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.  


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.