Kitchen Color Trends for 2016
Interior design trends are always changing- and when it comes to the kitchen, the heart of the home, it’s a wise idea to keep track of the current styles, especially if you’re planning on selling your home. Here are some of the top kitchen color trends emerging for 2016:
Painted cabinets going strong
Cabinets with a rich, painted finish will continue to be popular and in-trend for 2016. Antique or rustic finishes are on the decline- homeowners are looking for clean and smooth finishes.
Cool, calming colors in the kitchen have become the go-to. Some primary examples are grey, white, and blue. Some benefits of cool toned kitchens are that they look cleaner, and give off a soothing, tranquil feeling. Compliment the shades by utilizing cooler-temperature lightbulbs- many older bulbs give off a warm hue which will likely clash with cooler paint colors.
Warm Toned Metals
There has been a revival of warm toned metal accents in the kitchen. While the last few decades seemed to be all about stainless steel and chrome, lately gold, brass, and copper have been making a strong comeback for cabinet hardware, other accent areas, and decor or appliances- such as a row of copper pans hanging above the stove. When it comes to color pairings for the rest of the kitchen, there are multiple possibilities. Black and white give off a luxe feel when paired with gold or brass, cream works well with all three, and you can also go for subtle contrast by pairing cool pastels with warm metal accents.
Soft Natural Shades
Muted green tones have become increasingly popular, such as sage and eucalyptus, as well as other tones found in nature. Rose pinks and dusty lavenders also pair well. These dusty natural tones are anticipated to be one of the top trends for 2016.
White, Gray, & Neutrals
White or neutral kitchens are long-standing go-to’s when it comes to kitchen color, especially if you are planning on selling. They look bright and clean and are easy to decorate with, and it’s easy for prospective buyers to envision changes they may wish to make. Recently, gray toned kitchens have been added to this list of go-to kitchen colors.
Two-Tone / Color Blocked Kitchens
Two-toned or color blocking in the kitchen has also become a very on-point look, and there’s multiple ways to pull the trend off. One popular way is to paint upper and lower cabinets different colors, such as white uppers and blue lowers. Another way is to create accent areas in the kitchen, such as using a different color for the cabinets cabinets above the stove or sink, or by adding a pop of color through a bold backsplash.
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