2015 draws to a close: and as such it’s time to look forward to the fresh new kitchen design trends that will dominate in 2016. Whether you’re looking to refresh your kitchen or are building a new kitchen from the ground up, these key considerations will help you to remodel your kitchen in the New Year.
When decorating your home, it is of upmost importance to strike a balance between a contemporary or classic theme – that way a kitchen that can remain usable and last for many years to come. With that in mind, we have suggested some kitchen design trends to complement timber worktops that will last well beyond 2016.
Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets
There’s little doubt that wooden kitchen cabinets are the perfect companion for solid wood worktops, and they continue to be by far the most sought-after combination in modern kitchens.
Look for solid oak units rather than veneered alternatives – they not only look much nicer, but are considerably more hard-wearing and easier to tailor to your kitchen’s unique specification.
Unless you are looking to create a farmhouse kitchen feel, don’t drown your kitchen in natural wood grain; oak kitchen units can be painted or finished in any treatment of your choice.
Don’t clutter your kitchen with unnecessary fuss: keep your kitchen neutral and clean, and accentuate the simple lines that can be created with solid wood worktops.
Timbers such as maple, prime oak and black oak are all ideal choices for creating a clean natural kitchen whilst retaining the character of solid wood.
Over the last few years vintage kitchen accessories have been becoming increasingly popular – they complement solid wood worktops perfectly within a retro-inspired kitchen theme.
Whether you’ve chosen simple additions such as vintage industrial lighting or antique storage solutions, these simple touches add great character to your kitchen.
Vintage advertising pieces have become especially sought after and can command high prices, but create a great talking point by hinting towards your other passions or hobbies.
Colourful Kitchen Additions
Neutral and minimalist kitchens often need a splash of colour to avoid becoming too sterile.
If you have chosen a clean and contemporary theme for your kitchen, spruce it up with a bright primary colour such as red, yellow or a light blue.
Brightly coloured appliances and accessories mix particularly well with darker worktops such as iroko, walnut or wenge.
Designing your worktop to make the most of the space available in your kitchen is an essential component of planning, but it’s also very important to think carefully about other aspects of your kitchen – such as storage – in order to make your kitchen truly usable.
Clever cutlery drawers, built-in utensil storage and hidden waste disposal are all popular kitchen accessories that can make your kitchen look more stylish, whilst also being more functional.
If you think you’ve hit upon the next big design trend for kitchens in 2016, please do share it with us on social media. Either tweet a photo of your kitchen at us on Twitter, or post it on our Facebook page – we’d love to hear from you!