Kitchen Design 2017
1 “Mixing metals is my favourite kitchen design trend for 2017. I think it reflects a more individual, less formal approach to design that is popular with millennials and non-millennials alike. While it takes a bit of an expert eye, it is totally appropriate to mix metal finishes in your faucet, cabinet pulls, chair legs and pendants!” – Designer, Lisa Canning.
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‘We’re anticipating a rise in popularity of grey, black and white tones in the kitchen. These colours can work to varying degrees, whether it’s entire cabinets, worktops or appliances, or subtle hues coming through in various details and accents such as kitchen accessories. While black and white have always been popular finishes, 2016 has seen demand for grey products surge and we expect that demand for grey surfaces of all shades, to be a key trend for 2017.’ – Max-Top
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4 “In 2017, we will continue to see cabinetry painted white and various shades of grey. I think that we will also see cabinetry painted warmer tones such as greige (grey & beige), taupe and mushroom. Islands in a different colour or stain than the perimeter cabinetry will continue to be prevalent. In addition, handcrafted islands that look like furniture with legs will be popular for that unfitted kitchen look. It also adds personality and charm and the kitchen then looks like it has evolved over time. Quartz as a counter will continue to be popular as consumers become aware of its benefits.” – Interior Designer, Vanessa Francis.
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5 “After years of white on white kitchens, our clients are asking for something different again. While you might not want to paint an entire kitchen in one colour to stand out from the crowd, the tendency in 2017 will be to mix natural wood, paint and metals in the kitchen. Try framing the range hood and the island in chrome to add sparkle to the space. Add texture to your cabinetry with a mix of light wood veneered lowers and white lacquered uppers.” – Interior Designer, Tara Fingold.
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3 “One top kitchen design trend I love is to have sections of the upper cabinet extended onto the counter. Let’s face it, we all love our small appliances (i.e. toaster oven, espresso machine) but we may not want them on display all the time. A multi-purpose kitchen island has been the go-to solution to disguise the microwave and dishwasher, but unless the island is 10 feet long, it is challenging and perhaps impractical for the island to house the small appliances we use daily off the counter. By having the upper cabinets extended to the counter and small appliances sitting behind doors, you can achieve a sleek design statement without sacrificing your morning coffee!” – Blogger and Decorator, Tim Lam.
Kitchen Design 2017
‘Having clutter-free worktops is an emerging interior design trend. It can open up the space of a kitchen and allows the home cook to calmly prepare their food at a clear surface. The options for cabinetry are developing to enable this layout, carrying various compartments and shelves for everything from seasoning and oils to paper towels and tea bags. Clear worktops can also create the illusion of a larger kitchen space, so for consumers with a smaller kitchen environment it’s well worth considering having a tidy-up!’ – Max-Top
‘The recent survey saw the range cooker come out on top as the one appliance respondents don’t already have but would want in their dream kitchen, while cookers and ovens and fridge freezers were selected as the kitchen appliance respondents would be willing to invest the most money in. While the financial benefits of improving the kitchen are appealing, ultimately, the benefits of an attractive, high-quality kitchen stretch far beyond financial ones. It is a space with strong emotional bonds as many of us associate the room with enjoying food, cooking delicious meals, and spending quality time with friends and family. This is where appliances, like range cookers, can add a whole new dynamic to the family home, encouraging cooking as a family and making meal times that bit more enjoyable.’ – Michael Haigh, head of marketing at Britannia Living
The kitchen of the future is here today. From sensor-activated lights that illuminate the kitchen only when it’s in use to meat thermometers that alert your smartphone when dinner is done, kitchen technology is here to make your life easier. If you’re new to automation, a great introductory product is a hands-free faucet, like this one by Moen. Perfect for homes with small children who can’t yet reach the handle or any kitchen where busy cooks often have sticky hands. Image courtesy of Moen
1 Escape Your Island If open floor plans (literally) tore down walls, the latest trend takes things one step further: Bringing elements of the living and dining rooms right into the kitchen. Many of Ford’s clients are skipping kitchen islands entirely, opting for a rustic wood table instead.”The separation of the kitchen and dining room’s becoming obsolete,” Ford explains. “It only seems right that the kitchen’s becoming a very livable space where people hang out, beyond just cooking.” Courtesy of Leanne Ford
If open floor plans (literally) tore down walls, the latest trend takes things one step further: Bringing elements of the living and dining rooms right into the kitchen. Many of Ford’s clients are skipping kitchen islands entirely, opting for a rustic wood table instead.”The separation of the kitchen and dining room’s becoming obsolete,” Ford explains. “It only seems right that the kitchen’s becoming a very livable space where people hang out, beyond just cooking.”
