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2016 Kitchen Design Trends

White with a twist

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White kitchens are as hot as ever but with some new twists.  Adding contrasting cabinets for just the upper or lower cabinets is a popular way to bring in another color and add interest.  Other colors being used are soft grays, charcoal, pale blue, gray green and putty.  We are also seeing whitewashed woods and walnut used in beams, accent cabinetry, floors or countertops to make the space warm and inviting. 

Simple and Unique

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Today’s style is simple with some interesting details added, so that it isn’t boring.  Simple shaker inset cabinets with exposed hinges for those living in traditional homes are popular in our area, but more contemporary slab doors in textured and glossy finishes are gaining in popularity.  Sleek contemporary faucets and hardware are often used to make traditional cabinets look more transitional and fresh.  Creative details  being added are not fussy or busy, what we are seeing are things like:  leaded glass doors, coffered ceiling,  custom metal range hood, unique cement tile floor or backsplash, reclaimed beams, walnut or whitewashed wood island top, exposed brick, and large outdoor lanterns over the island.  The key is to mix in elements that are rustic, industrial, contemporary and traditional to make your space interesting and reflect your unique personality. 


One way to make a space look more interesting, when there is very little color contrast, is to mix up the texture throughout.  Such as glossy contemporary cabinets with rustic tumbled stone floors and honed quartz tops and backsplash.  Also texture can be created using patterns of tile on the floor or walls. 

Brass is Back 

Today’s brass is brushed or antiqued which is much more interesting than the shiny brass of the 80’s.  Along with brass other metals like copper, bronze, and polished nickel are also now used as exciting accents in custom hoods, cabinet hardware, and light fixtures.

If you want to remodel smart and make your space beautiful, fresh and unique call TrueLeaf Kitchens located at 134 S. Finley Ave. in Basking Ridge at (908)766-2006 for an appointment or visit their website to see a gallery of local projects.  

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