The kitchen operates as the heart of the home. A space where we cook, enjoy food and socialize. 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.
A “tuxedo kitchen” style is relatively simple, usually with white on the top, and a darker color such as black or dark gray on the bottom of the kitchen. When designing your tuxedo kitchen, remember that the small accents are absolutely essential to tying this look together and really making it pop. Use cabinet hardware with matching faucets and light fixtures.
Monochrome Tones and Accents
The hot color trend right now is grey and earthy tones. Homeowners are opting for simple, neutral-colored kitchen designs that will stand the test of time. In 2017, shades of grey in cabinets and doors will be in demand. However, we’ll see more copper-colored handles, accessories and appliances popping up as people find alternatives to the traditional stainless steel and black to complement their cabinets.
Touch-activated faucets are a kitchen must-have! While they may seem a little gimmicky (and a tad pricey) they are great for those times when you’ve got dirty, slimey hands. And, they are perfect for children who have an aversion to turning water off once they are done using it. On the practical side, a tough-activated faucet can saves gallons of water annually — which saves you on your water bills. As far as the style of faucet, keep things clean and minimal by opting for one with a linear silhouette. The architectural aesthetic will instantly update your look.
A “hidden appliance” is made to look as if it is cabinets, with the same design in doors and hardware. This trend leans toward the bigger items like refrigerators and dishwashers. This creates a clean, uncluttered looking kitchen. This look will be especially attractive to those who spend a great deal of time in the kitchen and are looking for a cozier, more relaxing feel.
Terra Cotta is back
But not the tangy orange clay of years bpast. 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 pendant lighting and industrial decor with reclaimed terra cotta will help keep the space current.
At the sink, apron-front styles are timeless and are becoming more than just the traditional farm house style. You can always expect great things from a modern apron-front sink, not only do they act as the perfect focal point, but their practicality makes them an easy choice. An apron front sink has a distinct look because of its exposed front-facing side. Also known as farm sinks, this type of sink is traditionally quite large because it is designed to be used for multiple functions.
Move over granite, quartz is the up and coming go-to for countertops! Quartz is the toughest countertop material, which resists scratches, burns, and chips. Crushed quartz stone is mixed with resin to produce countertops that range from solid colors to the look of real granite, but they’ll beat natural stone in toughness. It’s easy to maintain, and unlike granite, you don’t have to seal it annually to prevent stains.
A clutter-free worktops is an emerging interior design trend. It opens up the space of a kitchen and allows the home cook to calmly prepare their food at a clear surface. Look for various compartments and shelves for everything from seasoning and oils to paper towels and tea bags that can be incorporated into the cabinetry. The more you “hid,” the more organized the space will appear. Clear worktops can also create the illusion of a larger kitchen space, so for consumers with a smaller kitchen it’s well worth considering.
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