Interior design is like artwork – personal. And there's not really a right or wrong way to decorate your own home. There are certainly trends and recommendations that experts recommend you to follow and perhaps there are suggestions that designers and real estate agents might pass along with resale value in mind. But we like to give information about what's trending for 2016 and let you make your own decision. And because kitchens are often a selling feature in a home, we're going to give you the top 5 kitchen design trends for 2016.
1. Muted Colors
White and neutral colors for large spaces are always recommended but they're particularly encouraged for 2016. Light colors make a room feel larger and bright, while darker colors can make a room more intimate and gloomy. 2016 is seeing a steady growth in lighter tones. This includes paint, cabinets and appliances. Even wood tones are getting lighter. Opt for light grays, tinted whites and pale blues, such as Robin's Egg.
2. Efficiency and Functionality
This kitchen design trend will be sticking around for a long time. Cabinets and storage spaces are being designed with efficiency in mind so you'll have room to put away everyday items that are displayed. And you'll love that many kitchens are being created with charging stations for your most beloved phones and tablets. Additionally, drawers rather than cupboards are being used to maximize storage.
3. Mixed metals
Mixing metals in the kitchen became popular in 2015 and it's here to stay for 2016. Warm metals, including copper and bronze, really complement stainless steel sinks. Or consider adding an oversized brass item to a mostly stainless kitchen. Be careful to pair a light metal with a darker one. And don't mix more than two to three metals at most.
4. Bold Fixtures
If you're thinking your kitchen looks a bit boring with its neutral color palette, consider adding a bold and bright fixture to liven it up. Oversized light fixtures give a room a bit of depth and drama and you'll love the pop of color. Some fixtures even offer interchangeable shades, allowing you to change it once you've tired of the same color.
5. Commercial Grade and Automation
Convenience is everything in newer kitchens. From hands free faucets to sensor-activated lights to meat thermometers that simply text you when your food is complete, there's nothing these appliances can't do. And commercial grade fridges, stoves and dishwashers are extremely popular. Never worry about food going cold again – with these industrial sized appliances, you'll be able to cook everything at once.
However you design your kitchen and home, make sure it reflects your personal style. Redecorating can be quite an investment, so you'll want to make sure you make it something you love.
Do you have a favorite kitchen design trend that you don't see listed? Comment below and let us know!
Get in touch with the Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group if you'd like to begin your Northern Virginia real estate search today!