Kitchen Trends to Steer Clear Of in 2016

Now is always a perfect time to remodel different spaces in your home, from the bedroom to the office. New interior design trends are becoming rapidly and wildly popular, but there are quite a few that you need to steer clear of. This is the Nest&Home guide to kitchen trends to avoid in 2016

Digital Rendering of Kitchen Design

Rendering courtesy Steve Larkin of Apex Marino Kitchen.

1. Ignoring Functionality

It’s easy to get hung up on the look of the tile or the finish of the wood, and forget to check if the kitchen is hindering itself. Make sure your cabinets can be open at the same time as the dishwasher, or that your island isn’t taking up too much room.

2. Living in the Past

You might be very attached to an appliance or piece of furniture that’s a decade old. The thing is- it’s old. Families cook and eat differently than they did a decade ago, and it’s time to update your kitchen so you can live in the present.

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3. The Kitchen “Desk”

Interior designers have been increasingly utilizing countertop space as a work area, but recently it’s fallen out of style. Replace the old kitchen “desk” with counter space that will actually be used in the kitchen, complete with additional storage space underneath.

4. Tiled Countertops

Counters made from tiles have become popular in recent years due to their affordability and rustic feel. Homeowners have also realized how much cleaning is involved with tiled countertops, and have concluded that the price is not worth all the effort that goes into them. Get rid of tiles and install a slab instead.

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5. Neglecting Storage Space

Making the kitchen a visually appealing place to be in is always a possibility, however your investment should remain in making your dishes and utensils easily accessible. You may have an eye for design in the limited space you have, just remember that storage should always be a priority in a newly remodeled kitchen.

6. Islands that Demand Excessive Space

Islands will always be an obstruction, being in the way of the fridge, stove, sink, and any workstations you might use when cooking. To avoid this, adding the sink to the island is one way of giving the piece additional functionality. Regardless, ensure that any island has a large amount of space around it to avoid crowding in the kitchen.

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7. On-the-counter Microwaves

The modern kitchen has a designated space for the microwave and it’s not on top of the counter, or even in a niche with the upper cabinets. Current microwaves fit under the counter with the rest of the cabinets, freeing up space in the rest of the kitchen. This arrangement is perfect for families as the appliance is at an accessible height for children.

8. Colorful Appliances

Manufacturers will always market candy red or white as the biggest design since stainless steel or black. However, stainless steel and black can both be incorporated into modern and traditional styles of the kitchen, making their versatility ideal for any space.

If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen space, Nest&Home has everything and more for you to get to work. Ranging from kitchen islands to appliances, everything is available to make your kitchen a functional and stylish place in your home.

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