2 “While white kitchens will never go out of style, we’re seeing a move towards warmer materials and a less utilitarian or expected approach. Consider the new kitchen an extension of the living and dining spaces, especially those in an open concept arrangement. The thought process is a “not so kitchen, kitchen”. Working with a cohesive colour palette and materials to achieve a sense of unity with adjacent spaces provides a connection with interior elements such as furniture, lighting and decorative details, leaving the kitchen with all the importance of function yet all the style to go along with the rest of your home.” – Interior Designer, Nyla Free.
‘Industrial design is a style that has grown in recent years, particularly in Scandinavia, and the trend looks set to continue in 2017. Characterised by details such as exposed brick, exposed pipes, rustic metals and minimalist furniture, the trend is inspired by factory spaces.’ – Max-Top
7 “Terra Cotta is back! But it’s not the tangy orange clay you’re used to. In 2017, Reclaimed Rose Terra Cotta will be hitting it big. Following the trend of reclaimed wood, the rich creams and pale pinks of this antique terra cotta tile will be the next phase in the modern farmhouse kitchen. Look for hexagon or herringbone for a modern take on this old classic. Pairing over-sized pendants and industrial decor with reclaimed terra cotta will help keep the space current.” – Designer, Andrea Haraldsen.
‘In terms of the painted kitchen, the trends are moving away from the chunkier profiles and looking to slim, thinner contouring that are allowing shaker style doors and slab drawer combinations to maintain classical proportions with a modern look and feel. Instead, new and modern painted doors are coming to the fore as they have the ability to work across all types of kitchen design, even handleless.’ – Daval
In the same kitchen, Vasi chose Caesarstone “Blizzard” for the countertops and used a glass mosaic backsplash from Mixed-Up Mosaics that combines milky white and eggplant colors with a mirrored tile. “Keeping the cabinets such a dark finish in a small space worries most homeowners because they think it will make the kitchen look smaller,” she says. “But it actually creates drama, as long as the countertops and backsplashes are kept light or white to balance light and dark in the space.” Design by Vasi Ypsilantis
For many of us, the kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s where the family convenes every night for dinner. It’s where homework is done and family meetings are had. And it’s where guests gather even though the dining room table is set and a fire is roaring in the living room. There’s something about the kitchen that makes it far more than merely a utilitarian space. If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen this year, check out these hot trends, as identified by designers.
Owned by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), KBIS is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest product innovations and trends from leading kitchen and bath brands. Each year kitchen and bath designers, dealers, architects, builders, and remodelers from all over the world attend KBIS to not only discover the newest product innovations, but to also take advantage of the education and networking.
‘At Max-Top we have noticed the number of people upgrading from laminate to quartz has risen steadily throughout 2016. This trend looks set to continue in the year ahead as the quality and value of materials becomes an important consideration. Previously quartz was seen as a luxury kitchen surface, perhaps out of the price range of the average household, but the development of composite surfaces is opening the possibility of natural stone as an option for both kitchen and bathroom surfaces. The upgrade from laminate to natural stone can greatly increase the grandeur of the room for a relatively modest price increase.’ – Stephen Moss, managing director at Max-Top
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