If you’re looking to breathe new life into your kitchen, you will find plenty of trendy new materials and designs to choose from this year. Let’s take a look at five of most popular kitchen upgrades of 2016.
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Get your kitchen glowing with under-cabinet light fixtures. LED strips are a good choice because they’re energy efficient, won’t burn or damage your cabinetry and they come in a variety of colors. Round touch lights are also a popular option that give you maximum placement flexibility for a fully custom look.
Farmhouse Inspired Style Elements:
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Need a large, deep sink for cleaning sizable pots and pans? A trendy apron-front sink may be the perfect fit for you. These sturdy sinks make cleanup easy and add a delightful country charm to the kitchen. Years ago, the sink’s weight and size made it quite costly, but new designs are more affordable and are much easier to install. Choose from a large assortment of colors and materials – including stone, copper, ceramic and stainless steel – to really personalize your space.
Metal Range Hoods:
A desire for more texture has brought metallic finishes to kitchens in recent years. Copper, brass and bronze have appeared on faucets, lighting fixtures and now, range hoods. You can find metal range hoods in numerous styles. Many materials and finishes are available to coordinate with practically any color. Some of the more popular materials for hoods include natural bronze, vintage zinc, light antique copper and forged steel.
Muted Color Schemes:
Looking for a way to introduce some color into your kitchen? You’ll find kitchen furnishings, appliances, wall paint and cupboards in a whole spectrum of colors. Kitchens are popping up in pastel blues, grayish-greens, pale yellows and all combinations of the above. White is still a favorite, but it’s often now used in combination with charcoal gray or black. Light, natural tone backsplashes are also very popular.
Mixed Countertop Materials:
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You no longer have to settle for quartz, granite or laminate, because wood is quickly becoming the countertop material of choice – particularly in kitchens with natural tones. Butcher block style islands and maple or oak wood slab counters are particularly popular in today’s kitchen designs. Can’t decide which material you like better? Mix and match styles as shown in the photo above to take advantage of the best of both worlds.
Hopefully these ideas have inspired you to get started on your perfect kitchen update!
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