My Home: 9 Kitchen Trends for 2016

We are into the third month of the year and now, got some kitchen confidentials to share — 9 Kitchen Trends for 2016 with the help of Houzz and the forecasts of interior designers Jane Lockhart and Gail Drury. What can we say? Well, just let you know as we go through them one by one, here goes..

Soft, muted color palettes
Soft, muted color palettes

One. Soft colors in the kitchen are certainly welcome. And it’s not all about ’em becoming or being the more popular tones. But like music, color which has a lot to do with ambiance inspires us to do well with our culinary artistry.

Smart spaces
Smart spaces

Two. Smart devices. Smart appliances. Smart kitchen. Definitely, a space-saving kitchen is a must. And this is not just about packing in those high-tech appliances, but with all the preparation and cookin’ goin’ on — you need to be able to move around, you know.

An '80s reboot
An ’80s reboot

Three. What about the ’80s? Yeah, what about it?? As Lockhart says, “mirrored backsplashes, brass accessories and high-gloss surfaces aren’t dead but more elegant and refined this time around.” Indeed, simply a removal of the ‘plastic’ look.

Metal range hoods
Metal range hoods

Four. So, there will be more of the metal hoods this year — instead of the ‘wood mantle’ hoods — to go with other holdings like faucets and drawers. And why not, it’s got a different kind of appeal! Like, you’re coming from the dungeon of master chefs! Wow!

Integrated kitchen living spaces
Integrated kitchen living spaces

Five. Ahhh, the need for integration is not simply about the kitchen feeling disconnected from the rest of the house, but it is more like having easier access to your ‘food bucket’ — and saving more space (even decors) for other purposes. Seriously.

A new kind of tradition
A new kind of tradition

Six. Hmm… It’s all about evolving with time — and ‘space’. The ‘big’ basics are more emphasized, like the hood and islands while dangles would be lesser making the kitchen more down-to-earth. Yeah, let the artistry be more on the food! Hah!

Texture-on-texture contrast
Texture-on-texture contrast

Seven. One way to make the kitchen more lively lies in repositioning texture designs. Absolutely. Just like clothing, you can not just keep wearing the same old design where color is the only difference, see?! The kitchen has to feel alive, and not be a drag!

A nod to midcentury mod
A nod to midcentury mod

Eight. Something that’s obviously true. The living room, or furnitures for that matter should have strong influence on the kind of kitchen we put up; otherwise, there goes the ‘disconnection’! What matters  here is having a functional kitchen — and making things simple not only helps bring the costs down but makes a statement!

Well-lit cabinetry
Well-lit cabinetry

Nine. Then again, it’s in the ‘lighting’ where accentuation would be more present. That’s going to be like the hightlight of the kitchen — just do not overdo it! Subtle, in some ways, is always beautiful..

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