Apartment Therapy post, IKEA has a way of making simple things exciting, and their influence over kitchen design has become rather huge.
Kitchens According to IKEA's 2013 Catalog
1. Industrial-style stainless steel for everyone. The RUBRIK stainless steel doors aren't a new addition this year (they've been out for at least a couple years) but IKEA put them front and center this year, along with a new faux-industrial-style pendant lamp, black and oversized.
2. Glass storage is officially in. I love the low prices of IKEA's food storage sets, but swore never to buy them again, because of the terrible plastic and low quality. Well, IKEA has jumped on the glass storage trend with these admittedly awesome glass baking dishes with silicone lids. These are multi-functional, good-looking, and well-priced.
3. Kitchens should be open. I noticed, more than ever before, that IKEA showed kitchens being wide open to the dining or living area. This has been a trend overall in American homes, of course, but I've never seen it dominate an IKEA spread quite so much. Nearly every kitchen had an island, that primary feature of an open kitchen.
4. Black and white are timeless and current...but turquoise is also having a moment. IKEA likes their bright pops of color, but these were somewhat absent in this round of kitchen catalog. Instead, in both tabletop and kitchens themselves, there was a lot of timeless, classic black and white. I did spy, though, several instances of turquoise, which seems to be having a moment and feels very fresh against the crisp black and white.
5. Kitchen carts are the answer. I also noticed several instances and good examples of the kitchen cart — an easy way to add simple storage and even extra countertop space in a small kitchen.
See the whole catalog: 2013 USA IKEA CatalogRelated: Do You Have an IKEA Kitchen Appliance? Share Your IKEA Appliance Reviews! (Images: IKEA)