So, one might ask oneself, just what are the kitchen remodeling trends for 2016?
At least one expert, Texas home professional Sam Ferris, predicts in a feature published on Houzz the trends will include high tech work stations, muted colors and a return to “1980s glam.” Wait…what?
Yep: 80s glam.
“The ’80s are back,” Ferris quotes interior designer Jane Lockhart as predicting. “Mirrored backsplashes, brass accessories and high-gloss surfaces aren’t dead by a long shot, but they’re more elegant and refined this time around.”
And you thought the only good things from the 80s were Prince, Madonna and Michael Jackson. Nice kitchens, too.
This is the 21st Century, of course, and Ferris said kitchen remodeling will definitely start to include all those Internet of Things gadgets including smart appliances like refrigerators and coffee makers as well as docking stations and built-in spaces for mobile smartphones and tablets. Think: cooking with an online community.
Though white will continue to dominate as a preferred kitchen color, Ferris says, also look for less saturated, more muted colors and plenty of wood tones, including real wood.
“Bold primary colors, on the other hand, will be placed on the back burner,” he predicts.
Metal range hoods will be popular along with integrated kitchen and living spaces, lighted cabinet spaces and simplicity in designs will dominate while also including texture-on-texture contrasts.
And why look back only to the 1980s when the 1960s offered the resurgent Mid-Century Modern styles?
“You can get in on this minimalist movement by choosing predominantly white color palettes, designing with light wood textures and clearing away unnecessary clutter,” Ferris suggested.
You can read his entire piece here on Houzz: (And find us on Houzz, too.)