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Top Kitchen Trends for 2016

It’s kitchen time! Looking to bring a new look to your culinary space? We’ve got you covered! As you read today’s post, you will notice that some of the top kitchen trends for 2016 sound a bit like our top design trends of 2016. After all, if mixing metals such as brass and steel is a strategy that’s growing in popularity, it makes sense that this tactic would find its way to the kitchen! The same thing goes for mixing materials like wood, marble and copper. Today’s stylish kitchens incorporate a range of items, materials and finishes. It’s not about being so sleek that everything matches. It’s about adding visual interest! Read on for a collection of kitchen trends that are set to put their stamp on the new year…

Mixed Materials

When we talk of “mixed materials,” we’re referencing the current trend of combining many different elements into a space, including wood, stone and metal. Many of today’s top kitchens are reveling in warm wooden tones. After all, wooden surfaces have a way of bringing those gleaming countertops and cabinets back down to earth! [from Stephen Turvil Architects]

Mixed materials kitchen with stone, metal and wood
Mixed materials kitchen with stone, metal and wood

When we first spotted the kitchen of EyeSwoon founder Athena Calderone a couple of years ago, we were completely smitten! The thought of adding brass details to a space dominated by cool grey tones seemed shockingly refreshing and oh so elegant. Yes, Athena was ahead of her time! And now we’re all catching up as we mix brass with wood, marble, and silver tones. More on brass in the next section… [from Harper’s Bazaar]

Kitchen of Athena Calderone
Kitchen of Athena Calderone

You can even re-create the mixed materials look on a budget! This gorgeous studio apartment kitchen from Black & Milk Residential features laminate with the look and feel of wood, as well as porcelain tile that channels the timeless style of Carrara marble:

Studio apartment kitchen with marble and wood
Studio apartment kitchen with marble and wood

Mixed Metals

Just as mixed materials are becoming fixtures in today’s kitchen, mixed metals are increasingly making a statement in the modern culinary space. Just because you have stainless steel appliances doesn’t mean that the hardware has to be silver-toned as well! Below we see a stunning kitchen from Design Manifest, which includes a quartzite and walnut island, a tile backsplash, and lots of brass hardware You can find all the details and resources in the post:

Modern kitchen filled with unique details
Modern kitchen filled with unique details

Brass is becoming a widely accepted kitchen staple, appearing on everything from lighting to flatware. Why go with brass when there are other silver accents in the room? Because it’s unexpected. Because it adds warmth. And because it’s interesting to mix it up! [from Lorna Saunders Interiors]

Beautifully designed kitchen with brass accents
Beautifully designed kitchen with brass accents

But it’s not all about brass! Copper is making a comeback as well, and the kitchen below proves that when it comes to modern eclectic style, a little bit of copper can elevate your culinary space. [from Harvey Jones Kitchens]

Copper and stainless steel in an airy modern kitchen
Copper and stainless steel in an airy modern kitchen

In their recent design trend forecast for 2016, Houzz showcased an up-and-coming trend that’s fresh and exciting: black stainless steel! Yes, we still love stainless steel appliances, but for a special touch, opt for black stainless steel, which adds a black satiny finish to your space. So decadent and sleek! [appliances and image from KitchenAid]

Black stainless steel kitchen appliances from KitchenAid
Black stainless steel kitchen appliances from KitchenAid

Tile Backsplashes

Backsplashes are nothing new, but since there’s a big interest in juxtaposing textures in the kitchen, more and more culinary spaces are showcasing tile backsplashes! Below we see a classic favorite: subway tile. [from West Elm]

Teal kitchen with a subway tile backsplash
Teal kitchen with a subway tile backsplash

Note the range of elements in the kitchen below, from patterned flooring to interesting decor. Yet the space is crisp and light, thanks to white walls. The white tile backsplash adds the perfect amount of texture while keeping the look refreshing. [photo by Mari Luz Vidal for Lonny]

Tile backsplash in a modern eclectic kichen
Tile backsplash in a modern eclectic kichen

One growing backsplash trend is the use of unexpected patterning, such as the herringbone design below. [from Build Premier]

Herringbone tile backsplash in the kitchen
Herringbone tile backsplash in the kitchen

On a similar note, the modern kitchen of A Beautiful Mess blogger Elsie Larson features subway tile in the straight herringbone pattern. Note the right angles! Check out all of the fabulous kitchen details here and here.

Mixed materials kitchen with a patterned backsplash
Mixed materials kitchen with a patterned backsplash

For a different backsplash statement, try tile in a color other than white. We’re fans of the black tile in the kitchen below, which adds richness and depth in this kitchen featuring wooden tones and a brick wall. [from Kitchen Decorating Ideas]

Black subway tile backsplash in a modern kitchen
Black subway tile backsplash in a modern kitchen

Penny tile is increasingly appearing on kitchen backsplashes, and the crisp look of the tile below is the perfect backdrop to standout features such as a brass faucet. [photo by Arnal Photography for Bedford Brooks Design Inc.]

Kitchen with a penny tile backsplash
Kitchen with a penny tile backsplash

Statement Lighting

We end today’s post by shining the spotlight on statement lighting, such as groups of pendant lights. One popular strategy: hanging a series of identical lights over the kitchen island! [photo by Tim Turner for Urban Kitchens]

Kitchen with marble and hanging pendant lights
Kitchen with marble and hanging pendant lights

This trio of lights from Currey and Co. hangs over the kitchen island in the sleek culinary space below. Additional drama is added by sculptural barstools and a Calcutta Oro marble backsplash. [photo by David Duncan Livingston for Green Couch Interior Design]

Modern mixed materials kitchen
Modern mixed materials kitchen

There’s nothing like Tom Dixon lighting in the kitchen! Instead of a row of pendant lights, try hanging them in a cluster for an unexpected twist. [photo by Kilian O’Sullivan for Stiff and Trevillion]

Tom Dixon lighting in a modern kitchen and dining area
Tom Dixon lighting in a modern kitchen and dining area

Last but not least, we see a row of Flori Brass Pendants in a kitchen that celebrates the art of dark and light contrast. Love the petite look of these pendants! Sometimes a little goes a long way. [from Flik Design]

Modern kitchen with a series of brass pendants
Modern kitchen with a series of brass pendants

Will you be incorporating mixed materials, mixed metals, a tile backsplash or statement lighting into your kitchen this year?…

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What do you think?

  • When designing your space, it is a good idea to keep up with design trends. The good news is that trends such as “mixing metals” can also be timeless! It is important to know what the trends are but to only adopt them if they fit in with your personal style.

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