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Tuxedo Cabinets, Hidden Appliances and Wood Paneling Among Top Kitchen Trends for 2016

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

canstockphoto22337149dark-wood-kitchen(September 16, 2016) – Tuxedo or two-toned painted cabinets, hidden appliances and wood paneling, like shiplap, are the biggest kitchen trends for 2016, according to the latest Zillow Digs® Home Trend Forecast, a one-of-a-kind report combining data from a survey of interior design experts and an analysis of popular photos on Zillow Digs.

“Homeowners today want an open and thoughtfully designed kitchen that blends seamlessly with the rest of the home’s design aesthetic,” says Kerrie Kelly, Zillow Digs home design expert. “From hidden appliances to beautifully painted cabinets in complementing colors, homeowners want their kitchen to be stylish enough for entertaining, yet welcoming and functional for everyday use.”

Top Kitchen Trends for 2016:

  1. Tuxedo Kitchen Cabinets
    Long gone are the days of perfectly matching cabinetry. Homeowners are starting to take bigger design risks in the kitchen. Expect to see a rise in tuxedo, or two-toned painted cabinets where the top and bottom doors are painted in complimentary colors such as navy blue and soft gray or beige.
  2. Hidden Appliances
    While stainless steel appliances are still a popular choice, they can feel cold and industrial at times. Over the next year, experts predict a rise in hidden appliance solutions, such as microwave drawers or covered refrigerators, for a kitchen aesthetic that’s more approachable and comfortable.
  3. Wood Paneling
    It’s no secret that homeowners love farmhouse kitchens. Experts predict wood paneling or shiplap, often painted in white, to start popping up in anything from backsplashes to ceilings, bringing a comfortable yet chic design aesthetic to the kitchen.
  4. Mixed Hardware Finishes
    Homeowners are becoming comfortable using hardware finishes other than stainless steel, and are even mixing and matching metals for a more eclectic look. From gold to rose gold or black, beautiful hardware accents “look like jewelry for the kitchen,” says design expert, Jamie Beckwith of Beckwith Interiors.

Fads to Forget:

  1. Speckled Granite
    Homeowners are no longer limited to granite, which can stain and can be hard to maintain. Brown and tan speckled granite, specifically, is phasing out as more countertop materials and styles become available. Quartz, marble and even butcher block are rising in popularity.
  2. Short Cabinets
    Tall cabinetry gives the illusion that a kitchen is bigger and brighter, so experts predict homeowners to replace shorter top row cabinets with ones that are flush with the ceiling.
  3. Dark Brown Wood and Paint Colors
    Light and bright kitchens will only continue to pick up steam over the next year, meaning dark or cherry wood cabinets will continue to fade out of style.

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