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Kitchen Trends For 2016

2016 is set to be quite an exciting year when it comes to home design. The kitchen is one particular room many homeowners are choosing to renovate and upgrade in order to keep up with modern design, color schemes and technology. If you are planning on renovating or designing your kitchen in 2016, here are some of the top kitchen trends of the year for you to consider incorporating into your plans.

Gray Hues

Have you noticed that bright white surfaces in the kitchen have been becoming less and less popular over the past few years? This is mostly because many homeowners have been opting for elegant neutral tones such as gray when it comes to cabinetry and other surfaces in the kitchen. In fact, many home designers and industry experts are expecting gray cabinetry and other kitchen pieces to surpass the sales of traditional white versions in 2016.

Hydraulic Doors and Drawers

It's no surprise at all that home designers are always looking for ways to make the kitchen more functional and convenient for homeowners. One neat way they're doing so in 2016 is by installing hydraulic doors and drawers. These state-of-the-art doors, drawers and cabinets prevent slamming by easily gliding open and close with very little effort from the user.

Automation

Thanks to the rapid advancements of modern technology, our kitchens are becoming much more “smarter” and efficient. For example, in the upcoming year we will likely see an increase in high-tech kitchen appliances such as faucets with motion sensors, automatic trash bins and “smart” refrigerators.

Farmhouse-Inspired Details

Kitchens inspired by country farmhouses are making a major comeback in 2016. We are starting to see more kitchen designers incorporating subtle rustic details such as deep farmhouse sinks, distressed wood, galvanized metals and soapstone countertops.

Colored Sinks

Traditionally, kitchens have had either a pure white, off-white or stainless steel sink but that is now changing. This year, we will begin seeing many more homeowners choosing to install sinks in a variety of fun colors that match their décor or personality such as bright red, earthy green, cheery yellow and fiery orange.

Bold Lighting Fixtures

Needless to say, kitchen design in 2016 will be all about incorporating big, bold lighting fixtures that immediately draw the eye. Large circular shades, over-the-top chandeliers, abstract pendants and round drums featuring trendy patterns are predicted to be all the rage this year.

Quartz Countertops

Granite countertops are still extremely popular, but many homeowners and designers are now choosing counters made out of more industrial materials that are easier to care for such as quartz stone. Quartz countertops are made by mixing natural quartz particles from granite with epoxy resins in order to make them more durable as well as both stain and heat-resistant.

All in all, 2016 will be a fantastic year when it comes to refreshing new kitchen designs, styles, color schemes and so much more. Whether you are a designer or homeowner, you definitely should keep an eye out for these 7 kitchen trends when designing your own kitchen or attending trade shows throughout the year.