Portland, Ore.-based Neil Kelly Co., a design-build remodeling firm that has remodeled more than 30,000 homes, announced its Top 10 interior design trends for 2013.
Twenty of the firms design professionals who shared their knowledge based on working with material suppliers and vendors came up with the following list:
10. Kitchen cabinets
A clean, simple, contemporary look will be popular with homeowners looking to economize and eliminate unnecessary clutter and fussy details that equate to high maintenance and complicated living. For those who don't want to spring for new cabinetry, re-facing or refinishing cabinets offers more bang for the buck.
Granite has been dethroned. While granite isn't going away and still has many die-hard fans, the new king of countertops will be quartz composite -- the closest thing to no-maintenance, bullet-proof countertop materials available today.
8. Hardwood floors
Pre-finished and engineered wood flooring will become more popular than the once gold-standard of site-finished flooring. Pre-finished woods provide a hard, durable finish; are an installation time saver; and eliminate the sanding dust dilemma. Engineered wood floors are also compatible with under-floor heating systems, a big plus in cold climates.
7. Glass backsplashes
Glass mosaic tile is on the way out. Taking its place are glass/stone/tile mosaic composites that can add more texture and visual interest and that tie in more readily with stone or quartz countertops. Be on the lookout for back-painted, solid glass panel backsplashes in contemporary settings, which provides an ultra-clean, almost ethereal look to a polished, modern kitchen setting.
6. Stylishly simple sinks
Goodbye double-sinks, hello deep single-bowl sinks. With accessories such as fitted colanders and dish drains, deep single-bowl sinks have all the benefits of a divided si