As it’s not a room that can be easily changed if you choose to sell, it’s important to keep the current trends in mind when decorating your kitchen.

Here’s a look at the top kitchen trends for 2016.

Open Plan Design

Key kitchen trends 2016 -Open Plan

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A trend that shows no sign of going out of fashion is open-plan design. Having your kitchen, dining room, and living room all rolled in to one reflects the way many of us use our homes, often working, socialising, studying, and relaxing in the same space.

If your house has a layout conductive to it, open plan design gives a spacious and modern feel to your home, as well as bringing in plenty of sunlight.

A multipurpose kitchen island is a great addition to an open plan kitchen, as it provides a perfect space for casual dining and comfortable working, as well as serving as a perfect place to seat guests for drinks.

Multi-function design

Key kitchen trends 2016 - Multi - Function Design

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As homeware design becomes more and more sophisticated, it’s now possible to fit your kitchen furnishings with clever internal organisation which makes best use of your space.

A well designed set of cabinets customised to your needs is key to having an uncluttered kitchen space — which will make cooking a much less stressful experience.

No matter the size of your kitchen, you can maximise your storage space with some cleverly designed pieces of storage, such as toe-kick drawers under your lower cabinets, pull-out corner shelfing, and storage on the inside of your cabinet doors.


Key kitchen trends 2016 - Minimalism

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Minimalist design remains a hot trend this year, and you can bring this sophisticated and contemporary look to the kitchen with clean lines, handleless drawers, and clutter-free surfaces.

Neutral colours enhance the clean and minimalist effect, especially gloss white, or you can make a statement with a bolder colour choice. Take a look at Minimalist Space for ideas on how to hit this 2016 trend.

Oil-rubbed bronze

kitchen trends 2016 - Oil - Rubbed Bronze

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Oil-rubbed bronze is set to be a big trend in 2016, and can be used as a beautiful finishing touch to add warmth to an otherwise minimalist kitchen. Bronze faucets, handles, and light fittings can bring the whole room together, and they can look just as stunning alongside wood, stone, or white furnishings.

Take a look at Overstock’s collection of bronze hardware and these faucets from Amazon for inspiration.


Key kitchen trends 2016 - Splashback

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A sophisticated and simple way to bring some excitement to an otherwise minimalist kitchen is with a colourful splashback. The emergence of several cost-effective alternatives to the traditional marble splashback is set to be a big trend in 2016.

Make a bold statement with a mosaic or geometric design in vivid colours, or continue the minimalist theme with a neutral tone.

Keep these trends in mind if you’re decorating your kitchen in 2016 and it will be set to look contemporary for years to come, which will give you a big advantage if you choose to sell your house.

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