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Transitional, traditional, and contemporary styles remain the most popular in kitchen design but two new kitchen styles are popping up: industrial and farmhouse, according to the 2016 Design Trends Survey from the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

Neutral colors continue to be the dominant color scheme, with whites/off-whites, grays and beiges/bones being the most popular by far. Sixty percent of survey respondents report utilizing two or more colors within a kitchen space, a trend that has been growing since 2015. The two-tone trend is also growing more popular within kitchen cabinetry. Forty-two percent of designers report using a mix of color cabinets in their recent remodels. Respondents also reported in mixing up the kitchen color palette by using a different countertop material for the island versus the perimeter of the counter space.

NKBA reports the following top 10 kitchen design trends for this year:

1  Transitional style, with contemporary emerging.

2  Gray/white/off-white cabinets.

3  Pull-outs, tilt-outs and tilt-ins for storage.

4  Wood flooring.

5  Quartz and granite countertops.

6  Outdoor kitchens (mostly in the southeastern part of the U.S.)

7  Built-in coffee stations and wet bars.

8  Pocket doors.

9. Special pet spaces (e.g. designated feeding stations, under-counter crate areas and special pull-outs to store pet food and toys)

1o Docking and charging stations.


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