling should include a well thought out design and materials that withstand the test of time to service your family for years to come. Thanks for posting Melissa.

  5. Jamie Walker

    I’ve also found that open plan designs for kitchens are on the up, people want them to be more social than have been in the past, if anything (kdcuk)

  6. I think trend #3 has been reversing for a while now. Many people have ditched the paneled refrigerator for stainless. The real trend in Kitchen design is incorporating your own style and tastes.

  7. Making reality is the wonderful thing ih the kitchen. The attractive look make us to love to cook with pleasant mood.As appropriate to the design of the kitchen, the kitchen items to be placed.