11 Mar Is It Time to Ban Subway Tile? You Are Going to Love These 2016 Kitchen Trends
You know the old cliche “the kitchen is the heart of the home”? As corny as it is, the phrase rings true for most of us, whether we like to slave away in gourmet heaven at the stove, or believe dinner is best out of a takeout box.
Real life happens here, probably more so than any other room in the house—and that’s as it should be. Kitchen design hasn’t always reflected this, but we’re starting to see a shift.
2016 kitchen trends are getting real. This year it’s all about making this space more livable, more funky, and more true to the things you love. No more museums to expensive appliances and overpriced countertops. These kitchens are for real people and they are downright gorgeous. What more could you ask for?
Check out the 2016 kitchen trends I’m looking forward to
After a decade of seeing masculine influences dominate in the kitchen, I’m ready for a change. Say goodbye to the slick, modern utilitarian approach, and get ready for the softer side of modern. Now, we’re not going full on femme—we’re talking about subtle feminine additions. Curvy lines, warmer metallics, and more feminine colors are all back on the scene.
The result is a more approachable space with room for a bit of glam.
You’ll also notice a shift in the use of metallics. Colder metallics (like silver and chrome) are disappearing and making way for warmer metallics (gold and brass). You’ll see this trend in everything from kitchen accessories to lighting, like this pendant light from Serena & Lily. The brass detail combined with the white glass shade is just feminine enough to warm up any kitchen island or table.
The next generation of industrial decor gets a refined makeover in 2016. If you’re looking to make a few small, but highly impactful changes, then this is a great trend to get on board with.
We see industrial finishes combined with softer elements (warm woods, organic textures, etc.), exposed plumbing, and mixed metals. Feeling brave? Metallic cabinets will steal the show in any kitchen, and are a welcomed departure from the drab white options that are so often the default cabinet color choice.
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Minimalism vs. Maximalism
Step away from the subway tile—it’s over. While you’re at it, stop taking your kitchen so seriously. This is a great room to let your personality shine and take some chances. I love the idea of incorporating boho touches like Moroccan tiles and open shelving.
Instead of going the traditional route of subway tile or paint, try using mosaic tiles or wallpaper. Combine your favorite funky looks and make the backsplash the focal point of your kitchen.
Take a lesson from your living room and experiment with pattern and color throughout the space. There are a lot of durable options that are both stylish and stain resistant.
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