Your 2016 Style Guide for Kitchens

Your 2016 Style Guide for Kitchens

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The kitchen is the place around which family life revolves. It can be the place where you prepare and eat food and is often the place where people gather at a party.

Simply put, the kitchen is the heart of the home and as a result it needs to be a versatile, practical and functional space. In the past, this may have meant that it was short on style but not anymore – interior design has well and truly landed in the kitchen!

Truly Handle-less

BY taking a look at some ultra-modern and on-trend kitchens one thing becomes immediately obvious - the lack of handles.

German design has long favoured a truly handle-less kitchen simply because it looks far more streamlined and less cluttered, and with no pressure other than the light touch of a finger the cabinet door or drawer will glide open with a smooth, delightful motion.

Subtle Handles

If you like handles on your kitchen doors but want to be on-trend then you have limited choice in terms of subtlety – you either go handle-less or opt for large chunky handles that stick out. Manufacturers are now realising this lack of a grey area and as a result handles are now far subtler and less obvious in the overall final look of a kitchen.

Either way, the big style design for kitchens in 2016 is whether to go truly handle-less or opt for a subtle, barely-there handle.

The ‘In’ColourIs… GREY!

Muted tones are very much on-trend in 2016 and it seems that grey has firmly established itself as the must have colour in the kitchen – light grey, mid-grey or dramatic dark grey, any shade works.

Stone and Metal

While grey is the ‘in’ colour, in terms of materials we expect to see more natural stones and metal-effect kitchens in the coming year.

For a long time, anything out of the ordinary in terms of materials and designs for the kitchen meant that a homeowner would need to look to European suppliers for options and pay out thousands. As a result, natural stone and metal effect kitchens have become increasingly popular as a more cost-effective alternative without compromising on style or quality.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Not everyone has the budget nor the time to completely refit their kitchen with new fixtures and fittings –but in some cases this isn’t needed.

If your kitchen is in good shape but just needs a fresh coat of paint, you might want to take a look at giving your kitchen cupboards a lick of paint. One up-to-the minute idea is to either paint your cupboards doors with smooth, matte paint – darker, dramatic colours are trendy – or, you can opt to buy new cupboard doors instead if they’ve had their day.Either way, the trend that seems to be nudging back in to view this year is the shaker style.

Using any one of these trends within your kitchen will give your home design a great start to the New Year!

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