I spent a fun, informative January talking with some of the most popular names in the design industry about 2012 kitchen trend forecasts. Here are their predictions about what's coming soon to a showroom or home center near you!
"Dark, rich finishes have been increasing in popularity. This trend will continue into 2012 as homeowners choose darker, warmer colors over more traditional natural and mid-tone finishes. This year, Masco Cabinetry has made soft-close doors standard on its KraftMaid and Merillat Masterpiece lines. New hardware technology incorporates the soft-close feature right into the hinge for a cleaner, simpler look, too."
-Sarah Reep, Director of Designer Relations, Masco Cabinetry
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Wood-look tile from Ceramics of Italy makes a great kitchen floor.
"The first big trend to come out of Europe and be picked up by manufacturers in North America is tile that looks like stone. Whether it's the look of slate, granite, onyx or the grey-green marble, the same look can be had in tile. In tile, however, you'll get the maintenance-free characteristics of ceramic tile without the hassles of natural stone. One of the other big trends is the idea of tile standing in for wood planks."
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Clean-lined, large bridge faucets like Grohe's Bridgeford model are on trend for 2012.
Fixture and Faucet Trends
"The rustic look is anything but, and it doesn't have to be limited to country houses. This farmhouse feel gives that nice 'down home' look and warms up a kitchen. Larger, bridge-style faucets add an interesting, yet professional look to the room, and also look very proportional when put in kitchens with many appliances. Water Sense technology helps you save up to 32 percent water use without taking any hits to performance."
-Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend & Design, Home Depot
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Tech-inspired design, seen here in Zephyr's Arc series Horizon vent hood, is hot for 2012.
"Smart phones were among the first products to introduce touch-screen technology to the masses. And now you can have that same functionality in the kitchen, with touch-screen interfaces on dishwashers, refrigerators, ranges, ovens and microwaves. The new Jenn-Air Pro-Style range even allows cooks to program cooking method, time and temperature of successful recipes and recall them when repeating the recipe. Not only are appliance manufacturers replicating the functionality of high-tech gadgets, they are also replicating the style. Appliances will closely resemble the look of an iPhone or iPad."
-Fred Minnigerode, Corporate Senior Product Manager of Residential Finished Goods, Ferguson
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Watery blues are a cool, sustainable 2012 kitchen color trend.
"In 2012, pairing colors within the same color family will be a dominant trend. Whether it's different shades of red or varying hues of blue, kitchens will display an array of combinations within color families to give a room a fresh look this year. The colors also embrace the sustainable landscape; which has become an enduring influence on all aspects of dĂ©cor and design."
-Jackie Jordan, Director of Color Marketing, Sherwin-Williams
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