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The key kitchen trend predictions for 2016

Looking around my perfectly serviceable but depressingly drab kitchen makes me want to dip into Pinterest and make plans for a much needed refurb. My kitchen is fine and dandy, but I didn’t choose it and despite it having lots of windows and natural light, it always seems dingy. I’ve been looking at and researching some of the kitchen trend predictions for 2016 and wondering what might work in the busiest room in our house. I found this article particularly helpful.

This year open plan, family kitchens are still the order of the day, with high gloss finishes and striking colours being much sought after. Contemporary country styles are increasingly popular amongst people wanting a stylish kitchen with a more traditional style.

Colourful Kitchen Cupboards

My boring beech laminate cupboards have had their day, this year contrasting cabinets are in, with different colours and finishes helping to give the impression of your kitchen being an exciting and vibrant place.

Open shelving is also bang on trend this year, showing off your beautiful dishes and glassware, as well as cooking books and gadgets is all the rage. Open shelving can give you more kitchen storage options, increase the amount of light in the room and can give you a sense of space, which is perfect for smaller kitchens.

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Colour, Colour, Colour!

Much like colourful kitchen cabinets, one of the key kitchen trend predictions for 2016 is colourful kitchen appliances. We’ve grown bored of white, black or silver coloured appliances, and this year we’ll be seeing brighter, bolder colours available. We’re all familiar with the funky and brightly coloured American-style retro fridges – now you can let your dishwasher join in the fun. 

Affordable Luxury

Granite and Quartz worktops have in recent years been a popular choice for the kitchen due to their durability and stylish look, and this year is no exception. Advances in production and cutting techniques now mean that granite and quartz worktops are more affordable than ever. Classic dark greys and black worktops are on trend right now, and are perfect for creating a luxurious look. The stunning granite and quartz worktops from Mayfair Granite are particularly lovely.

Practical, Beautiful Lighting

If there’s one thing every kitchen needs it’s good lighting. Cooking and preparation requires good light. We have dreadful and fairly useless spotlights in our kitchen, they cast unhelpful shadows and they really annoy me. Good lighting is key to creating the right ambience in the kitchen too. 2016 will see the emergence of pendant lighting and under cabinet lighting will gain popularity once more.

Pedant lights can create a more relaxing and informal environment in the kitchen, while under cabinet lighting gives better light for tasks such as food preparation and chopping. Longer lasting LED lights are also gaining popularity due to their durability and brightness.

kitchen trend predictions for 2016

As you can see, the kitchen trend predictions for 2016 are colourful, sleek, stylish and practical. Your kitchen is the heart of your home and it should reflect you and your style, so don’t feel constrained by tradition or formality, express yourself. What kitchen trends will you be embracing this year?

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Kitchens of the future – dystopian nightmare or dream come true?

I try not to think too much about the future, sometimes futural things frighten me, I suspect it’s because I spend too much time watching dystopian films and imagining the worst. Partly it’s a fear of change and partly it’s because I don’t think me and hoverboards will get on so well.

This week I read an article about kitchens of the future and whilst I was secretly excited about the idea of a robot chef, I have watched some of the current series of Humans and wouldn’t want it making eyes at my husband. That’s a real concern, he is a good looking lad after all.

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Don’t get me wrong, some of the things in the article sound pretty useful; such as general improvements in water and energy consumption. The kitchen is one of the most power hungry rooms in the house. I know our dishwasher and washing machine are on at least once a day, no matter how energy efficient our current models are, they are an expensive luxury.

What do I really need? The thing I hate most is tidying up, so I’d like a giant robot arm to come and put away everything I’ve got out and used while I was cooking and then give the work surfaces a good scrub so they’re clean for next time, maybe load and unload the dishwasher for me too.

One thing I’m terrible at is sorting the fridge out, so I occasionally happen upon something lurking at the back which is older, much older than it ought to be and then I have to bin it without getting any of it’s ‘juice of decomposition’ on the floor. Yes. Ick. A device to deal with that would be pretty good. Something to sort the fridge before Environmental Health get involved.

If I could have anything at all it would be a new fridge freezer. I know that’s nothing radical, but ours has been dying a slow death for a while now. It’s starting to become a bit of a health and safety issue, it’s my birthday soon so I’ll be asking for vouchers or money from relatives so I can replace it before it finally turns nasty and kills one of us!

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