8 Kitchen Trends to Watch in 2013

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR(R) Magazine

Photo Credit: HomeThangs.com

Photo Credit: HomeThangs.com

Kitchens are a popular spot that home shoppers judge in a home. So what are the trends in the kitchen for 2013? HomeThangs.com, a home improvement superstore, offers up some of the following kitchen design predictions for the New Year:

1. Modern style: Kitchens are getting more modern in style, boasting simplified lines and offering up big, open spaces perfect for entertaining.

2. Tucked-away appliances: Appliances designed to blend in with the rest of the kitchen, like with the same wood of the cabinets, are becoming more popular. Also, some appliances, like undercounter or mini refrigerators or trash compactors, are being tucked away into a kitchen island.

3. Lots of lights: Great lighting in the kitchen is becoming more important, with lighting being layered with a mixture of task lighting and ambient lighting. Under-cabinet LED lights are becoming more commonplace.

4. Supersized kitchen islands: “2013 kitchen design trends are moving away from dining rooms and toward eating, drinking, and interacting in the kitchen itself, and a large kitchen island complete with bar stools is the perfect way to make this happen,” according to HomeThangs.com. this helps to create “a nice open-air feeling – especially if one can be used to bridge kitchen and living areas, another major 2013 kitchen design trend.”

5. Neutral color schemes: The use of neutral colors in the kitchen is on the rise, particularly in shades of grays and greens and a variety of wood tones. Bright colors are being reserved for only small accents in the kitchen.

6. Fancy appliances: Professional gas ranges and induction cooktops are popular kitchen appliances for making a more gourmet kitchen.

7. Decorative range hoods: Trends are moving away from a conventional stainless steel trapezoid-shaped hood to more decorative range hoods. These hoods may have built-in LED lights and are even serving almost like a decorative chandelier for a kitchen island.

8. Glass backsplashes: High gloss is “in” for cabinets, appliances, and backsplashes. A single-sheet, back-painted glass blacksplash is growing in popularity, which are also known for being easy to clean. These glass backsplashes are also reflective, adding a polished decorative touch to kitchens. Glass mosaic tile sheets are also increasing in popularity.

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. Very interesting and enjoyed reading this blog – especially the bit about the colours and modern style. I never thought that the brightly coloured kitchens would have longevity and makes more sense to add colour accents and keep the base neutral. I still think that very traditional styled kitchens are remaining popular too, judging by the interest in these on pinterest. But you never mentioned Kitchen Sinks and Kitchen Taps?! I am always amazed that the tap choice is often left to the kitchen manufacturer and yet its probably one of the most used appliances in a kitchen.
    Wise Owl aka Ailis

  2. Have you seen the copper range hoods? Definitely a unique product that is not a traditional range hood.


  3. I’m definitely into the tucked away kitchen appliances, if only I could hide my fridge from the public eye!

  4. Teresa

    I enjoyed reading this blog – I agree the neutral colors for the walls and the color for the accessories in the kitchen. Not to sure if I would like the glass backsplash though. I’ll have to check that out at some of the upcoming Home Shows.

  5. Somehow these ultra-sleek, contemporary kitchens don’t seem as cozy and welcoming as Grandma’s kitchen with the cookie jars and clutter all over the counter tops, family photos and magnets on the fridge, ruffled curtains at the window, and pots of African violets blooming on the window sill. The modern kitchens are pretty to look at but I don’t smell any cookies fresh from the oven!
    Enjoyed your article. Thanks for the info.

  6. I agree with Jane that the modern kitchens, while clean and neat do not draw me into talk and cozy up. A woman who cleans houses once told me the reasons kitchens like that stay clean is that they don’t get used. I’ll take some clutter if it means “a family lives here.” I know i’m in the minority though…Thanks for all the points though. It’s good to try to incorporate new styles into your own to create something unique.

  7. Debbie LaPlante

    I enjoyed the article, but was hoping it would have touched on the subject of appliance finishes. Are Stainless steel appliances losing their popularity and if so, what are the new trends in finishes for refrigerators, ranges, and dishwashers?

  8. GoodDay!

    I agree with Jane and Mechelle modern homes are not inviting or cozy.
    Lived in contemporary home with minimal accessories and glad I finally sold it.
    Been there done that – It’s a generational thing!

  9. As a Realtor I work with buyers every day and they are looking for modern, open kitchens with big islands. Granite and stainless steel are still at the top of their lists as well as amazing backsplashes and cool lighting. No offense intended but Grandma’s kitchen is one of the top reasons a buyer passes on a house. (Kitchens and bathrooms really do sell houses!). I personally have a more modern kitchen, it’s spotless and I cook all the time! Great article.

  10. There you go, the kitchen remodel I’ve been dreaming about, and it’s all here. I helped a few clients last year do kitchen updates prior to selling their homes with amazing results in activity and sale prices. Kitchen updates bring more return on invesment than almost anything. Good post. Thanks for writing on this topic.

  11. Just opening your kitchen by removing or shortening a wall can modernize your home. Its relatively inexpensive and can add so much to your home.

  12. I love this article, as a Realtor more buyers focus in the kitchen. A modern and renovated kitchen adds more value to houses.

  13. Sabrina

    Please, cover up the steel fridge with wood front. I don’t want a big chunk of metal in my kitchen. What if a buyer doesn’t plan to have an all modern house? Many beautiful homes trend towards Mediterranean relaxed earth tone & styles, like mine!

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  15. A lot of great lighting is something I love in a kitchen! Also, a big island is an ideal layout especially if , like me, you enjoy cooking. Chopping vegetables and preparing marinades is much easier on an island than crammed into counter space. As far as the modern style goes I am a fan of a little more traditional looks.

    Thank you for sharing these kitchen tips! I like your blog, thanks, Betty

  16. This is an informative article on the latest kitchen trends. From my experience, modern and updated kitchens (and bathrooms) definitely help homes and condos sell faster. If you are considering updating your home, kitchens and baths are the high impact, more noticeable areas. Thanks, Betty!

  17. Elin Axelsson

    Thanks for such a good information Melissa. The definition of kitchen is now slowly changing , people now want their kitchen to be modern and stylish. Selection of good kitchen accessories is also important as they play a very important role in the look and feel of kitchen. One must always look for good and branded accessories in order to maintain the look and feel of their kitchen. Many online stores are available on the internet, like this one- http://www.vikingsun.se/ which can help make the kitchen beautiful.

  18. I ran across this post, still applies today! Thanks!