We’ve recently explored new routes that homeowners are discovering with their kitchen designs in 2016. With an emphasis on cabinet lighting, high-tech appliances, and metal range hoods, we can expect to see some major kitchen transitions.
According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, there will be some additional features we can expect to see in our kitchens:
- Transitional style
- Gray, white, and off-white cabinets
- Pull-outs for storage
- Hardwood floors
- Granite and Quartz counters
- Outdoor kitchens
- Wet bars
- Built-in coffee stations
- Pocket doors
- Designated pet spaces
- Charging stations
Transitional, traditional and contemporary kitchens have held the top spots as the most popular kitchen designs. Two new kitchen styles making the rounds this year are industrial and farmhouse. Neutral colors remain dominate (off-white, gray, beige).
In a recent survey, 60% of respondents reported using two or more colors in their kitchen. This trend has actually carried into cabinetry with 42% of designers using mixed color cabinets.
Primarily in the Southeast United States, outdoor kitchens are utilized. In 2015, roughly 45% of NKBA members built an outdoor kitchen. About the same number expects to do this in 2016.
In order to accommodate a busy lifestyle, homeowners are using easy prep, maintenance, and clean-up features. 74% of respondents purchased under-counter wine refrigerators in 2015 and over half installed pull-outs/roll-outs for storage and under-sink garbage disposals.
One of the biggest surprises to hit 2016 was the introduction of special pet spaces in kitchens. These include feeding stations, under-counter crates, and pull-outs specifically for pet food and toys.