It’s no surprise that the way we live in and use our homes not only has an impact on the design and layout of them, but it affects the decor trends that come and go over the years, too. 2016 is no exception to this rule, with several trends developing or emerging this year that are expected to make a big impact on interior design and decoration.
I plan to look at some of these trends in more detail over the next few weeks, but for this particular post, I’m looking at the kitchen. With social change and modern design making cooking and entertaining an altogether more relaxed affair, the once small and draughty kitchen at the back of the house has evolved into what it is today: an open plan, multi-functional space at the heart of the home. It’s the focal point of our homes and where we all spend most of our time, so we want it to look and feel right for our needs.
Two major trends have been around for a while now in kitchen design: firstly, the hand-painted kitchen in cool shades of grey, green and off-white has become very popular due to its classic, yet modern look, but there is also evidence of a more industrial vibe in kitchen design, with rustic materials, pared back simplicity and a mélange of textures and finishes being key factors. This is possibly why the latest idea of ‘mismatching’ your kitchen cabinets has become a fast growing trend – it allows us the freedom of a more informal, edgy look, but one that is built upon a base of good quality, solid cabinetry and materials.
Confused or perhaps not convinced? Then take a look at these kitchens that exemplify the trend and prepare to be wowed…
I think the kitchen below really sells the trend of mismatching to those who usually plump for a classic finish – look at how the dark grey cabinet doors make the white ones look so crisp and clean that they almost pop. This adds a certain boldness to the look that really appeals to me. The knobs and handles have been left matching, so that there is still an element of visual cohesion and aesthetic appeal.
Image: The Inspired Room
This one still has the darker bottom cabinets, but the white metro tiles, wooden ceiling beams and open shelving give it a much more industrial, rustic feel. I love the addition of the Turkish rug to soften the hard lines often associated with a kitchen and to add a splash of colour and personality.
Image: Elle Decor via Pinterest
Wooden open shelving at its simplest. If you’re not brave enough for this in the kitchen, try this look in the utility area, instead. Love the lighting pendants!
For a minimalistic take on the mismatched trend, stick to a neutral colour palette with differing finishes; here we see marble countertops with copper fixtures and pale wood floors. The dark grey upper cabinets add a lovely depth to the overall scheme.
Image: Shoot Factory via Pinterest
This family kitchen in Norway showcases how you can successfully mix completely mismatching cabinet doors for an eclectic, almost retro feel. A good option if your budget is tight, as it allows plenty of freedom to play about with existing kitchen cabinets if you cannot afford to replace them all. I like how the brushed gold tap and lower cupboard handles pull the look together.
Image: My Scandinavian Home
If you want a cool, mismatched feel, but aren’t in a position to change up your kitchen cabinets, try mixing up your chair designs and colours and introducing different wood finishes, as seen in these two beautiful kitchens. Love the pastel colour palette in the bottom picture; so fresh, especially with Spring around the corner!
Image: via Bloglovin’
Keeping with the colourful theme, try painting blocks of pastels onto individual cabinet doors and drawer fronts for a playful scheme. This would work well in a cottage kitchen or in a small space where the overall effect wouldn’t be so overpowering. A clever way to brighten up a tired kitchen.
Image: Heart Handmade
For a dramatic take on mismatching, this pop of yellow really jumps out, doesn’t it? Although not to everyone’s taste, I think this kitchen design perfectly demonstrates how to use colour and eclecticism to take the focus away from any ugly white appliances – did you even notice the corner fridge and dishwasher?!
Image: via Bloglovin’
Well, are you convinced the mismatched look could work in your home? I am inheriting a 1990s pine kitchen in our new home, and whilst probably of a very good quality, a lick of paint will really bring it into 2016. I am loving the idea of off-white upper cabinets offset by darker ones below, plus some shiny new handles, of course!