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Visiting a builder’s decorated model home is a great way to get an idea of what they can offer you in your new home and also to stay on top of the current trends in home design. In the last decade kitchens have become a focal point in many homes, serving not only as a central gathering place but also as a reflection in the latest in technology, as well as new features and products. Kitchens aren’t just for function, they’ve become a thing of beauty as well. Curious about what’s been big in kitchen’s for 2016?
According to Builder Magazine, open, dynamic kitchens that are integrated with the rest of the house top the list. This has been a growing trend over the last several years and something you’re likely to see reflected in many Charleston area new construction kitchens. You’ll often find a kitchen offering bar seating that opens to an additional informal eating area and sometimes the living area as well. Formal dining rooms have been less popular in recent years but are definitely still an option in many floor plans.
In terms of aesthetic design elements, two-toned cabinets painted in complimentary colors have been on the rise, coupled with mixed hardware finishes. You might see lower cabinet doors painted in navy blue and top cabinet doors in a light grey. Matching cabinetry and hardware are falling by the wayside in kitchens where designers are willing to take risks that move away from the traditional. The result of mixing and matching hardware accents “looks like jewelry for the kitchen” notes design expert Jamie Beckwith of Beckwith Interiors. The overall effect is a more eclectic look than traditional kitchens. Decorative compliments of wood paneling, like shiplap, also top the list of 2016 kitchen trends.
Hidden appliances are rapidly increasing in popularity. Stainless steel is still always a safe (and popular) choice but for a less industrial look, homeowners are hiding appliances, like microwaves and refrigerators, behind finished cabinets so that they blend in seamlessly. Wood paneling is also conducive for achieving the farmhouse kitchen look—a style that is appealing to more and more homebuyers.
As open kitchens, two-toned cabinets, mix-matched hardware & hidden appliances are taking the limelight, several other popular design choices have fallen by the wayside. Speckled granite is diminishing in popularity (the maintenance challenges it presents being one reason why) to be replaced by quartz, marble and butcher block. Short upper cabinets are being replaced with taller cabinetry flush to the ceiling that results in the kitchen looking bigger and brighter. Light and bright paint colors and finishes are dominating over darker trends of past years. The good news is that builders typically have a great variety of options for different countertop materials, cabinet styles/heights and appliances, as well as an abundance of color choices. Don’t see what you’re looking for in the model home you toured? Ask what’s available at their design center, chances are you won’t be disappointed!
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