Many of us are ringing in the new year with home renovations and decor updates. With updated kitchens being one of the most sought-after home features, it is no wonder that kitchen trends are on the top of the list. Here are a couple of the big kitchen colour and design trends for 2017:
Unexpected Pops of Colour
Kitchens are notorious for clean lines and neutral colours, but 2017 finds us kicking things up a notch with pops of colour in unexpected forms. Colour can be introduced through bold lighting fixtures, retro-style appliances, cabinets, or simply decorative counter pieces. Bold elements can bring your dated kitchen into the 21st century. Remember to not overdo it – less is still more, so make sure to choose accents wisely.
Work with the White
With bold patterns and colours taking over many modern spaces, the classic white kitchen may seem like a thing of the past. Surprisingly, white kitchens are still very popular and it does not look like that will change anytime soon. If your traditional sensibilities have you wanting a crisp, clean look, you can include texture, instead of colour, to add interest. Play with materials and finishes, mixing natural elements with modern designs and contrasting soft materials with sleek finishes. For example, white birch cabinets paired with subdued marble counters and a textured backsplash can make your neutral kitchen far from ordinary.
Subtle and Elegant: Two-Toned Kitchens
Two-toned kitchens have been a popular choice for some time, but now the trend is turning to more subtle pairings. Similar to the all-white kitchens, two-toned kitchens keep the focus on design, clean-lines and a minimalist approach. Many designer kitchens are showcasing almost indistinguishable colour differences while still offering a chromatic difference that is pleasing to the eye. The key to a beautiful two-toned kitchen is finding a colour pairing that accentuates the elements of the space and helps create depth and contrast. If you are not sure which colours to pair, stay on the safe side with two similar shades of gray.
Keep it Clean
Less is still more. The beauty of a sleek and elegant kitchen is in the uncluttered surfaces and clean lines. Keep things off counters and allow the eyes to easily go from one side of the kitchen, to the other, without interruption. Include elements with different heights, textures and finishes for a pleasing look.
Add a Few Vintage Elements
Blend the old with the new by incorporating vintage elements like an antique pantry, vintage bread box or retro-style fridge. Contrast can add interest to the kitchen, but make sure there is balance in the space. If you have more than one or two vintage elements, pair them with sleek finishes and stainless steel to keep the modern appeal.