Hot Kitchen Trends in 2016
With 2016 just around the corner, it’s almost time for us to say farewell to the kitchen design trends that have had us hooked this past year, and welcome the ones that will soon capture our hearts. But with kitchen trends constantly changing, many people find themselves acting cautiously when it comes to following fashionable styles that could make their kitchen appear dated once they fade. However, by adopting trends that reflect your tastes and adding individual spins to of-the-moment looks, you can easily ensure that your culinary space offers the desired appeal that will last for years to come.
Here we highlight some of the styles, hues, finishes and furnishings that will dominate 2016 and how they have been incorporated into some of our own favourite projects.
At The Myers Touch, we are no stranger to incorporating metallics into our projects, so we were delighted to see that this chic trend is set to continue into next year! Warmer metallics such as gold, brass and copper are predicted to gain popularity over the coming months as they add a sophisticated warmth to a space. It is still possible however to incorporate cooler shades if you are looking to create that polished finish. To work some high-shine style into your kitchen, consider adding feature metallic pendant lights that can be hung above an island to compliment both contemporary and traditional styles, as shown in our ‘Less is more’ project.
If you are looking to revamp your kitchen but are unsure on whether to stick to modern or traditional elements, why not go transitional? This lesser-known style of design has recently grown in popularity through the blending and layering of different materials that allow greater scope for personal preference and flexibility. Projects like ‘The past, present and future’ demonstrate the unique ways that materials such as wood and more contemporary cabinets can be combined to create a timeless, functional and welcoming space.
An alternative way to blur the lines between contemporary and traditional is to add some vintage flair. This is perfect for renovators who are looking to create a cosy atmosphere amongst modern features, much like our‘Time for change’ project. The addition of the vintage-style stools in this kitchen creates a nostalgic feel that calms the elegance of the white island and units.
But that’s not all… There is also another secret to creating that balance between modern and tradition – texture! Regardless of colour and style, textures can instantly add depth and interest to a minimalist space, while also creating a warm and homely feel. There are a number of ways to add texture to the design of your kitchen, but some of our favourites include splashbacks, worktops and cabinets.
Next year will mark the return of soothing neutrals, but not as we know them. Classic, crisp white will remain a go-to hue in the year ahead, but it is expected that the introduction of white appliances is one factor helping to keep the colour in the spotlight. Grey is still a colour that will feature strongly, but in much warmer tones and will create a versatile palette of muted grey taupes. These shades are elegant, sophisticated and very much understated, perfect for accentuating detailed features in both period and contemporary properties. If you are looking for a little inspiration on bringing grey into your kitchen, check out our blog from last month.
Kitchen stools are well-known for their striking visual impact, but are notorious for not necessarily being kind when it comes to comfort. Reassuringly, it’s predicted that high-design style will take a backseat in 2016, welcoming soft and organic shapes as well as cosy fabrics. Our ‘Serenity and Style’ project showcases casual dining with a bespoke matte leather seating area, finished with contrasting cushions that add a pop of colour to an otherwise monochrome scheme – what more could you wish for?
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The social butterflies amongst us will be pleased to see that open plan living shows no sign of dwindling any time soon. This design style has your kitchen, dining and living spaces all rolled into one, reflecting the way many of us now use our homes as we cook, work, socialise and entertain. A multifunctional space to combine all of these activities is now typically essential, and some methods of incorporating this includes breakfast bars, peninsulas and islands.
It’s clear to see that 2016 will be a strong year for kitchen design, but some of the best trends are still yet to come! If you are looking for more information on any of the above or some that you have in mind yourself, contact The Myers Touch on 01962 600182.