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Modern Kitchen Trends 2016

In most homes, the kitchen remains the central social space. It’s also one of the most expensive areas of a property to renovate, so styling trends have to be taken with a grain of salt. Here’s what we’re seeing in 2016, and how you should react to it.

Worktops: Old Stone/New Materials

Worktops continue to set the tone for any kitchen, and, given the fact that they are expensive to replace, you need to give plenty of thought to what will work best. Many people have been requesting natural materials such as granite or even marble; this marries with the trend seen in 2016 towards minimalist kitchen design and monochromatic colours.

However, you might want to hold your horses before you opt for traditional stone, even if it is buffed to a modern shine. Newer technologies, such as Dekton, allow homeowners the chance to receive the styling advantages of those materials while enjoying an increase in durability and longevity, so it isn’t surprising to see that these newer options have grown in popularity.

Accenting: Mixed Metals/Unbroken

One of the biggest changes we’ve seen during 2016 is a renewed focus on accenting materials. Two separate camps have emerged this year: metals and glass. The blending of warm metals, such as brushed steel or copper, has become popular for doorknobs, extractor fans, and lighting fixtures. People like seeing these older touches being given new life, and the use of these materials tends to bring a little added warmth. Glass accents are also appearing. In particular, glass-fronted cabinets, glass shelves, and glass doors are becoming popular.

Glass might bring a touch of elegance, but mixed metals are likely to pull ahead as the more practical choice. Both materials might be perfect for adding a dash of styling, but the extensive use of glass throughout a kitchen quickly means waging an unending battle against smudges and watermarks.

Lighting: LED Wins Out

The move towards LED lighting, particularly in the kitchen, isn’t so much a trend of 2016 as it is a general move towards efficiency. With their clean, white illumination and ability to last decades without burning out, LED bulbs are ideal.

Remember, without the right lighting you are going to struggle to appreciate your kitchen. In fact, you’ll struggle to use it at all. Make sure you follow the trend towards strip lighting along the ceiling and task lighting above well-used areas to get the best out of your space. Large central fixtures should be avoided.

Redecorating your kitchen

When thinking about redecorating a kitchen, there is more to it than changing the wallpaper or a lick of paint. Cupboards, worktops and appliances are not simple to replace regularly. By opting for a design that is elegant and of good quality, your kitchen will stand the test of time. Maximise space with clever storage, hidden appliances and corner cupboards.

A blend of natural colours and textures seamlessly compliment each other. Marble and granite are naturally engrained with a broad colour palette; wooden cupboards in their natural state, or painted, are enhanced by a multi-tonal worktop. A splashback adds elegance to the overall look, and draws attention to the focal point of the kitchen, the cooker. A marble or granite border ties it all together, leaving the wall space above for areas of colour or lighting features. Natural materials stand the test of time both for practicality and effortless style.

The quality of the design will speak for itself; complete the space with small, quirky details that add vibrancy. Detailed faucets, splashes of stainless steel or chrome, or a vintage ceramic kitchen sink set an individualistic tone. Lighting can be a useful tool for drawing attention to these finer details. Lighting under floating cupboards or on skirting boards can give the illusion of extra space by eliminating dark areas. For a bold feature, statement walls harmonise with a neutral palette, and can be easily updated with a mixture of textures or styles. Accessories and textiles can be regularly updated to add a modern touch to a classic kitchen; a luxe fabric adds a designer feel to a simple space.

Do not let the function of a kitchen mark the fact that it is the heart of the home. Whether you want a cosy heaven, a calming space or somewhere to accommodate a busy lifestyle, your kitchen should ultimately reflect who you are. Simplicity, elegance and quality will ensure that no matter how you modernise your space with accessories or textiles, your kitchen will remain a reflection of you.