Kitchen Trends in 2016

Having the opportunity to see a variety of homes on a daily basis enables us to see the latest in design trends. Kitchens are particularly important since certain styles will date the space. As real estate brokers, we understand the need for simplicity but since we have a knack for interior design, we also appreciate timeless looks with a twist.

Here are some tips to achieve a classic kitchen, keeping on trend and even adding a little character:

  1. White is not the only neutral

Let’s face it, who doesn’t love an all white kitchen? The practicality of white, however, is a different story. It’s hard for whites to stay crisp and weathered looking. The beauty of pale, tonal greys is that you get the longevity and a little more character than just your average all-white kitchen. Greys and whites look beautiful together as well, so you don’t have to opt for staying within one color. To this point, a classic black and white palette also stands the test of time.

  1. Sinks can make a statement too

Who would have thought to incorporate a unique sink to set your kitchen apart from the rest? We love a farmhouse sink and seeing them now offered in metals, stone, and concrete is really exciting. A cool, unique sink may even make washing dishes more fun – we, however, cannot promise this!

  1. Quartz is the new marble

Let us digress and admit we love marble and believe there are certain colors and textures only marble can achieve. Unfortunately, marble is one of the most porous stones out there and utilizing marble in a kitchen, particularly with children, is a recipe- no pun intended- for disaster. Quartz, on the other hand, is extremely durable, less costly, and often can achieve the same look as marble. Like marble, quartz is available in a variety of thicknesses and right now homeowners are choosing very thick countertops to really create an impact in their kitchens.

  1. Maximize kitchen storage

The days of single paneled cabinetry are long over. Consumers look to their kitchens for significant amounts of storage and while adding cabinetry is more expensive, you stay on trend and keep within the expectations of the market. Seeing as many homes as we do, 90% of the kitchens have upper cabinetry to the ceiling or utilize every spare inch, being mindful of available space. We particularly adore floating shelving for its European chic vibe. Floating shelving or clear glass cabinets do come with a disclaimer: Must be able to keep dishes organized!

  1. Combine different aesthetics and materials

More and more when you go through magazines, you come to see that the lines of design “rules” are blurred.  Just because you inherited your grandmother’s traditional wood dining table, doesn’t mean you have to adhere to a traditional aesthetic in the rest of the kitchen/dining space. Adding a touch of contemporary feels very new and relevant in today’s design world. Clean, architectural lines are not limited to modern design and utilizing different materials in a kitchen– like raw wood, concrete, and travertine – is simply fabulous.

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