Every interior designer knows that kitchens and bathrooms are the biggest renovation investment you can make for your home, so why not make 2013 the year you tackle a makeover? “The great thing about kitchen design right now is that anything goes,” says Meredith Heron, principal designer of Meredith Heron Design. That means that regardless of your preference of traditional over modern, or your love of marble over granite, there’s something on trend to fit into every budget and suit almost any homeowner’s tastes. And although the industrial design and French farmhouse look that we’ve seen in previous years are still popular here in Canada.
The key to achieving this look – which is not what one always expects when designing a kitchen – is a mix of textures, finishes and vintage pieces juxtaposed against a modern framework. “The space we designed for Christine Dovey had a palette of pink and gold, which is quite unique for a kitchen,” Meredith admits. “An antique mirror added an unexpected glamour and the open style shelves allowed for beautiful collections to be showcased, making the kitchen an extension of the style of the rest of Christine’s stunning and beautifully curated home.”
If you’re looking for a kitchen with a timeless look but don’t want it to appear too traditional, place the focus on contrast and juxtaposition. “Contrasting colours, unusual lighting, decorative finishes and a mix of hardware are great ways to take a classic look and give it a modern edge,” says Meredith. Try different hued doors on the upper and lower cabinets or a super sleek kitchen with an oversized stunning chandelier over the dinner table.
The Scandinavian style is one we’ve seen in the past, and it’s back again in 2013, particularly popular in kitchens. “Slab cabinet doors in a matte paint finish or a natural wood are still incredibly popular,” says Meredith. “The trend now, however, is to mix in a little femininity through brass hardware or fun fabrics, making the space seem less austere and more welcoming.”
“White kitchens are always in style, but for the last year or so grey kitchen cabinets have been super popular and will continue to be a huge hit for the upcoming year,” says Meredith. Also on tap for kitchens in 2013? “Navy cabinetry. I’m obsessed with all shades of indigo, like a smoky purple-blue-grey. Try painting cabinets with Stone’s Throw from Pratt and Lambert or St. Boniface from Para Paints.”
White marble continues to be the favourite look for countertops, but many homeowners are wary of its upkeep. “The compromise I’ve been able to find with is Quartzite,” says Meredith. “I call it ‘Garble’ – a stone that looks like marble but has the durability of a granite. Truth be told, Quartzite is harder than granite. My go-to variety is called Super White – a grey stone with streaks of dark grey veining.” Meredith also says that a leathered finish on granite will be a popular look for this year – the stone receives a honed finish, making it very forgiving especially when it comes to water spots and scratches.
When it comes to kitchen lighting in 2013, Meredith says it’s time to go big or go home. “Traditional pendants have been side stepped in favour of oversized statement lighting. Unique shapes and a mix of metals - anything goes so long as it has big impact.” To add a sculptural quality to a modern kitchen bistro with sleek lines, Meredith suggests the unique look of this decahedron pendant available in a variety of finishes.