Design Trends

Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2016

The NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) has just published their predictions for the “Top 10 Kitchen trends” of 2016.

They have based their predictions on popular trends from 2015 that they think will continue to increase in popularity over the upcoming year. Here at Merrick we have found that most of these trends are right on point with what Homeowners are looking for in the Metro DC Area.

1. Transitional style kitchens that feature a traditional feel with a focus on clean lines and less ornamentation.

Cherry Kitchen with white quartz

Popular Transitional Design Elements Include:

  • Shaker Cabinets
  • Squared Counter Top Edges
  • Brushed Chrome and Stainless Hardware
  • Clear Glass Cabinets

2. Gray/White/Off-White Cabinets mixed in two toned kitchens.

Turquoise Kitchen Island


About 50% of the kitchen’s Merrick built in 2015 featured white cabinets. They pair well with other shades of paint or stained finishes.

3. Pull-outs will continue to be in high demand.

pull out trash drawer

We always recommend designing a pull-out Trash Bin next to your sink. Tilt out trays under your sink, pantry pull-outs, and full extension drawers are also a convenient way to keep must have items off your counter while still equally accessible.

4. Wood floors Dominate!

Ellisons Kitchen (1)

Without fail every kitchen we do features wood flooring. Keeping the flooring continuous throughout your home makes it feel larger and more spacious.

5. Quartz and Granite are the most popular countertop materials


We even like using natural quartzite slab which has all the movement and beauty of granite and marble with the extra strength of quartz.

6. Outdoor kitchens will grow in popularity

Outdoor Kitchen

The NKBA says that this trend is the most popular in the Southeast. It’s certainly not a winner in our area, while the idea is nice since we only get about half a year of enjoyment out of it not many find the investment worth it.

7. Built-in Coffee Stations

Derricks Kitchen 6

Creating designated spaces in your kitchen for what you love is always a good idea. We have done kitchens that feature wine stations, coffee stations and snack stations!

8. Pocket Doors were specified by more than 70% of designers.

Derricks kitchen 3


While pocket doors are a great way to save space they tend to disappear, we normally reserve them for bathrooms. In kitchens we prefer to make more of a splash with a decorative barn door!

9. Special Pet Spaces!

A luxuriously soft bed as enjoyed by part time model, Dolly.


While we love our furry friends and have designed many a custom space, we have yet to have a request for a custom dog food station, maybe it will be a first for us in 2016!

10.  Docking and Charging Stations are being specified by more than 70% of designers.

Kitchen Charging Station

A decade ago everyone wanted to include an office space in their kitchen. Now all they need is a charging station, however this is one important detail we discuss with every Homeowner.

We are excited to see more of these design trends in 2016! For even more great ideas visit our Kitchen Gallery 

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