Kitchens 2016

10 Hot Kitchen Trends

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Winning White

White’s hot — but let’s face it, it never really went out of style. And the color of the year, according to paint giant Sherwin-Williams, is “Alabaster,” a white that’s a bit warmer and not as beige, says Jackie Jordan, the company’s color marketing director. “It provides an oasis of calmness, spirituality, and ‘less is more’ visual relief. It’s neither stark nor overly warm, but rather an understated and alluring hue of white,” she says. There are, of course, hundreds of shades of white, and Jordan suggests that you try a few on your wall. Study them by day and night; every color looks different when applied, in part because of the room’s natural and artificial light, and also because of the effect that nearby colors can have on it. Jordan recommends a satin or semigloss finish for cabinets, satin for walls, and satin or semigloss for trim. White offers another perk: You can accessorize your room with fun colors. And for those who don’t want all white, gray is still in fashion, too.

Photograph courtesy of Sherwin-Williams

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