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5 Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2016

August 7, 2015

2016 Kitchen Trends

A kitchen remodel makes the biggest impact on a home’s value. If you can only remodel one room, the heart of the home should be it. However, just like any trend, kitchen trends can come and go. What’s in store for 2016? And if a remodel or upgrade is in your future, how can you stay ahead of the curve?

Bowl sinks had a good, long run, but slowly, apron sinks are becoming the choice du jour for kitchens. Granite countertops are stunning, but now people are realizing quartz is just as gorgeous while also being maintenance-free. However, it’s the wood products in the kitchen that are really stealing the show.

If you never plan to sell, feel free to remodel your kitchen as you see fit. It can include shag carpeting and ditching the island if you never use it. However, most homeowners want to beautify their kitchen while ensuring a bolstered home value. Here are some of the hottest trends coming up, and why you should consider adding them to your kitchen:

1. Natural, No-Frill, Wooden Cabinets Reaching to the Ceiling

Natural products always trump manufactured alternatives. The best upgrade you can make is with solid wood custom cabinets soaring all the way to the ceiling. Choose a sustainable material, such as bamboo (technically not a wood, but within the family) with clean lines for staying power. You can re-sand and stain or paint them to your heart’s content.

2. Built-ins

Built-ins dramatically improve the beauty and value of your home. In the kitchen, you can add a built-in dry or wet bar, secretary desk, butler’s pantry and more. Add a built-in bench in the breakfast nook, or opt for a built-in bookcase to hold your cookbook collection.

3. Kitchen Fireplaces

Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a romantic dinner fireside? Eat-in kitchens are functional, space-saving and becoming more in demand than formal dining rooms. Complete this part of the kitchen with a fireplace, perhaps dual-sided if there’s a bedroom or family room on the other side. A customized mantle completes this feature.

4. An Accompanying Wine Room

No cellar? No problem. If there’s space for an add-on pantry, wine room or liquor room, this is a great addition for those who love to entertain. Choose a window-free area and have a personalized shelving system installed to perfectly suit your specific bottles and accoutrements.

5. Custom Dining Table

Nothing’s a bigger scene stealer than a solid wood, custom dining table crafted to perfectly fit into your nook or dining room. It’s an instant heirloom, a gathering place for loved ones and is surprisingly more affordable than many homeowners imagine.

In 2016, kitchen trends are pointing toward being all about natural beauty and bringing everyone together. Wood and natural stone products are a great way to achieve this. Connect with Swirl Woodcraft today to start discussing kitchen remodeling trends you’d like to incorporate.