9 Kitchen Trends to Look for in 2016

Posted by Laine Smith on 11/9/15 5:38 PM

Topics: Home Ownership

Ready to upgrade your kitchen in 2016? Minor kitchen remodels are one of the best home improvement investments. Here are some of the biggest trends for 2016 kitchen design trends to use as inspiration.

9 Kitchen Trends to Look for in 2016

Apron Sinks

Apron Sink

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Apron or farmhouse sinks remain a climbing trend in sink styles. This type of sink blends well with almost every style of kitchen from traditional to contemporary. Homeowners are using this high-function style of sink to add a punch of color or texture to their kitchens, though white apron sinks are still a big "do".

Statement Backsplashes

Statement Backsplash

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Backsplashes are a great way to add interest to any kitchen. For 2016, go bold with texture and/or color. Geometric motifs, like the one pictured above, are expected to be big in home decor textiles, as well.

Porcelain Surfaces

Porcelain Surfaces

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Porcelain is by no means a new material, but it's surfacing as a top pick for kitchen surfaces. Known in the industry as a sintered compact surface, porcelain can withstand extreme heat, has incredible durability and near-zero porosity.

Shaker-Style Cabinetry

Shaker Cabinetry

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Minimalism in cabinetry design is all the rage. Shaker-kitchen style cabinets can add streamlined style to contemporary or traditional home design. Though the design has been around since the 1800's, this style of cabinetry has been in vogue for years.

Horizontal Cabinetry

 

Horizontal Cabinetry

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Though square and vertical cabinets are still the preferred style, horizontal cabinetry is paving its way into wish lists. The horizontal orientation is a great option for homeowners with low ceilings in their kitchens. The sleeker, refined appearance is a great option for the mid-century modern style homeowner.

Neutral Tones

Neutral Tone Cabinetry

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White cabinets are the little black dress of kitchen design; they go with anything and everything. While white remains the top pick for cabinetry, expect to see gray making its way into kitchen designs again in 2016.

Gray was a hot color for kitchens in 2015, but in 2016, expect to see warmer shades of gray along with other neutral, spa-like design elements. Earthy tones paired with white offer warmth and a pleasant contrast.

Doses of Rose Gold, Brass & Copper

Rose Gold Sink

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Mixed metals and metallics have been trending for the past few years, but warmer metals are making their way back into home designs. Brass, gold and copper fixtures will trump silver and stainless steel in 2016, adding warmth and sophistication.

Natural Elements

Natural Elements

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Sustainability and green-living set aside, the look of nature in your home is a big to-do for 2016. Think stone, unstained wood, brick, non-artificial floral arrangements, baskets, and tons of natural lighting.

High-Tech & Smart-Kitchen Additions

Smart Refrigerator

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Kitchens of the future are here to stay. Technology has expanded from smart thermostats and home automation systems to kitchen appliances. An oven that you can control from your smart phone? A refrigerator with a Wi-Fi-enabled LCD screen? You'll wonder how you lived without it.

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