2012 Trends: See What's Ahead in Kitchen Faucets and Fixtures
Lots of new kitchen amenities and and styles are in store for remodelers this year, such as integrated sinks and drainboards, sinks you are able to conceal or personalize, stainless steel apron-front countertops, lots of new faucets, and new darker finishes. Continue reading for some faucet and fixture tendencies for your kitchen this year, dependent on trade shows, insights from The Home Depot, and ongoing industry research.
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BLANCORONIS: The Entertainment Sink
Hiding your sink is a European trend starting to make its way across the Atlantic.
They are developed for”un-kitchen” open plan looks. In addition to minimizing visible sink mess, they also add kitchen counter and prep space.
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Modular sinks that incorporate flexible bowl configurations and accessories will be sexy in 2012.
We’ve become so accustomed to our electronic work surfaces, so it’s inevitable that we will want to personalize our additional work surfaces too. Think of them as iSinks, together with the I position for”individual preference.”
Silestone Nebula with Integrated Quartz Sink
Engineered stone countertops, a.k.a quartz, stay on-trend. What’s likely to be a hot trend in 2012 is the integrated quartz sink.
Integrated countertops have been popular for Corian, stainless steel and granite countertops. Their availability from producers, not just a few revolutionary fabricators, is new, exciting and likely to be a popular fad this year.
I expect integrated drainboards to be a trend this year, too. They will likely be smaller in size than this dramatic model Blanco showed us at a Living Kitchen display in Cologne last year. Most of the fixtures producers at the show featured integrated drainboards, and a few have begun to provide them in the U.S. market. Keep a look out for them at a showroom near you.
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Once seen mostly in copper and white, newer apron-front sink offerings are sexy in low-maintenance, modern stainless steel.
Also expect to find more shallow apron-front sinks that are suitable for remodeling functions. This means they’ll fit into a standard sink base cabinet with its front removed and can be used when you update to granite counters.
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Dan Sullivan’s Affluence Seamless Sink (now CreateGood.com), introduced the faucet drain when none of the significant sink firms were considering his invention. It won a significant design award and the hearts of architects and homeowners, such as me.
The majors have begun to take notice, and are introducing their own versions to the marketplace this year. Expect to see more of those clean-lined sinks in 2012.
Nation and rustic inspired faucet shapes will be big this year in both traditional and non-traditional spaces and styles. Bridge taps are going to appear in expected finishes such as oil-rubbed bronze, but also in polished nickel. They’ll be large and accessible in traditional and modern styles.
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Modern compact taps will probably be hot this year, particularly pull-down styles. These include both modern dash and convenience to your kitchen and work with contemporary or traditional sinks, as revealed here.
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More one-touch and sensor taps will be entering the residential market. This will be a popular trend in 2012 as more homeowners take for their convenience and possibility of germ reduction.
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Dark finishes are showing up all over the area this year in some intriguing variants. There’s a new dark chrome many makers are offering, together with brown and black composites and the popular oil-rubbed bronze.
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