There have been some big changes in kitchen design. In fact, you can take pretty much every major trend of the last few years and turn it on its head if you want to know whats new and hot in 2012.

Here’s a quick summary:

1. Unmatched Cabinetry Contemporary Kitchen Design 

The biggest design trend of them all, unmatched cabinets, have become practically de riguer in Europe. Colors and materials are freely mixed and matched, often an oak wood cabinet base is matched with glossy uppers.  One of the most popular looks is darker colors and cabinetry for the base cabinets, and lighter upper cabinets which help provide a sense of openness.

 

 

 

2. Limed Oak Modern Kitchen Design

Limed oak, otherwise known as cerused oak, dates back to the 1500s, when white lead was used as an overlay on porous woods. When applied to a wood such as oak, the white pigment fills and reveals grain lines without affecting the overall color of the woods finish. In 2012, a non-toxic wax is used to create the limed look which has been popping up on case goods, cabinetry, flooring and doors. modern kitchen design by seattle kitchen and bath Warmington & North

3. Smaller Kitchen Islands

Huge, boat-like islands were the design trend a few years back, but these days, more people are realizing that a smaller surface can perform just as well, or better, in an average-sized kitchen. mediterranean kitchen design by tel aviv interior designer NURIT GEFFEN-BATIM STUDIO contemporary kitchen design by minneapolis kitchen and bath The Woodshop of Avon

 

 

 

 

4. Integrated Appliances Modern Kitchen Design

Were seeing more and more kitchens in which ovens, cooktops, dishwashers and refrigerators integrate seamlessly with cabinetry. The days of showing off expensive trophy appliances may be coming to an end at least for a while. The integration trend also extends to kitchen cabinet pulls and knobs, which are now invisible in many kitchens, and even sinks, which disappear.

 

 

5. Lower-Profile Faucets

For a while huge, gooseneck, professional-style faucets were all the rage in trendy kitchens. But this year, lower-profile faucets are back in vogue, making a more subtle and refined modern statement. Many of the newest faucets are sleek and low, almost of the type that we are used to seeing in bathrooms. Many feature a detachable spray nozzle which allows for easy filling of large pots. kitchen countertops design contemporary kitchen design by tampa interior designer Paul Anater Other trends in kitchens?

 
All in all, as kitchens have opened up and become more integrated into our homes, they have begun to feel less kitchen-like. The trend toward mixed cabinetry and integrated appliances, door pulls and sinks suggests we are looking for a space that flows seamlessly into the rest or our spaces. The move away from clinical all-white spaces also suggests a desire to integrate some personality and color into one of the most important spaces in our homes.