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2012 Kitchen Design Trends for Chicago Real Estate

March 14, 2012

kitchen design trends 2012Building a new home or planning a kitchen remodel and want to know what’s hot in kitchen design trends? The National Kitchen and Bath Association released results from its annual member survey of kitchen and bath design trends. Of the 350 survey participant responses, five major trends emerged:

  1. Cherry wood is in decline. Cherry has been a top choice for cabinetry in the past few years but it looks like designers are slowly shifting away from it, dropping from 80 percent to 69 percent as the top choice. There is no one wood that is taking its place though, instead, homeowners are opting for using more varied selections of less commonly used woods, like oak, walnut, birch and bamboo, which are all becoming more popular.
  2. Darker natural finishes are increasing in popularity, with 58 percent of respondents citing dark natural finishes as most popular over light and medium choices. For painted cabinetry, classic white is still the most popular. And distressed finishes are becoming more popular, rising to 22 percent from 5 percent just last year.
  3. Glass is gaining in popularity for backsplashes. Natural stone and ceramic tiles are still the most popular option, but are on the decline. Granite and quartz are also becoming popular for backsplashes due to their high use in countertops.
  4. The use of energy-saving LED lighting is on the rise, used by 70 percent of respondents. Compact fluorescent bulbs which are also great energy savers, are declining in popularity, likely due to their poor coloring and the presence of mercury in the bulbs.
  5. Two-in-one pull out kitchen faucet sprayers are becoming more popular. There are tons of models out there, so they can be easily incorporated into any design style, and eliminate the need for a detached side sprayer with a standard faucet. 93 percent of designers are now using pull-out models. These versatile models might also be reducing the need for pot-filler faucets, which are on the decline.

Are you seeing these trends in Chicago real estate? We’d love to localize this story and report on what’s happening close to home – let us know what materials, colors and products you’re loving right now.

Categories: Interior Design

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