Kitchen Design Trends for 2016
Your kitchen is arguably the most important room in your house from a design standpoint. It has to be functional, but stylish. It’s a high-traffic area that becomes a focal point where your family and friends take notice.
It also goes a long way in determining the resale value of your home if you ever want to put it on the market. It’s easy to tell when your kitchen’s style is getting out of date, so here are some upcoming kitchen design trends for 2016 that could help spruce up your kitchen’s look.
This year and next year are seeing a return to high-contrast, classic black and white kitchens when remodeling. Using the tension between country and modern styles, black and white kitchen design provides a clean, sleek look when combined with natural wood floors as a counterpoint.
2016 kitchen color trends are centered around natural colors – the light grays of stone and concrete, soft whites for the cabinets, browns used for floors and natural wood accents, rich hues for accent tiles as well as copper and steel the bringing a shiny, industrial feel are dominating the modern kitchen landscape.
Cabinets in 2016 are moving away from the classic wood finish and instead using whites and grays to give a cleaner, modern look. Cabinets with glass surfaces are another new trend adding a lighter, classic look to kitchen interiors. Cabinet doors with tempered glass bring a more spacious look to your kitchen and are a departure from the bulkiness of wood-grain cabinets.
It’s easy for a kitchen to be overwhelmed with clutter. That’s why adding storage solutions is another big kitchen trend for 2016. Some of the modern kitchen storage solutions include: corner cabinets, Lazy Susans, pullout cabinets, freestanding pantries, multi-tier drawers, hidden electronic docking stations for portable devices, tall pantry cabinets and pullout spice cabinets.
Quartz counters are becoming more and more popular this year and will continue on into next year. It’s easy to see why. Quartz is nonporous, resists heat and is resistant to scratching and spills. It also adds the ultra-attractive stone look to your kitchen and comes in a wide variety of colors and styles, making it an adaptable solution to any design you have in mind.
Along with quartz counters becoming popular are modern, natural finished wood counters that resemble a large chunk of a tree making their way into new kitchen designs. These counters add a rustic, earthy quality to a kitchen and go nicely with the newer black and white kitchen designs giving them a nostalgic look, and helps keep them from looking too sterile.
Backsplashes and Sinks
The sink and backsplash area is another focal point of 2016 kitchen designs. These are places where a more colorful emphasis can be a way to add nice accents to your kitchen. Materials like stone, subway tiles, and stainless steel are all becoming popular because they blend well, are cost-effective and add an element of spaciousness.
Apron sinks are also becoming popular because they blend well with any design and provide more than enough room for cleaning big pots and pans. They can also be used to add a splash of color to an otherwise neutral kitchen design and add a unique element most kitchen won’t have.
Technological advances are happening in all areas of the home, and the kitchen is no exception. Elements like hands-free faucets and automatic lights are providing homeowners with convenient ways to get more out of their kitchens while becoming more efficient as well. After introducing such handy devices, it’s almost impossible to ever go back.
Hardwood flooring is seen as the perfect accent to today’s modern kitchen. They are an attractive option for kitchens using neutral colors and are also very durable and easy to keep clean. While it is a bit more expensive than other flooring options, the cost can be somewhat offset by the type of wood used. In the long run, however, investing in a better flooring wood will bring about future savings and add value to your home.
If you’re considering a fresh kitchen remodel for 2016, contact All Seasons Construction today at 316-685-1700 for a free consultation.