Whether you’re cooking, spending time with family, or simply eating breakfast at the counter before work, you probably spend a lot of time in your kitchen. In fact, a recent study by Houzz found that, on average, people spend 2-3 hours a day in their kitchens. With that much time spent in the kitchen, you deserve to transform it into a room you love!
If you are just starting the process, take a look at KitchenMagic.com’s “5 Steps to Your Dream Kitchen Remodel” for a list of steps to complete your kitchen remodeling design.
If you’re wondering how you can design a kitchen that’s perfect for you and your family, here are six kitchen remodeling trends to try in 2016.
One of the overarching trends this year is that the kitchen is becoming more than just a space for cooking. Open plans and technology integration are making kitchens more of a destination room than ever. No longer a separate room, kitchens are merging with family rooms to become the hub of the house.
Many people now watch TV in their kitchens, which means that furniture in or near the kitchen – if the room is open-plan – is a must. Keeping the kitchen space open and integrated with the rest of the house also makes entertaining easy, allowing guests and family members to move about freely without crowding the kitchen.
Our good friends, Hatfield Builders and Remodelers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area have an amazing kitchen portfolio if you are looking for additional design ideas.
This year, many people are opting for a clean, minimalist kitchen style. Not only does a minimalist style keep the room looking clean, but it also makes your kitchen easy to navigate. As part of a minimalist style, stainless steel appliances, durable granite or quartz countertops, and furniture with simple lines are all fashionable – and practical – choices.
Need more ideas? Check out “3 Unique Kitchen Remodeling Projects in Downers Grove” for pictures and ideas.
Creative Storage Options
In line with a minimalist style, creative storage options are becoming more popular than ever. Extra cupboards, drawers, and pull-out shelves are all excellent ways to store kitchen necessities without sacrificing a minimalist aesthetic. Charging and storage stations for electronic devices are also becoming a kitchen staple.
Expect to see subtle color palates in kitchens this year. Whites and off-whites are becoming popular, along with subtle color pairings in pinks, neutrals, or cool tones. Soft colors add brightness and a sense of cleanliness to the kitchen, and can make the space look larger. To add interest to your color scheme, try experimenting with subtle textures and patterns. This can help you add depth to the kitchen.
Although hardwood floors are trending this year for kitchen remodeling projects, wood floors are truly a classic style. Aside from being beautiful and easy to clean, wood floors are a great way to add a feeling of warmth to the kitchen. This can be especially important if you’re using a muted color palate but don’t want the kitchen to end up looking clinical or bland. Keep in mind that if you have small children or pets, you’ll want to be sure to choose a wood that won’t scratch easily. Check an article we wrote: Hardwood Flooring Trends: Our Comprehensive Selection Guide
This year, many people are looking to previous decades for inspiration. In particular, accents from the eighties, such as backsplashes and metal accents, are being tempered with the simplistic style of the 60s. If you’re looking to prior years for inspiration, feel free to be creative. You don’t need to adhere exactly to the style of a prior decade, but can make changes according to your tastes.
Remember that you’ll be using your kitchen for years to come, so choose a design you love – not just one that’s fashionable! In choosing your kitchen design, it can be helpful to think about how your kitchen design will integrate with the rest of your house.
Are you thinking of remodeling your kitchen this year? Please contact us to find out how we can help you design the kitchen of your dreams!
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