But if you’re the type of homeowner who likes to push the envelope and aspire to the cutting edge of interior design, here are five rules you can (and, perhaps, should) break with your kitchen renovation.
1. Stick to white or wood-finished cabinets
While you’d be hard pressed to find many homes in your neighborhood sporting anything other than white or wood finished cabinetry, you don’t have to do the same thing as everyone else. Bright, vibrantly colored cabinets make your kitchen feel more fun.
If you want to go all out, consider painting the walls with a contrasting color. Or to tone down the effect, think about using white for the cupboards up top with the color splash for drawers and bottom cabinets only.
2. Add accent colors
Traditional kitchen design says that white rooms need an accent color, but the all-white kitchen is trending in 2016. That’s right. All white. Cabinets, countertops, appliances, lighting, sink, walls. All white.
This look goes great with hardwood or synthetic wood floors.
3. Stick to one type of metal
Conventional wisdom says that if you’re going metallic, you’d better make it a theme and stick with just one type. But when done properly there’s no reason you can’t combine stainless steel, copper, brass and even hints of silver and gold into one space.
4. Keep storage out of sight
Some of 2016’s most stunning kitchens don’t involve a single drawer or cabinet. When looking for a way to enhance your kitchen, why not display all your gorgeous dishes, crockery and cookware?
Exposed storage helps make the kitchen feel less like a work zone and more like an homage to cooking and food. Consider hanging racks for pots and pans or coffee mugs to free up more room on the shelves for everything else.
5. Avoid wallpaper in the work area
Wallpaper provides a nearly endless array of charm and character, but hanging it in the kitchen has always been a faux pas. Fortunately, a simple trick makes it possible to use wallpaper in even the messiest part of your kitchen: A sheet of glass.
A cheap mirror hanging kit from your local hardware store makes it easy to turn wallpaper into an easy to clean backsplash. You’ll wonder why you never thought of it before.