Tapping into this Year’s Trends A sextet of ideas to make the kitchen and bath come to bolder life.

By Michelle Junot



Trend to Love: Pale Neutral Meets Hexagon
Trend to Love: Pale Neutral Meets Hexagon

The painter Joan Miró said, “I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.” We like to apply that same philosophy to decorating a home. Why can’t we think of our entire space as an ever-changing work of art we live inside—right down to the kitchen and bathroom?

After all, these days, bathroom sinks are no longer sentenced to a life in chrome or bronze. Instead, homeowners are opting for mixed metals or new black, almost mirrored finishes—like the Black Black finish from Kohler and the beautiful Black Nickel from Kallista.

And you don’t have to be an artist to experiment! Bold room palette changes are really easy to embrace. These six big-picture design trends for 2016 work well in bathrooms and kitchens alike.

So, roll up your sleeves, pick up your imaginary paintbrush and follow your favorite shades and compositions.

The Pale Neutral trend features blush hues, silver-grays and muted browns that work whether layered or paired with bright white. Use an ultra-light palette and marble countertops for a glamorous look or modernize a classic kitchen with a high-arching gooseneck faucet in a single-bowl farmhouse sink.

A White on White trend is a true classic. Devoid of clutter, it creates a spa-like atmosphere in the bathroom and a blank canvas for colorful recipes in the kitchen. A warmer shade on the floor will keep the space from feeling cold.

If you haven’t seen the Smokey Sultry trend yet, you will soon. Used to create a luxurious space, this palette features glass in golden and topaz hues, hardware and fixtures in brass and copper, and accessories in rich, espresso browns.

An Ebony color palette is a polished choice in the bathroom or kitchen of any home. Combine wood, glass and stone to create an expensive-looking entertaining space in the kitchen—or choose a deep, glossy tile to upgrade your bathroom. Plants and copper accessories can prevent either space from becoming too dark.

For a Playful Pattern look, use statement-making wallpaper, vibrant floor tiles and bold backsplashes to balance a kitchen’s functional fixtures. In the bathroom, try a geometric pattern or go green with a fun floral print.

The Color-Blocked trend uses bright color to saturate a room in a single hue or combines vibrant shades with bold whites. Rich blues work well in the kitchen, either softened by metallic accessories or brightened with contrasting pops of color. In the bathroom, try using bold, contrasting colors to enhance the room’s geometric shapes.

No matter which trend you explore this year, trust your taste and you’ll create a space customized to your family’s needs that also celebrates your unique style. (Thanks to Kohler for these six user-friendly suggestions.)

 

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Sophie, a natural stone water jet mosaic backsplash shown in polished Calacatta Tia
Sophie, a natural stone water jet mosaic backsplash shown in polished Calacatta Tia
Polished and honed Nero Marquina, is part of the Silk Road Collection by Sara Baldwin for New Ravenna.
Polished and honed Nero Marquina, is part of the Silk Road Collection by Sara Baldwin for New Ravenna.
This sleek Kallista Quincy Entertainment Faucet balances with the playfully patterned wall for a sophisticated look.
This sleek Kallista Quincy Entertainment Faucet balances with the playfully patterned wall for a sophisticated look.
Ruche, a stone water jet mosaic, shown in polished Calacatta, polished Thassos and Cream Onyx, is also designed by Sara Baldwin for New Ravenna.
Ruche, a stone water jet mosaic, shown in polished Calacatta, polished Thassos and Cream Onyx, is also designed by Sara Baldwin for New Ravenna.
This kitchen backsplash features Raj, a handmade mosaic shown in honed Paperwhite and polished Calacatta Radiance, from the Studio Line by New Ravenna.
This kitchen backsplash features Raj, a handmade mosaic shown in honed Paperwhite and polished Calacatta Radiance, from the Studio Line by New Ravenna.
Make your bathroom distinctively yours with unique faucets like this one by Kallista.
Make your bathroom distinctively yours with unique faucets like this one by Kallista.
Tamsin Stone Mosaic by New Ravenna, shown in Calacatta Tia, Verde Luna, Verde Alpi, Giallo Reale, Renaissance Bronze, Rosa Verona, Spring Green, Blue Macauba and Blue Bahia.
Tamsin Stone Mosaic by New Ravenna, shown in Calacatta Tia, Verde Luna, Verde Alpi, Giallo Reale, Renaissance Bronze, Rosa Verona, Spring Green, Blue Macauba and Blue Bahia.
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