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Top three kitchen design trends in 2012

23 Jul 2012 1:53 PM
Top three kitchen design trends in 2012

Increase the effectiveness of your kitchen’s design by incorporating the right materials and an efficient floor plan. Let your home be an extension of yourself, portraying all your personal class and style.

Here are three luxury home trends in Manhattan:

1. Streamlined kitchen. As the kitchen increasingly becomes a central focus of the modern lifestyle, more homeowners desire a streamlined room. To avoid cluttering countertops and creating chaos, many kitchens now include convenient nooks and storage options to ensure almost everything has a place, according to Style At Home magazine.

"Design trends are reflecting our more casual and collaborative method of living, preparing, cooking, eating and entertaining. Integrated appliances like drawer-style fridges, and fridges, ovens, microwaves and dishwashers fronted to match the cabinetry, all give a much cleaner look to the kitchen. We can now hide most of the ‘operations’ and our kitchens look a lot neater and simpler," Céline Pitre, principal at Vancouver-based Céline Pitre Interiors, told the news source.

2. Custom cabinets. Storage plays an integral role in the kitchen. Pots, pans and dishes require the appropriate room. In addition to their core function, cabinets cover the majority of wall space and set the tone for the room’s ambiance. As a result, picking the right materials and design can drastically impact a kitchen's decor. Consider investing in high-quality, custom cabinets to improve the interior atmosphere of the room.

3. Natural countertops. Selecting the right materials can advance a home design from average to outstanding. In 2012, interior designers are seeing more property owners opt for high-quality countertops made from natural stones, according to Berceli Kitchen & Home Design. Marble, granite, soapstone and others are growing in popularity in upscale homes.