The Best Kitchen Designs of 2013

2013 was a bold year for kitchen design trends. From contemporary whites and minimalist design, to quirky and unique old world style spaces with character, it has been exciting to see the different styles that our products can be adapted into.

If you’re considering a renovation, here’s a quick roundup of some of the best kitchen design ideas from 2013 to spur your imagination and get you on the path to a beautiful, inviting new kitchen of your own.

Wide Open Spaces

Wide Open Spaces
Photo from HGTV

Because the kitchen sees so much traffic, many people are opting to completely open up the space so it feels both airier and roomier. Entertaining is much easier with an open floor plan kitchen and living or dining room, and there’s an incredible amount of space for prep work (and homework) when you add an oversized island with a sink, storage and electrical outlets. As an example, this destination kitchen from HGTV is large yet cozy, with lots of warm wood, bright cabinets and eye-catching details. And the open plan makes it easy to cook and serve family and friends right from the stove.

Below is an example of similar style done up in all NuStone Transformations products. The counter and cabinet refacing would have hundreds (maybe thousands) over the project above without sacrificing the style.

NuStone Transformations products

A Chef’s Kitchen

If you have an avid cook in the house, updating a kitchen to make it more functional is a necessity. Granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a perfect triangle between the sink, fridge and stove make whipping up even the most decadent of French meals a breeze. Recessed lighting also helps the area feel large while adding spot lighting to common prep areas.

Both examples below feature high quality appliances and smart design, the first in more classic design and the second gives the feel of a kitchen you might find at a modern fine dining restaurant. and check out this impressive chef’s kitchen on HGTV (#5 in the slideshow) for more style ideas.

A Chef Kitchen chef kitchen
Photo from HGTV

Tiny and Trendy

Tiny and Trendy
Photo from
House Beautiful

Not all kitchens have to be massive to be enticing and functional. Big cities mean smaller kitchens, but there are a lot of options for making them feel bigger than they are. Using light coloured or white cabinets and unique storage solutions, this closet-like New York kitchen, similar to the size of many condominium kitchens in the GTA, suddenly seems spacious and upscale. Making the most of vertical space is key to this fancy room, and a pot rack is an exceptional idea for diminutive kitchens with a lot of tools and little square footage. Did you see the backsplash? Mirrored glass definitely improves the appearance of size, but a light coloured mosaic backsplash could have the same airy effect at a lower cost.

A Signature Detail

A Signature Detail
Photo from
House Beautiful

Whether it’s a vintage stove from the 50s, a uniquely patterned granite countertop or, in the case of this charming home, twin antique farmhouse sinks, building a kitchen with a singular focal point that immediately draws the eye is one of the most popular ways to dress up the traditionally understated kitchen in 2013.

Another great way to save cash and to make a large impact on aesthetic appeal is to add a pop of colour with a mosaic backsplash. Here is an image from one of our recent remodels from 2013. To browse some of the different mosaic colour options that we offer, go here.

mosaic backsplash

The kitchen reveals a lot about the family who uses it, and your kitchen should be a manifestation of your personality and lifestyle. Why not update it to reflect who you are while making it a more beautiful and habitable space? These designs are just a few ideas of what can be done, but you should take them and create a kitchen inspired by you.

If you’re interested in exploring refacing options for your cabinets, counters or backsplash, contact us for a free consultation now.