New and upcoming design trends for 2017 are eclectic and include textured finishes for cabinets and countertops. The use of a kitchen that opens to other living spaces is still very popular as it utilizes more area of the home and brings the family together. We have been designing spaces by removing walls and combining rooms for better traffic flow and function. The formal living room is slowly disappearing as homes are transformed into a large living area.
- White shaker cabinetry is the current trend. Two-tone cabinetry is key to a timeless kitchen. It breaks up the layout making it more unique and like furniture. Two-tone cabinetry can be achieved with a perimeter in one color and the island in another. Don’t have an island? Try the base cabinets in a darker tone than the wall cabinets to create a unique and complementary look.
- Make a bold statement with two large fixtures over the island. The finish on the lighting does not need to match the faucet or decorative hardware but only need to complement the other finishes in the room.
- Exposed wood beams add a natural element to the design. Beams in the ceiling also add depth to the room. Recessed can lighting as well as pendants can be installed between the beams or pendants can be hung individually from each beam.
- Wide plank hardwood floors throughout the kitchen and family room make the room appear larger and tie the two rooms together. Tile in a kitchen is worry free and a fan favorite for easy clean up.
- Black is making a comeback. With grey being so prominent in the past few years we have a new contender for cabinet finishes. The contrast of black and white will always be a classic look and pairs well with white carrara or wood countertops.
- There has been quite a bit of buzz around countertops. Feel good about mixing countertop materials. Select man-made quartz is now available in polished or satin. Natural quartzite is just as durable and stain resistant as granite and oh so beautiful. Natural stone may be available in polished, honed, flamed, antiqued, and other finishes. We also have a wonderful selection of wood countertops with a multitude of edge details, distressing, wood species, and stains. Butcher block with quartz anyone?
- Try an eclectic look with a Moroccan themed backsplash or hand painted concrete tile that gives the kitchen color and warmth. Tiles in fun shapes and patinas will make your kitchen stylish and fun.
- Use aged brass for the kitchen faucet or decorative cabinet hardware. These elements don’t need to match the appliances but complement other elements in the design.
Above all else, have confidence in your sense of style when designing your kitchen and picking out finishes. Use trends as a guide for appealing style and new technologies in the kitchen and to avoid elements that may date your home.