It’s that time again, when we at
Builder get to look back on 2012, try to recall everything we saw, and reflect on what was most impressive. There was a lot to love this year, but here are the 10 design trends that matter most.
1. FANTASY ISLAND
Whether a kitchen is country French or streamlined modern, kitchen islands are becoming wider, longer, and harder-working. These islands now serve as dining area, prep space, bookcase, storage unit, and display case for art objects. This year, we’ve noticed more kitchens with parallel islands positioned at the center of the room.
Amy Albert is editor of Custom Home and a senior editor at Builder. She covers all aspects of design. Previously, she
was kitchen design editor at Bon Appetit;
before that, she was senior editor at Fine
Cooking, where she shot, edited, and wrote stories on kitchen design. Amy
studied art history with an emphasis on architecture and urban design at the
University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Los Angeles. Write her at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow her on Twitter @CustomHomeMag and @amyatbuilder, or join her on Custom Home's Facebook page.