Top Kitchen Trends of 2016

It looks like short cabinetry, dark brown wood, and speckled granite are out when it comes to what’s trending in kitchen designs, according to Zillow. The real estate site compiled this year’s top kitchen design trends after surveying interior design experts and analyzing their the photos taken by these same interior design experts or Zillow’s most popular photos? If the latter, let’s just do “the” instead of their most popular kitchen photos on the platform. So what’s trending now? Getting creative with décor like two-toned cabinets and mismatched hardware finishes that let your design personality show through. “Homeowners today want an open and thoughtfully designed kitchen that blends seamlessly with the rest of the home’s design aesthetic,” Kerrie Kelly, Zillow Digs home design expert, said in a press release. “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.” See the 4 top trends below.

Two-Toned Cabinets


Photo by Courtesy of Nancy Serafini via Zillow Digs

These are also called “tuxedo” cabinets. You’ll see the top and bottom cabinets painted in complementary hues, instead of being one uniform color. Think light upper cabinets and dark-hued bottom cabinets for a striking contrast.


Mix and Match Hardware


Photo by Courtesy of Kellie Burke Interiors via Zillow Digs

It’s daring, but installing mismatched cabinet pulls and handles is in. A lot of designers compare hardware to jewelry, and just like in fashion, mixing metals is a fun and unique way to personalize a look.


Shiplap Kitchen


Photo by Courtesy of Diament Builders via Zillow Digs

That rustic, farmhouse look isn’t going away anytime soon. And thanks to the popular design duo, Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper, wood paneling or shiplap (pine boards often used to construct barns and sheds) are taking over kitchens.They’re often painted white and used for everything from the backsplash to the ceiling – and likely paired with a farmhouse sink.

Hidden Appliances


Photo by Zillow Digs

Sure, stainless steel may make your kitchen look sleek, but a lot of people are opting for appliances that are “hidden” by a cabinet façade. Everything from dishwashers to refrigerators can be covered to match the kitchen cabinetry.


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