With holiday entertaining just barely behind us, this is a natural time of year for people to assess their home with a careful eye and ask themselves if it’s time for that renovation they’ve been dreaming about. And when it comes to remodeling, the heart of the home (aka the kitchen) remains a main focus for most homeowners. While kitchen design trends are generally a little slower to change than general interior design, there are always some refreshing new looks that are worth considering. Here’s a look at what to be aware of this year among top kitchen design trends.
Horizontal Orientation Cabinetry
While squares and vertical rectangles still reign, horizontal cabinetry is on the rise. As cabinets get wider, there is less of a need to stack them, making access much easier, and giving your kitchen a cleaner, more refined look.
New Appliance Finishes
Move over, gleaming silver! Sleek black stainless is the newest appliance finish and just might be the trend of the future, according to some experts. In reality, the demise of stainless is predicted very time a new material hits the scene, but none of them have really come close to supplanting traditional stainless as the appliance go-to. But black stainless is an interesting new alternative if the look of conventional stainless steel doesn’t appeal to you, or if you’re tired of fingerprints and smudges.
Instead of incorporating only one or two materials for the perfect, polished look, homeowners will be turning to a variety of materials for a more eclectic vibe. Mixing materials, such as the wood, metal and stone here, can make a kitchen look modern, luxe and classic all at the same time.
Softer Color Palettes
While white cabinets will continue to be the go-to favorite, experts say that charcoal, grays and even neutral pastels and tinted whites will be the shades to watch for bumping standard white out of the top spot. Another up-and-coming trend you’ll see is the combining of cabinet colors (like pairing soft gray cabinets with rich wood tones). Bold, primary colors will be placed on the back burner in 2016, while muted blues, greens and soft yellows will be used as accent colors.
This creamy kitchen does a great job of playing with muted blues in the soft window treatment, upholstered barstools, shelving and counter accents for a cohesive look.
The gray painted cabinetry pairs beautifully with the rich wood tone of the island.
Classic Black and White
As styles evolve, the look may change but the appeal of a black-and-white kitchen seems timeless. The look for 2016 is all about high contrast — this design juxtaposes black cabinets and white marble but also benefits from the tension between rustic and modern. Warm hardwood floors in a herringbone pattern are an effective counterpoint to the sleek high contrast black and white scheme.
Metal Range Hoods
Metal will assume a more dominant role in kitchens as it overtakes wood as the range hood of choice in 2016. Whether copper, brass or bronze, a metal range hood is a great way to introduce contrast to your kitchen.
The kitchen of the future is here, so get ready for a hi-tech makeover. More kitchens will have hidden charging stations, as well as state-of-the-art smart appliances that can be controlled remotely via Bluetooth. Click here to see some really cool (and smart!) kitchen devices.
Wherever your kitchen remodeling takes you, Prestige Marble & Granite can provide you with the perfect natural stone surfaces to complement your personal style. We offer a large selection of exotic and rare natural stones that are sure to provide your design project with a one-of-a-kind look. Stop by our indoor showroom anytime; we’re here to help you every step of they way – from selection and layout through fabrication and installation.