1. Coloured cabinets. While white may reign supreme in the kitchen, kitchen colours are changing. Charcoal, navy, grey, stone, green-grey, soft blue and tinted whites are the new alternative to standard white, popping up in the world's best houses. And it's not unusual to opt for a different colour for overhead cabinets to below benchtop units. Photo courtesy of Devol Kitchens. Gallery created by interiors expert
2. Hidden gems. While open-plan kitchens have been trending for many years, we also we also want to be able to hide a little bit of mess. Enter butler’s pantries behind the main kitchen and extra hidden counter space. Photo by Melissa Penfold
3. Unexpected furniture. Since the kitchen is the heart of the house and a room everyone spends a lot of time in, we’re sprucing up the space with comfortable seating, antique (freestanding) cabinets, gorgeous lighting, art and even taxidermy. Photo by Jesper Ray and Pernille Kaalund for Truly Retreat Puglia.
4. Mixed materials. Eschew the perfect, polished look for a more eclectic, layered look. Instead of using only one or two materials, we will use a variety of different, disparate elements to create our own personalized space. Photo by Tine K.
5. Deep drawers. Research shows that storage is one of the top kitchen priorities during kitchen renovations as we head into 2016. Available in endless, affordable options, deep drawers are replacing lower kitchen cabinets - with all kinds of fab dividers and inserts to choose from for organizing all your pots, pans and utensils. Ideal for bringing all the hidden items back into the light. Photo courtesy of May Be May.
7. Professional-Grade Gas Ranges. With the proliferation of TV cooking shows and online classes, we are opting for top-of-the-line gas ranges used by celebrity chefs and serious foodies because there's no doubt they're family-friendly too. The race cars of the kitchen, they're also what we recommend when your midlife crisis hits. Architect Vincent Van Duysen equipped his own kitchen, with La Cornue’s Chateau Series sparking a commercial-grade appliance rage. So it might be time to upgrade. Photo by Netherlands-based Lodderkeukens.
8. Utensil Racks. Room-spanning storage rail systems are becoming the kitchen's star turn in 2016. Great problem solvers, too. They are a quick fix, cheaper than shelves, (or built-ins), and sometimes preferable because they don't shrink a room. They can be attached to virtually any surface, too. Kitchen designed by Sevil Peach Studio, London.
10. Workhorse Islands. Kitchen islands are having a major moment. With deep storage, prep sinks, room for seating, plus providing additional workspace, they are becoming the central feature in modern kitchens. Photo by Remodelista