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What's New in Kitchen Design and Color?
Designer Christopher Grubb Shares the Hot New Kitchen Trends
Christopher Grubb shares his take on the newest kitchen trends at the 2016 KBIS (Kitchen and Bath Industry Show.) Christopher shares his insights into what's new and what's coming soon in kitchen design and color trends.
Christopher Grubb: "The 2016 KBIS was one of their biggest shows in years. I was asked by Kitchen and Bath Business magazine to note trends I saw there, (I sometimes prefer to use the word... "movement" rather than trends,) that we will be seeing in magazines and our own kitchens in 2016. Speaking with my colleagues from all over the country, collectively we’ve had years of designing white kitchens. White kitchens are clean, crisp, classic and still popular – but people are starting to feel they have the same as everyone else and want something different. Gray tones, which feel like they can be the “new white” with their warmth, and the combination of black and gold were the overwhelming stand outs for almost every product available for a kitchen at the show. The black and gold combination is not quite a complete return to the 1980s. The new take on black and gold has bit of shine to the black finish (not lacquer) and understated stain finishes to the gold."
Top interior designer, Christopher Grubb, shares the scoop on the top kitchen trends for 2016. You might recognize this dynamic Los Angeles designer from his appearances on HGTV, E!, and the Style Network.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Stainless Steel Appliances - The New Black?
Stainless Steel Appliances: Fading to Black?
Kitchen appliance color trends change at a slow pace, and stainless steel has been the go-to finish for years, but stainless steel is getting an update in 2016.
This is what Christopher Grubb has to say about this exciting new stainless steel trend: "For those who still love a look of stainless but aren’t ready for all black, KitchenAid now offers Black Stainless. It actually has a warmer gray tone than all-black, so that might be a perfect fit for... your kitchen. LG has also created a Black Stainless collection"
KitchenAid: Black Stainless Steel Appliance SuiteContinue to 3 of 11 below.
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Oh La La Luxe: Appliance Elegance from La Cornue
Appliance Bling Coming to a Kitchen Near You
Stoves are becoming a hot focal point in kitchen trends. Gorgeous stoves in elegant finishes and metals can elevate the style of your kitchen instantly. These stunning on-trend stoves are more than showpieces, they are kitchen superstars that perform for even the most serious of cooks.
Christopher Grubb: "French company La Cornue brought together graphite and gold as bling! I’ve had clients who are chefs that insist on this company. Though it's... priced at around $17,000, it could be an example of a trend that starts in Europe and could soon become popular in the United States."
La Cornue: Cornufé StoveContinue to 4 of 11 below.
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What's New in Countertops for Indoor and Outdoor Kitchens
Kitchen Countertop Trends - Indoors and Out
Wouldn't it be wonderful to have countertops surfaces that flowed from your indoor kitchen to your outdoor kitchen? Look for countertop surface trends that work indoors and out for a cohesive style statement in your home.
Christopher Grubb: "While at least 50% of our projects are natural stone countertops, the rest has been filled in by quartz and solid surface materials. Don't overlook exterior kitchens when looking at countertop trends. ... Dekton showed new looks of their product that works for interior countertops, but it is also one of the only quartz surfaces I’ve used that works on an exterior kitchen in any climate."
Dekton: Quartz Surface CountertopsContinue to 5 of 11 below.
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The Latest in Kitchen Technology
Kitchen Technology Trends
Our daily lives are integrated with technology, so it makes sense that our kitchens should be too. Kitchen technology trends can make your life easier and simplify your daily routines. These 2016 kitchen trends don't sacrifice style for convenience with these gorgeous new kitchen suites.
Christopher Grubb: "Forgot to turn on the dishwasher? Many of the appliances from Signature Kitchen Suite, a division of LG, have Wi-Fi control capabilities to fix that.... Signature Kitchen Suite had a very large space at the KBIS show with many fashion stylist’s and chefs appearing."Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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Ingenious Cabinet Ideas for Maximizing Kitchen Space
Cabinetry Hinges – A Big Idea for Small Space Living
Downsizing and small space living isn't just a trend, it's a way of life for many of us. Designers are always looking for ways to maximize space and make it more user-friendly. Something as simple as a cabinetry hinge can transform a small kitchen space.
This is what Christopher Grubb thought of this ingenious hinged appliance doors: "It’s always fun to see all of the organizational tools one can put into a drawer or cabinet, but the... hinges never get any attention. MasterBrand Cabinets sure impressed with hardware that lets the door pop out and slide over. You sustain full-size doors in a narrow area with this hardware. This is great for small space living."Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Brass and Gold is Back (With a Trendy New Twist)
Brass and Gold – It’s back?
Not every kitchen color palette is suited to chrome or oil rubbed bronze fixtures. The on-trend soft gold finishes open up an entirely new option for kitchens and baths in 2016.
Christopher Grubb: "I’ve said since early last year I think gold is going to becoming more popular. Emtek tested a brushed gold on a door handle last year and it was so popular they added it into their line of cabinetry pulls and knobs. Brass had a presence but satin is dominant look."
Emt...ek: Brushed Gold Hardware CollectionContinue to 8 of 11 below.
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Loft Style Decorating is Hot for 2016
The Loft Look is Trending
New sophisticated finishes give loft style a new look in 2016. The latest trends gives you a warmer alternative to the cool industrial style that's been popular for years.
Christopher Grubb: "Tones of black seemed to be everywhere at the 2016 KBIS, in handles, plumbing fixtures, towel bars, and cabinetry. For a “loft look,” Kraus has a collection of industrial hose and stainless faucets."
Brizzo: Black Finish FaucetContinue to 9 of 11 below.
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Kitchen Flooring Trends for a Busy Home
New Tile Textures for a Versatile Wood Look in the Kitchen
2016 Kitchen trends include tile flooring with large tiles, geometric patterns, and wood-look porcelain. Flooring should be beautiful, but it also should be care-free. The new tile trends offer the best of both worlds.
Christopher Grubb: "Porcelain tile has come a long way, especially with planks that emulate wood. They have a look of wood but with incredible durability for a busy household of pets, children, or direct indoor/outdoor... access."
Daltile: Tile That Looks Like WoodContinue to 10 of 11 below.
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Kitchen Panels Get Appliances Out of Sight
Appliance Panels Create Clean Lines in the Kitchen
Using panels that match your cabinetry is a great way to streamline a visually busy kitchen. Open concept and small kitchens can benefit from the smooth lines of this trending style.
Christopher Grubb: "We’re finding people are developing stainless steel “fatigue”. In 90% of our projects now, we are covering the appliances with panels to match the cabinetry. Panels make the kitchen also seem larger and keeps the clean lines of the design."
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Gray Kitchens are Still Going Strong
The Gray Kitchen Trend Continues
After a long reign of white kitchens, gray is emerging as a favorite alternative. The allure of gray in the kitchen is that you can transition from a white kitchen seamlessly. Countertops, appliances, and hardware, that worked well with your white kitchen can transition with any new gray elements you add. A gleaming black countertop will look equally stunning with gray cabinetry or flooring. If you're not ready to make a total transition to a gray kitchen, you... can change elements one by one if your space is already neutral in white or black.
Christopher Grubb saw the gray kitchen trend all over the 2016 KBIS: "Gray continues to be a strong color with the warmer tone dominating in appliances, flooring, and cabinetry."
Image: Master Brand Decora