Top Kitchen Trends for 2016

The trend for kitchens in 2016 are for kitchens that work hard as well as delivering beauty and comfort. Fussy is long gone and in its place is clean, pared-down and clutter-free. I say, it's about time! The focus is on function, easy entertaining and comfortable gathering spaces. Here are some top trends that Traditional Home sees shaping today's kitchens.

1. Clean Lines and Clutter Free: Streamlined door styles like Shaker and flat-faced euro. Mixing and combining different cabinet styles and colors. Painted and stained-wood and rustic woods that highlight the natural grain and imperfections.

2. Flexibility of today's refrigeration: Refrigerators are available as drawers, narrow columns, French door and multi-door options. They can be tucked away, hidden behind panels or installed in separate applications. With more of us entertaining at home, wine refrigerators and icemakers have continued to be popular additions to the traditional kitchen.

3. Elegant and multi-type lighting: Glamour is heading into the kitchen with lighting acting as the jewelry of the design. Large-scale chandeliers, lanterns and industrial/vintage-inspired fixtures are a go-to for lighting kitchens, dining areas and islands.

4. Low to No-Care Maintenance for Counter Surfaces: For those that do not want the "patina" of natural stone, the man-made products have improved so much that they mimic natural stone so well, one can get the best of both worlds, beauty and easy maintenance. Some of my favorites are Caesarstone Calacatta Nuvo, Frosty Carrina and London Grey.