Sleek, shiny, stainless steel appliances are still on trend for 2012. However, aesthetics have little to do with it. Stainless is practical in the kitchen. Because it is nonporous, germs and bacteria can be wiped away easily. Easy maintenance stainless is a great option for homeowners looking to update their kitchen appliances. Considering energy efficient appliances is also a factor as more homeowners are looking to do their part by going green.
Opening up the kitchen space and integrating it with the living room is becoming more and more popular. Homeowners want a space that is functional and inviting. Creating a modern great room by opening the space between the two allows easy and relaxed entertaining.
Island bars in the kitchen are a common trend. Islands create additional prep and cooking space. They also serve as a gathering space. Barstools transform the island into casual dining or socializing space, all while keeping an open floor plan.
Living Rooms and Bedrooms
Hardwood, bamboo, reclaimed wood floors are on trend in 2012. These surfaces are easily cleaned and maintained. Bamboo flooring is highly sustainable, and has the looks of brand new hardwood. Homeowners looking for something more unique should opt for reclaimed wood floors. These floors are recycled from dismantled buildings and like bamboo floors, are a better choice for the environment. For 2012 any hard flooring option is a solid choice.
Eco-friendly and nature inspired materials are going to be popular choices for homeowners in 2012. Natural wood finishes on tables, dressers and furniture will be reminiscent of the outdoors. Colors that reflect nature, sky blues, forest green and neutrals are on trend. Take it a step further and use low VOC paints and stains.
Building a deck or a patio allows homeowners to take advantage of outdoor space. Decks are able to be as elaborate of simple as the homes they’re attached to. They provide room for outdoor gatherings, casual seating, fire pits or even outdoor kitchens. Taking advantage of this space is a growing trend in 2012.
Landscaping is all about low maintenance lawns, plants, and flowers. Planting greenery that requires less water will save time and money, and has a better impact on the environment. Gardens that support wild life are also important in 2012.