With 2016 coming to close, we look back to the most common kitchen trends for the year. These trends have dominated designer magazines and showrooms, as the most requested wish list items from homeowners looking to renovate. Take a look below to see if this years tops trends are in line with your tastes.
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1. Soft Palette Cabinets
-Good news if you’re already thinking about switching up your color scheme: Kitchen colors are changing. Though white motifs will still dominate, everything from cabinets to backsplashes will be done in less saturated tones. Charcoal, grays and even neutral pastels like pale blue, pale green gray and tinted whites are the new alternative to the standard white. Kitchens will also have lighter wood tones, including walnuts, whitewashed woods and white oak in rift grain.
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2. Smarter Design
-Get ready for a compartmentalized makeover. More and more, homeowners are choosing to combine spaces into one, which gives way to clever design.
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3. Metallic Comeback
-Mirrored backsplashes, brass accessories and high-gloss surfaces aren’t dead by a long shot, but they’re more elegant and refined this time around. Homeowners will opt for brass with satin rather than shiny finishes.
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4. Metal Range Hood
-One of last year’s biggest trends was metallic finishes, be it copper, brass or bronze. However, homeowners went with small helpings of metal, primarily using faucets, pendant lights and cabinet pulls to incorporate this raw texture. In 2016, metal will assume a more dominant role in kitchen aesthetics and trump wood as the range hood of choice. If you’re planning to follow suit with next year’s fixation on neutral color tones, a metal hood can introduce a burst of contrast into your kitchen.
5. All Open Spaces
-Maybe your kitchen feels disconnected from the rest of your home. Maybe you want your cooking space to feel more accommodating. Either way, this trend could be for you. Anticipate more streamlined kitchen designs in which the kitchen converges with the home’s primary living space. Designers will merge kitchens and living rooms by including hidden and integrated appliances.
6. Changes to Tradition
-While it’s no surprise that present-day kitchens are embracing simple design. It isn’t the end of traditional design as we know it though. It just means homeowners will opt for fewer frills and more calculated, strategically placed details. Traditional designs will always remain popular, but future renditions will be more deliberate with an emphasis on key elements like hoods, islands, cabinet crowns and so on.
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7. Mixing Textures
-It’s time to reimagine contrast in 2016. Variations in texture will rule, rather than traditional methods of contrast. Strong contrasting designs are being replaced with more texture-on-texture designs. It won’t be about mixing and matching textures, though. Instead, designers will reposition the same texture in different patterns throughout the kitchen.
8. Mid Century Modern
-This trend gives credit to the popularity of mid century modern furniture and says the period design will trickle down to kitchens. You can get in on this minimalist movement by choosing predominantly white color palettes, designing with light wood textures and clearing away unnecessary clutter. Nordic design is all about simplicity and functionality.
9. Well-Lit Cabinetry
-Homeowners won’t settle for just ceiling lights and table lamps to illuminate their kitchens. The two designers say extensive cabinet lighting is a trend to watch. Low-voltage light tape strips are used as accent pieces below cabinets, above cabinets, inside cabinets and below countertop overhangs. These features will be grouped with recessed can lights to offer better mood-setting capabilities.