8 Totally Awesome Kitchen Trends for 2016

With 2016 now firmly here, many people will be turning their attention to their homes and thinking about a spot of redecorating.  One room that is often considered the heart of the home is the kitchen, as this is where many families spend a lot of their time. This is a room that has become very popular in terms of giving it the love and attention it deserves. If you are thinking of revamping your kitchen this year, below are eight totally awesome kitchen trends that we believe will make it big in 2016.

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Open-Plan

Open-plan kitchens continue to be hugely popular, providing a centralised space where you can entertain guests while cooking. Breakfast bars, islands, and plenty of floor space ensure that this look is maximised.

Multifunctional Furniture

For homes in which space is at a premium, multifunctional kitchen furniture offers not only fantastic space-saving abilities but also look great as well. Kitchen islands can double up as dining tables while folding or retractable items help to save space when not in use.

GLASS AND METAL

When it comes to dramatic appeal in the kitchen, decorating with glass and metal is going to be huge in 2016. Glossy glass cabinets are replacing wood because of their ability to reflect more light. Glass is durable and stylish, and offers an elegant contemporary look to any kitchen. Combined with brushed steel, it looks effortlessly chic.

TEXTURE MIXING

2016 will see kitchens featuring a range of materials as well as mixed textures and shapes. While neutral colours remain popular, there will be a focus on moving away from having everything matching. This is particularly true when it comes to tiles. With this trend, it is acceptable to choose stone, mosaic brick tiles or kitchen mosaic tiles for the wall, with wood or mosaic tiles on the floor.

THIN COUNTERTOPS

To create a truly elegant look in the kitchen, think thin countertops and benchtops. It is possible to get countertops as thin as three millimetres, and experts agree that the thinner the better. Slim countertops are ideal in terms of providing resistance to heat, moisture and shock while looking sleek and elegant at the same time.

OPEN-PLAN

Open-plan kitchens continue to be hugely popular, providing a centralised space where you can entertain guests while cooking. Breakfast bars, islands, and plenty of floor space ensure that this look is maximised.

FEATURE TILE WALL

Tiles will be a popular option for a feature wall in 2016. Metallic tiles will be big for feature walls, as will 3D designs incorporating neutral colours but with plenty of texture. Geometric patterns, mosaics (including glass mosaic tiles) & glass tiles will also be popular, but large rectangular tiles are replacing the smaller tiles of previous years.

storage

Storage solutions will make a big splash in 2016, with an emphasis on kitchens with added space. Floor to ceiling cupboards with plenty of room for all appliances and other kitchen items is the way to go. This will help create a stylish space with no room for clutter.

Smart kitchen

Technology is becoming a bigger part of everyday life and the kitchen is one room in which you can make the most of it. There are many ways to make your kitchen a smart kitchen – think motion-activated taps and lighting, for example. You could also activate appliances and lighting with the touch of a button on your smartphone, or you could install docking stations for all your gadgets. It is even possible to purchase a digital thermometer that will alert your phone when your food is cooked. The sky is the limit when it comes to technology and gadgetry in 2016.

The above are just a few examples of the trends we expect to be big in 2016. If you are considering a new kitchen this year, think about incorporating a few of these trends to ensure the ‘heart of your home’ is bang on trend.

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