According to a research, many homeowners spend up to three years of their lives in the kitchen, so it’s no wonder why everyone wants their cooking space to be not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing. It is no surprise that kitchen design has never been just about functionality – interior design experts have always seen it as an integral part of the house, the great news is that in 2017 – even more attention will be dedicated to it. So, if you’re in the mood for a kitchen renovation, here are some the best kitchen design trends you should follow in the year ahead of you.
Hide the storage
Having a lot of storage space in the kitchen is important but achieving clean kitchen design is essential and that‘s why interior design experts are coming up with various hidden storage solutions. Therefore, integrated storage and workstations designed to create a sense of flow and cohesion are trending right now. This applies to appliances as well – people are choosing those kinds of appliances that are specifically designed for integration so that they don’t dominate the aesthetic of the kitchen. Concealed charging ports, pocket and sliding doors, pull-out recycle drawers, cookie sheet/tray organizers – you name it! It’s all about functionality and uninterrupted style.
Get the kitchen of the future
Computers, smartphones and all kinds of gadgets became integral parts of our lives, so why wouldn’t you add some automation and advanced technology to your kitchen as well? Energy-efficient refrigeration appliances, sensor-activated lights, hands-free faucets – it’s all created to make your life easier, so don’t avoid it. Not only will it be easier to prepare delicious meals, but you will also save a few bucks – energy-efficient appliances can help you get the most out of you energy dollars. After all, it‘s environmentally-friendly, so it’s not only trendy but also a responsible thing to do.
Neutral hues are always dominating the interior design – no question about it – but one shade, in particular, is a major trend for kitchen walls right now – grey. Most people find it dull and depressing but grey shades can look quite elegant and revived with bold accent colours – think trendy shades of blue, red, or green (Pantone‘s Greenery is the way to go in 2017!). Besides grey, black and white palette is always appealing. Use it to make a breathtaking contrast between your cupboards and countertops and finish off with marvellous hardwood floor to get the kitchen that looks lovely yet so trendy.
Opt for natural stone
Natural stone is, indubitably, the most stylish option for your kitchen countertops. It matches perfectly with all kinds of cupboards and floors, not to mention how easy it is to maintain. Granite countertops have been trending for the past few years but the hype isn’t going away just yet. Besides granite, quartz is also quite popular, while butcher block countertops are a lovely alternative for wood-lovers. For those of you who think natural stone in kitchen design is tempting but pricey, you’ll be glad to hear that affordable look-alikes are also fine. Opt for laminate look-alike and you’ll have a trendy kitchen without breaking the bank.
Use timber instead of tiles
Speaking of natural materials, wood is a timeless classic for any part of your home. Particularly, hardwood floors look lovely in the kitchen and make a trendy alternative to same old floor tiles. You should be careful, though – wooden floors and liquids don’t match very well, so opt for sturdy wood types with impregnated wear layer to make it as durable as possible. Again, you’re free to opt for somewhat cheaper look-alike – laminate flooring can look just as stylish and only the experts will be able to tell the difference.
Preparing delicious home-made meals becomes easier once you decorate your kitchen the way you’ve always wanted, so choose the trends you like and implement them in your kitchen. You know what they say – kitchen is the heart of every home and yours can become a heart of gold!
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”