Trends in Kitchen Design
Trends in kitchen design for 2016
Trends in kitchen design can change from year to year but a lot of aspects tend to stay the same or similar. Kitchens are undeniably the heart of today’s homes so, understandably, you want your kitchen to look its best. Even if you aren’t in the market for a total re-do, one or two trendy updates will bring your kitchen into the 21st century. Wondering what color to paint your cabinets? The kitchen industry’s leading manufacturers say that while white cabinets continue to be tops, gray is the shade they’re betting on to break white’s top spot in cabinets.
Trends in kitchen design are easy to adapt your home to with just a few new small appliances or a fresh coat of paint. If you’re sick of the same stark kitchens and stainless steel scattered throughout, 2016 is the year to give the hub of your home some character. Following a period of the all-white kitchen crowned as king, this year’s kitchen trends come on strong with non-traditional lighting, black hardware and natural materials. This year’s kitchen features products that are: earth-friendly; high-tech; colorful; designed for fresh, healthy food preparation; and all about convenience meets multi-functionality.
There are trends in kitchen design when it comes to every aspect of the kitchen design. Whether it is cabinets or lighting, floors or counter tops. Opt for new functionality; not only is the color of kitchen cabinets changing — hardware manufacturers are changing the way cabinet doors and drawers function. Hydraulic, easy-close doors fold up and out of the way with the touch of a button making them perfect for kitchens where space is an issue. The ongoing trend of fewer upper cabinets in the kitchen opens up more space for decorative task lighting, like sconces. It’s not all about under-cabinet lighting so much anymore.
More and more, trends in kitchen design are incorporating dining rooms and sitting rooms into a unified space. Consequently, kitchen cabinets are looking more like fine furniture, and counters and islands are becoming dining tables. Banquette seating can offer comfortable seating for people who congregate in the kitchen for more than food. Green is in all over the house—perhaps most of all in the kitchen. Renewable and recycled, environmentally safe, and energy-efficient products abound. Sustainable and renewable materials such as bamboo, cork, and recycled woods are all trending currently and should continue to be popular for years to come.