Sleek, shiny, stainless steel appliances are still on trend for 2012. However, aesthetics have little to do with it. Stainless is practical in the kitchen. Because it is nonporous, germs & bacteria can be wiped away basically.
Opening up the kitchen space & integrating it with the lounge is becoming increasingly popular. Homeowners require a space that is functional & inviting. Making a contemporary great room by opening the space between the allows simple & relaxed entertaining.
Eco-friendly & nature inspired materials are going to be popular choices for homeowners in 2012. Natural wood finishes on tables, dressers & furniture will be reminiscent of the outside. Colors that reflect nature, sky blues, forest green & neutrals are on trend. Take it a step further & use low VOC paints & stains.
Hardwood, bamboo, reclaimed wood floors are on trend in 2012. These surfaces are basically cleaned & maintained. Bamboo flooring is highly sustainable, & has the looks of new hardwood. Homeowners looking for something more unique ought to opt for reclaimed wood floors. These floors are recycled from dismantled buildings & like bamboo floors, are a more sensible choice for the environment. For 2012 any hard flooring option is a solid choice.