12 Jan Kitchen Trends: What’s New in 2017
So what’s cooking new and hot in the kitchen in 2017? Experts and builders share some of their ideas for building and interior design trends for the heart of the home, and they are fantastic.
This year’s colour palette remains vibrant, but with more options to make things pop. The colour-blocked style of Tuxedo kitchens, for example, use white and black on the top and bottom layer, respectively. This means bottom cabinetry units will have black or darker shades.
The push for alternatives to the plain stainless steel is also giving rise to a variety of new colours, including bronze and black.
Completely seamless look
Kitchen designers and homeowners are increasingly turning to solutions that help achieve a completely seamless look, which means hiding appliances away or making them blend in. Smaller appliances, such as a microwave and a coffee maker, are made to blend with the surrounding cabinetry. Bigger appliances, on the other hand, are arranged in such a way that they can be hidden when not in use.
Different hardware finishes in one place
The monochromatic stainless steel look is no longer the end-all and be-all of kitchen designs. More homeowners and now leaning towards using other accessories and appliances with various finishes. Think of a kitchen with pewter, gold or copper mixed with stainless steel or wood.
Home automation is nothing new, but 2017 is foreseen as the year where it will make its way into the kitchen. With smart appliances and electronics, your kitchen can run like you’re in it, even while you’re away from home. You can turn on the lights, preheat the oven, brew a pot of coffee or adjust the room temperature with just a push of a button. And because technology continues to evolve, kitchens in 2017 are believed to become more efficient and powerful.
Smarter use of small spaces
Got only a small space to use as a kitchen? Size has never been a problem as long as a functioning and well-designed kitchen is achieved. But with more modular furniture items and kitchen appliances, working with smaller spaces will be easier than ever.
Moving on from granite countertops
Granite countertops have had its share in the limelight, and they’re finally stepping away from it in 2017. More homeowners are leaning towards materials that are easier to maintain and stain, such as marble, butcher block and quartz.
Short cabinets are old, taller ones are new. If you want to make a small kitchen appear bigger and brighter, go tall with your cabinetry. It’s also a practical choice considering the amount of storage space it allows.
The use of wood panelling definitely belongs in the past. But that won’t be the case in 2017’s kitchens, as the material used would be rich in colour and texture, and with a clean, modern finish. The trend also leans to lighter and warmer tones. And wood panelling will only be used as an accent. No wall-to-wall panelling going on.
Which kitchen trend will you follow? It all comes down to personal preference.
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