Like fashion, interior design trends come and go, but classic never goes out of style. In 2016, the trend for kitchen design is rooted in timeless pieces that will probably never lose their appeal.
Shaker-style cabinetry remains a go-to for a reason. With simple lines and just enough detail for interest, Shaker-style cabinets fit into nearly any design scheme and look great in a variety of wood tones as well as painted white, black, bright or muted tones. And because the base design is so flexible, you will be hard-pressed to find cabinet hardware that won’t fit. You’re much more likely to feel overwhelmed by the number of choices in front of you instead of lamenting the lack of them.
White remains a top choice for kitchens because it provides a clean, crisp background for everything else. White cabinets, trim, walls and even tile backsplash gives you the freedom to add vibrant pops of color through unexpected metal finishes on your faucet, pendant lights and range hood; accessories like dish towels and window valances; and counter-top appliances like your toaster oven and coffee maker. Heck, even major appliances like stoves and refrigerators are available in retro colors like mint green and more modern hues like cobalt blue.
Architectural details echo the simple and classical style of Shaker cabinets. Often referred to as transitional style because it combines the best of traditional and contemporary design elements, pieces that fit this description have square edges rounded off for a softer profile. Round pieces like this Pilar Waterfall faucet from Delta are unadorned and streamlined, so they look great with both a traditional farmhouse sink or a sleek stainless steel undermount.
Manufactured quartz counter tops come out ahead of granite primarily because they’re maintenance free. While granite is prized for its natural variations and classic good looks, it does need some periodic attention like resealing while manufactured quartz never needs to be resealed, won’t crack or stain, and resists scratches. It can run a little more expensive than granite, but the worry-free use is typically worth the money.
Docking stations disguised as drawers are a feature gaining popularity. Your family most likely has a plethora of electronic devices, and having a variety of chargers plugged in willy-nilly all over the house can be less than attractive. A docking station doesn’t have to fancy, either; if you have a drawer that’s at least four inches deep and near an electrical outlet, affix a power strip to the back panel. Cut a notch in the panel so the cord can be fed behind the drawer and through the cabinet to the outlet. Now you have a hide-away where you can charge cell phones, tablets, and even a laptop.