What’s Cookin’? Trends in Kitchen Design For 2013

Posted on | December 31, 2012 | 4 Comments

There’s no doubt that homeowners across North Carolina will continue looking to see how they can spruce up their homes in 2013. Since kitchen updates will remain an essential part of home renovations, we contacted Raleigh kitchen designer Rebecca Rotella, AKBD, from Kitchen & Bath Galleries to tell us what’s new, what’s fresh, and what’s trending in kitchens as we head into the new year.

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When it comes to function, we expect a lot from our kitchens. “It remains essential to have a well thought-out ‘work triangle,’ where the stove, the fridge and the sink are all easily accessed and well within reach of one another,” Rebecca notes.

While the kitchen is still a multifunctional space, its design as such has become more streamlined. “People are no longer incorporating separate office or homework spaces into their kitchens. The kitchen has become more of a gathering and entertainment space than a utilitarian space,” Rebecca explains. “Kitchens now typically flow into other rooms, so homeowners tend to install islands, raised bars and wet bars to add usable, workable space while keeping the flow of the room open enough to accommodate guests.”

Homeowners are also adding to the functionality of their kitchen by choosing materials and fixtures that are crafted to last. “People are opting for things that are both beautiful and highly durable,” Rebecca affirms. “Quartz countertops have become popular – quartz is non-porous, heat-resistant, stain-resistant and ecologically sustainable. It also has a beautiful reflective quality. Solid construction wood cabinetry is also popular, as it’s better quality, stronger and more durable.”

Style-wise, homeowners are moving toward a blend of the classic and the new. “North Carolina homeowners have historically favored a more traditional and ornate style,” Rebecca explains. “But in the past few years, they are incorporating simpler, more modern elements in their kitchen designs, such as Shaker-style cabinet doors with minimal details, shiny materials like glass and stainless steel, and industrial materials like concrete. The result is an overall transitional style with timeless elements.”

There has also been a shift in finish preferences. “When it comes to cabinets, white is making a comeback this year. People are also choosing cream as a warmer alternative to white. On the other end of the spectrum, rich, dark colors like nutmeg are popular. For hardware finishes, people are choosing brushed nickel to complement stainless steel appliances, or oil-rubbed bronze if they want a warmer, more traditional look. Chrome hardware is making a comeback, and looks particularly pretty in a modern kitchen with really polished elements.”

There are many options available in creating this personalized space. As the heart of the home, a practical and well designed kitchen is deserving of all the planning and attention it receives – which is reflected in the functionality and satisfaction that it provides homeowners once the project is completed.

Headquartered in Raleigh, the six showrooms of Kitchen & Bath Galleries successfully accommodate the lifestyle and functional needs of homeowners from the Research Triangle to the Coast.

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4 Responses to “What’s Cookin’? Trends in Kitchen Design For 2013”

  1. Donna Frasca
    December 31st, 2012 @ 8:27 AM

    These kitchens are gorgeous and they are the heart of the home. So not only is design hugely important but the color palette is key as well – it’s the start of any good design. However, in 2013, I would love to see less “orange” in the kitchen.

  2. Liz Hughes
    December 31st, 2012 @ 10:35 AM


    I agree, these are outstanding kitchens. The design work is first rate. I will have to be on the look out for an abundance of orange in the kitchen. I can’s say that it is something that has registered on my radar.


  3. Donna Frasca
    December 31st, 2012 @ 6:25 PM

    My apologies Liz, I should have been more specific. By orange I mean the overall look of the kitchen. Many of my clients here in South Charlotte have the kitchen cabinets that appear to have a very orange overall tone along with floors to match. Some also still have the burnt orange wall color but are slowing making the change to warm grays and softer, slate blues which of course counteract all the orange. Here’s a link to the look that I’m referring to if you are interested. Thank you and happy new year!


  4. Chris Voedisch
    January 2nd, 2013 @ 1:27 PM

    I could not agree with you more and I like your example. I specialize in refinishing kitchen cabinets, vanities, and doors in Asheville. I run into a lot of golden and orange oak. Couple that with the oak floors and it’s not good. I have changed several kitchens by working with the clients existing oak cabinets and toning the orange to a deeper warm cherry. This way the clients budget goes further and can be spent on design.
    When it comes to opaque colors, I am seeing more clean modern whites, calming grays from light to dark, and soft blacks with a hint of brown to warm them up. Personally I like the trend. With the right hardware and room accents, the colors really can pop and make an impression.

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