Houzz: These 6 kitchen trends are expected to heat up in 2017
Editor's Note: The following is a guest contribution from Houzz, a leading platform for home remodeling and design.
Keeping up with kitchen trends isn’t quite like peeking over your neighbor’s fence, but it’s close. Houzz caught up with designers Jane Lockhart and Gail Drury for a preview of how homeowners will design their kitchens in 2017. They’re confident these trends will rule the cooking sphere this year.
White kitchens aren’t going anywhere, according to both designers and Houzz research. But Lockhart admits that we’ll start to see more color in cabinetry, including navy, black, deep charcoals and cream colors. “Navy and dark colors will be on lower cabinets and islands to contrast with lighter neutrals on uppers,” she says.
Drury also foresees grays and taupes remaining popular choices for cabinets. “These color families are here to stay for a while,” she says. “High contrast is out, subtle calming combinations are in.”
Chic and sophisticated tones such as ruby reds, golds, turquoises, emeralds and sapphires will appear throughout backsplashes, fabrics, hardware and more. Don’t be surprised to see range hoods donning these color tones, too. “They will be made to look like jewelry in interesting shapes,” Lockhart says.
Flat-panel cabinet doors
Shaker style is currently king of the cabinet door, but watch out for flat-panel designs. Both Lockhart and Drury think these simple, detail-free designs will rise in popularity. “We’re going to see more slab or flat-panel doors,” Lockhart says. “Shaker-style will remain popular but with very clean lines.” Doors will instead rely on texture, such as rift cut oak, for detail and visual intrigue.
Not a fan of modern door styles? Drury says there’s still a way for traditionalists to make the most of the details. “It will be about the small nuances in the door design details, like the width of the stiles and rails, thickness of the panels, and routing details,” she says.
It’s all about the tangibles when it comes to kitchen surfaces. Design elements will play with our sense of touch by offering shiny, textured and roughly painted surfaces to admire. Drury predicts homeowners will mix and match these textures throughout their spaces. “It will be different textures, such as tile with a wavy relief to it next to a honed countertop and cabinets with a high-gloss polish sheen,” she says.
If there’s one thing kitchens will sport more of this year than they did last year, it’s geometry. “We’ll see more angular shapes in backsplash tiles, for instance,” Lockhart says. “Larger-format tiles will prevail in more structured shapes like chevron.” Longer and wider subway tiles (such as 4-by-8-inch or 4-by-12-inch tiles) will also rise in popularity.
Tile patterns such as chevron, herringbone and hexagons can provide contrast and dimension in kitchens with a relatively clean and minimal color palette. This transitional kitchen’s angular backsplash brings visual relief to the space’s crisp, white design.
Windows can do a lot more than let the light in. They also make exceptional accent pieces. Fortunately, homeowners have caught on and will allow their windows to steal some of the spotlight this year. “No longer hidden, windows are making a bold statement in interesting shapes and dark and black frames,” Lockhart says. “They’re being hung higher and longer as they become more of a feature to contrast with drapes.” A dark frame can create dramatic effect in a light and airy kitchen or accentuate medium-toned woods and wall colors.