January 4th, 2016 | Kitchens
Now that 2015 has come to a close, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the emerging kitchen trends for 2016. If you’re considering redoing your home any time in the near future, be sure to take a peak at six upcoming kitchen design trends that are sure to spark your creativity and give you some decor inspiration.
1. Incorporating color
While white kitchen spaces still take the crown for the most popular color scheme, more and more designers and homeowners have started to design kitchens with multiple color schemes. Whether it’s creating a colorful backsplash or adding red curtains and chairs to offset an all white kitchen, incorporating color into your space is one trend that is here to stay.
2. Mixed metallic fixtures and appliances
This year kitchen design has shied away from uniform looking appliances and has instead infused variety by mixing metals like stainless steel, bronze, and copper. This kitchen in particular has three different metals with copper pendant lights, stainless steel appliances and oil-rubbed-bronze cabinet hardware.
3. Eco-friendly design
Many homeowners have taken the plunge and have opted for a green kitchen over a trendy kitchen. Green kitchen design has come a long way from simply adding energy saving appliances and now includes using nontoxic materials and finishes for countertops and cabinets, energy-efficient natural ventilation, and switching to induction cook tops. While green friendly kitchens are still relatively new, with more knowledge and innovations into clean energy, it’s clear that eco-friendly design will become the norm in years to come.
4. Creative backsplashes
One major design trend this year is the switch from subway tile backsplashes to colorful, eye-catching ones. Backsplashes add a unique decorative element to any kitchen and many homeowners have chosen to exercise their creativity and have customized their backsplash with materials like reclaimed barn wood, magnetic chalkboard paint, mosaic china pieces, and even wine corks. When designing a backsplash, the sky is the limit, so be ready to put your DIY skills to the test.
5. High-tech upgrades
Recently there has been a surge in home automation products that have made kitchen processes a lot more streamlined. Whether it’s built in coffee systems, eco-friendly washers, or multimedia ventilation hoods, high tech kitchen upgrades are becoming ever more popular.
6. Furniture-style design features
Kitchens have long since moved past the days of being used primarily as a functional area for food preparation and have instead become a space that the whole family can enjoy. With furniture-style design features becoming more prevalent in kitchens in the past year, homeowners have been able to make their kitchens warm and welcoming, just like their living rooms.