Many people see the kitchen as the hub of their home. And they want that hub to look good. Modern living has changed the kitchen from a utilitarian back room to a space that needs to be both functional and stylish.
If you’re after a fashionable kitchen but have no idea where to start, read on. We’ve compiled a list of the 6 top kitchen design trends for 2017, to help you create a stylish kitchen for the new year.
There’s now an emphasis on simplicity and functionality. Surplus decoration, units and furniture are on the way out, as is impractical minimalism.
The trend this year is for a kitchen that is well-stocked and functional, but also uncluttered and stylish.
Kitchen colours this year include washed blues, dusty pinks and dark greens, reds and yellows. These work well with light greys, browns and creams. These muted shades bring enough colour to your kitchen to make it interesting and unique, without being loud or overwhelming.
This year trends are moving away from sleek and glossy surfaces towards warmer, matte materials. So bright shiny metals, like stainless steel, have been replaced with copper, brass and pewter. Work surfaces are also due to lose their shiny, glossy finishes, and plaster walls are replacing tiles. These matte materials are often mixed together to create a unique look.
Another kitchen trend this year is hidden appliances. Instead of having a plastic fridge on show, many people are choosing to hide their appliances behind cupboard doors. This has the double effect of hiding any ugly appliances and helping to create a consistent design scheme.
2017 will see a rise in the number of natural materials in the kitchen. Fashionable materials this year include wood, wicker and clay. Wood can be incorporated into the kitchen in vertical wall panelling, tables and work surfaces. Clay or slate tiles can cover floors and walls, and wicker-seated chairs can go around the table.
Tuxedo cabinets are also due to be popular in 2017. This trend sees kitchen cabinets above the work surface painted a light colour, and the cabinets below painted a darker colour. Tuxedo cabinets have often been black and white, but this year you’re more likely to see olive green paired with cream, or navy blue and a light, soft grey.
So this year there are several new design trends that are relatively easy to create in your own kitchen. If you’re ready to give your kitchen a 2017 revamp, click ‘Start my project’ and complete our online form. We’ll put you in touch with up to 4 kitchen companies who’ll be able to help you.