Our latest issue out now!Fall 2017
At the beginning of the year we see a surge of homeowners looking to remodel their kitchens after realizing they can’t bear another holiday season in their current space. If this sounds familiar, then you’re ready to press the reset button and will need to do a little homework before you can put together a comprehensive kitchen design. Here we’ve broken down the latest kitchen trends to keep in mind for 2016.
Modern design styles are drastically gaining popularity throughout Orange County. The open concept kitchen and living area are in high demand, while creating a space with clean lines and a simplistic design. Smaller appliances are making a comeback and open shelving is being seen as a key element in up-and-coming kitchen designs.
Complimenting simple design trends is the popularity of the neutral, grey tones. These are seen most commonly seen in paint choices, cabinetry and tile selections. Benjamin Moore announced their color of the year to be Simple White, while Sherwin Williams followed suit with picking Alabaster to represent their 2016 color trends reconfirming this calming theme.
The days of matchy-matchy design are over. This coming year we will see the mixing of textures, sizes, shapes, and materials. Kitchen designs will incorporate different materials to create depth in texture and color which will be seen primarily in wall coverings and tile selections. In the past one tile may have been used as the shower wall and it continued onto the floor. This year we will see simple wall tiles being mixed with bold, patterned floor tiles. In the kitchen we are seeing mixed materials with island countertops being wood and the perimeter counters are quartz. To spice up a space we will also see designs that include neutral toned upper cabinets paired with dark stained base cabinets.
Each year exciting new products are released that allow homeowners more technical functionality in their kitchens and bathrooms. This year we will see the rise of Bluetooth enabled appliances, charging stations built into countertop materials, electronic drawer openers and more. You can now turn your oven on to pre-heat on your way home from work, how cool is that? Popular kitchen facets are sleek and censored to turn on with just a touch of the hand in addition to heated flooring in bathrooms and kitchens.
Black, stainless steel appliances are really making a comeback with clean, sleek designs from companies like Wolf, Thermador and Jenn-Air as well as retro-pastel finishes. Niche appliances such as warming drawers and steam ovens are becoming the norm in many high-end kitchens and microwave drawers will remain a must-have when designing with clean lines and a simple transitional look.
Modern kitchen designs that allow for everyday functionality will be the largest trend for 2016. Kitchen designs will focus on maximizing functional space including corner cabinet storage and open shelving. Oversized cabinet door hardware is popular for easy access to cabinets and appliances with a seamless, stylish aesthetic. Cabinet hardware finishes are also seeing a retro throwback with warm metals finishes such as bronze and copper. In 2016 you will want to watch for backsplashes with pops of color and geometrical tiles for added points of interest. Patterned hardwood flooring, either real or porcelain, will also be a front runner in kitchen designs.
When adding the final touches to a kitchen design, you’ll want to include vibrant pendant lighting to add drama, glamour and interest. Additional cabinet lighting is also gaining popularity and is seen behind toe kicks, in-cabinet, under cabinet and on kitchen islands to create warmth.
Home remodeling design trends of 2016 are fun, casual and stylish. Orange County will continue to promote transitional design styles somewhere between the old days of traditional and ultra-modern. We strive for homes that are cozy and functional, yet sophisticated and fashionable. Do your research and use tools such as Pinterest and Houzz to hone in on your individual style to plan your perfect remodel.