Posted 6.20.13 @ 3:45 by: Staff

If you've been on Pinterest lately, you've probably seen some of the new trends emerging for this year into next for bathrooms and kitchens. Say goodbye to those country style sinks and wash basins and hello to undermount sinks in your bathroom. Get fancy with bathroom furnishings and touch activated faucet so even if you have your hands full you can get things done.

But each year brings a whole new host of trends for decor, but this year has some surprises in store for both kitchens and bathrooms. From the grey colour schemes to glass backsplashes, there's a lot to get excited about.

Bathrooms and Kitchens Big Business

According to a recent survey homeowners spent almost $50,000 on average on remodelling their kitchens and about $20,000 on average for their bathrooms. This might seem like a lot, but this is where a lot of the value in homes ends up being in the grand scheme of things.

When it comes to luxury real estate you may be tempted to go a little overboard - but remember that there really is no category for super luxury when the appraiser comes to do their job. You want to bring it up to the standard of the rest of your neighbourhood, but you also want to give it a little personal twist. Not Greek nude murals in the bathroom personal twist, but enough to separate yourself from the parade of homes they've seen before.

Grey, White and Black

Standing in stark contrast with the top trends last year, 2013 is going to be all about black and white, grey color schemes and glass backsplashes. This kind of look goes a long way, even once things move back to color. White painted cabinetry in your kitchen is always stylish - but you may want to think about having your cabinets refaced.

A Light in the Darkness

Satin and brushed nickel finishes for lighting fixtures will be the thing to watch out for this year, but LED lighting will be the biggest hit. Bright but consuming less power, LED lighting allows you to do so much more with your spaces. Spotlighting and under cabinet lighting makes everything easier to see without wasting light from a single spare bulb dangling above.

Touch Activated

People don't want to have to turn a knob and transfer germs back and forth; with touch activated faucets and lighting people will have much more control over their space than they did before and give them that much needed "third hand".

Ceramic, Glass and Tile

Glass backsplashes are back with a vengeance but they're not just for kitchens anymore! You'll find that a glass backsplash in your bathroom can go a long way towards giving it that modern feel.

It's about shiny, beautiful textures and monochromatic tones throughout your kitchen and bathroom this year. Just remember that if you do one room you may want to do another, if only to make the updates uniform and flow throughout the house!

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