According to Forbes...Top Kitchen Design Trends of 2016

Some of the trends are things that everyone across the board, has recognized, others are continuations of trends that have been developing over the years.

Color: Soft, muted tones are a prevalent theme. White is still the dominant motif with charcoals and various tones of gray are becoming the new "neutral". Also tinted whites like pale blue, pale green and pale gray are becoming the new alternative to standard white.

Wood tones used in kitchens are also trending lighter...walnuts, whitewashed woods and white oak.

For accent colors, bold primaries are going out while more muted tones of blues, greens and pale yellows (and other pastels) step to the forefront, to blend more with the primary color trends.

Smart spaces with hi-tech design elements are taking center stage, and combine with the trend for more open and integrated living spaces. Streamlined kitchen cabinets, with hidden countertop and appliances enable a seamless look from kitchen to living room. Smart devices and hidden charging stations for a family of gadgets and full of state-of-the-art appliances, from steam ovens to built-in coffee machines to wine coolers.

The ’80s are back: Mirrored back-splashes, brass accessories and high-gloss surfaces are back with a more refined natural look.  Think natural fibers vs. plastic and metals that have a satin finish vs.  shiny.

Copper, brass or bronze will be utilized beyond faucets, pendant lights and cabinet pulls, coming in to play in a much bigger way with Metal Range Hoods and Islands. Bigger statement pieces.

Traditional kitchens with cleaner and bolder lines, with an emphasis on statements made in key elements like hoods, islands and cabinet browns.

Texture-on-texture contrast. Not mixing and matching textures, but, instead, re-positioning the same texture in different patterns, colors and finishes throughout the kitchen.

Modern ’60s style, also called Nordic design is simple and functional. Minimalism: predominantly white color palettes, light wood textures and clutter free.

Well-lit cabinetry. Extensive cabinet lighting with low-voltage light tape strips below cabinets, above cabinets, inside cabinets and below countertop overhangs,” LED lights grouped with recessed can lights.