When you are redesigning your kitchen, you want to follow the modern trends while still staying true to yourself and your particular taste. You also want it to be a kitchen you will enjoy for many years to come. Most importantly, it needs to be within your budget. Kind of a lot to think about! But no worries, here at Maplevilles, we have your back every step of the way. Below we are going to list the ten trends we have noticed to be strongest during 2016, how to go about recreating them, and what particular aesthetic it speaks to. We think you may really enjoy them.
- Greetings, Gray.
Gray is a color that has made a resurgence throughout the home in the last few years, but it has been a very popular color in the kitchen for 2016. What’s great about gray is that it can be warm, it can be cool, and it is always relaxing, whether it’s the color of the paint on the walls and/or cabinets. It also looks great with either stainless steel appliances and wooden floors. No matter what style you are interested in replicating, gray is a wonderful way to bring balance and cohesion to your kitchen.
- Intense Functionality and Accessibility
Currently, everyone wants a kitchen that is sleek in appearance, yet offers an immense amount of storage. Kitchen designers have taken this into consideration, and one of the biggest trends this year is modern functionality. Cabinet doors that open with the use of hydraulics, motion-sensor lights, multi-tiered drawers, and touch-free faucets are some of the biggest trends in this category.
- Super Star Sinks
It may sound silly at first, but homeowners who are redesigning a kitchen are looking at the sink to be the unexpected highlight of the kitchen. There are a variety of sink trends this year, such as those with a deep trough design, making cleaning up large pans and dishes a breeze. Also, particularly in kitchens that have neutral and muted tones, a brightly colored sink has become a very popular feature. In a room with a bare amount of coloring, a bright green sink will clearly stand out! In addition, faucet designs with crisp, architectural lines are huge right now.
- Mixed Media Countertops
While certain beautiful countertops are always in style, such as granite, quartz, and laminate, a newer trend taking over kitchens across the country this year is mixed media countertops, so to speak. Wooden countertops are making a rustic and popular appearance in many kitchens, and mix this with a part wood, part granite marble kitchen island, and you have a modern and unique kitchen centerpiece.
- Bringing a Dash of Work to the Kitchen
For a lot of kitchens in 2016, people are doing away with the traditional kitchen table and instead opting for a work station. This is probably not a bizarre concept to many of us, and now kitchen designers are taking advantage of this growing habit and helping homeowners create a work station in their kitchen, complete with space for your laptop, files, and of course, a docking station to charge and rest your assorted electronics.
- Oversized Fixtures
For a kitchen that is on the more muted side, a great way to add a bit of modern excitement is with oversized fixtures. This is most commonly seen with lighting. An oversized lighting fixture adds a dramatic wow factor, and can match any aesthetic that you have already cultivated in your kitchen, whether it’s modern, country, rustic, farmhouse, etc.
- High Contrast for an Unexpected Thrill
One of the strongest trends in kitchen design this year is the surprising juxtaposition between colors and hardware. For example, we’ve seen a lot of stark white cabinets, cool stainless steel trough sinks, black granite countertops, and warm wooden floors. It’s a welcoming take on modern design that should be sticking around for a while.
- Different Bursts of the Same Pattern
Imagine you have a bright, patterned tile backsplash on the wall above your sink. Now imagine it replicated, seemingly randomly, on an opposite wall, surrounding the kitchen window. This is an emerging trend in 2016 that homeowners are really enjoying. It allows you to add an unexpected burst of color, texture, and pattern, while continuing a general theme in the room.
- Nordic Resurgence
A popular design trend in the 1960s, the Nordic aesthetic was all about muted tones and minimal design. This is definitely making a comeback this year, with muted colors, light walnut wood accents, and a major lack of clutter. The Nordic look balances cool and breezy, modern, and throw-back all in one kitchen.
- Rustic Metal Range Hoods
Shiny, oversized metal range hoods are popping up all over kitchens this year. What’s great about this look is that if you have a kitchen that is all basically one tone, an oversized range hood made of metal hanging above your oven will add a much-needed rustic touch, and a dash of unexpected whimsy.
At Maplevilles, we always offer our customers exceptional service with our superior products. We also have a full-service design team that can help you transform your kitchen into your dream space. Not only are our designers on top of their game in terms of what is most desirable right now, but our installation team will put it together for you, so you will be all ready to start enjoying your new kitchen with no hassle! No matter what your personal style is or what kind of budget you have to work with, we are with you every step of the way. Stop by our showroom in El Monte to check out our products and services, and to find out more information.