12 Mar Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends of 2016
It is no doubt that kitchens are the most gathered-in room in the house; so, whether you are up for a major kitchen remodel or need a little design inspiration to keep your house the envy of the neighborhood, you have to check out the top kitchen design trends for 2016.
- Personalized Cabinets:
Ready-to-assemble cabinets (RTA) are hitting homes across America as DIYers take control of their kitchens. Jacob Hurwith, of Improvenet, highlights “Personalized Cabinets” as his number one design trend to watch out for in 2016. “Homeowners are passing over custom cabinets for more affordable, yet design-friendly semi-custom cabinets.”
- White Wins
A classic, white, palette will continue to dominate the kitchen cabinet color wheel in 2016. This trend is not only timeless, but enables homeowners’ flexibility in decorating. White kitchens are modern and contemporary while emanating cleanliness, style and simplicity.
- A Nod to Nordic, Nordic design that is.
Move over Ikea, cabinet makers and kitchen designers across the globe are taking note of the classic and simplistic design elements of the Nordic style. We can thank the mid-century modern movement for this design trend, which allows for simplicity and functionality. Implement this trendy style with clean lines, neutral color palettes, natural wood textures and minimalist decorating approach.
- Well-lit Cabinetry,
Since DIY devotees are saving money on everything from RTA cabinets and DIY backsplashes, they are investing in functional lighting. Not only does this trend help the home-cook with meal prep, but customizes and drastically improves the look and mood of the kitchen.
- Bigger isn’t Always Better
Micro-living is taking off for millennials and retirees, while owners of multigenerational homes are installing tiny, secondary kitchens for returning adult children and elderly parents. Typically, these micro-kitchens feature a two-burner cooktop, combo microwave/convection oven, 18 inch dishwasher and 60-inch fridge.
- Technology is Taking Over
If you love your smart phone, smart tv or smart watch, you’ll love a Smart Kitchen! Whether you opt for a Wi-Fi enabled appliance or products you can control from your phone; a technologically advanced kitchen will definitely make your life easier.
- Natural Wood
Natural wood is everywhere and it isn’t stopping in the kitchen. If you want to update your kitchen pair beautiful walnuts, cherry or maple countertops with simple white shaker cabinets for a modern look. Don’t have enough to splurge on new counters, just add accented wood pieces like vases, bowls, or butcher-block cutting boards.
- Open Functional Layout
Whether you are throwing a seasonal soiree or have a cottage full of kids; everyone knows the kitchen is where everyone gathers. That’s why designers everywhere are creating, open kitchens that provide amble flexibility for everything from entertaining to science fair projects.
- Simplicity is Key.
Traditional design with its intricate details and ornate craftsmanship is taking a backseat to a more modern, simplistic approach. You can simplify your kitchen by updating cabinets, focusing on neutral colors or simply by hiding clutter.
- Countertop Customization
If you thought marble, granite or laminate countertops were your only options, think again. 2016 is the year of the countertop and with more than a dozen options, homeowners are sure to find the right countertop to fit their style and budget. So ditch your scratched up counter from the 90’s and install some quarts, tile, honed granite, stainless steel, glass, recycled, concrete, soapstone, travertine or wood.