The New Year always brings a flood of kitchen remodel ideas and trends from bloggers, kitchen designers and kitchen renovation websites and TV shows. Some kitchen remodel ideas are great. Others may be good in the short term but may well feel dated within a very short time. Before you jump in with any of these kitchen trends for 2017, think about the architectural design of your home, the neighborhood and whether you intend to sell your home in the near future. You want to make sure that your kitchen renovations will add value to your home. Are any of these trends for you?
1. QUARTZ TOPS GRANITE
Granite used to be the darling of countertops. Homeowners are now looking at quartz as a high end alternative. It is strong and durable and the surface is non porous, which means it doesn’t require sealing. Quartz is stain resistant and gives a more uniform color than granite.
2. TUXEDO KITCHENS
“Tuxedo kitchen” is a new buzz word that incorporates the same design elements as its dressy namesake – simple, elegant, timeless, black and white. Tuxedo cabinets use bold color blocking with dark shades for the lower cabinets and light shades for the upper ones.
3. HIDDEN APPLIANCES
Stainless steel appliances can seem cold and clinical. Hidden appliances retreat into the design and become less noticeable. They add a little luxury to a kitchen.
4. A MORE EUROPEAN LOOK
The look this year is modern, sleek and functional and much more European in feel. Sight lines are important with appliances being incorporated more into the design and not sticking out like sore thumbs.
5. VOICE ACTIVATED ASSISTANTS
As our homes become smarter, no kitchen can possibly be without a virtual assistant. Set up Amazon’s Alexa in the kitchen and ask her to find a recipe, set a timer for your choc chip cookies and play your favorite playlist to keep you company while you wash up. Alexa wakes up when she hears her name and is ready to respond to programmed commands.
6. GO GREEN
I mean the color green. Pantone’s color of the year is called Greenery. It is vibrant and verdant and adds a zing of color against dark hues.
7. MORE AUTOMATION
With a smart home, there are more and more features that work automatically. Lights that detect motion go on as you enter a room and off when you leave. Smart fridges like Samsung’s Family Hub that can order your groceries, take a picture of the food in your fridge and act as an entertainment center. Hands free faucets use sensors to turn on and off – very helpful for little children.
8. UNDER CABINET LIGHTING
Under cabinet lighting always looks warm and inviting and is perfect if your home is open plan and your kitchen is part of a great room. When all other lights are off, it provides an appealing glow. When you are working in the kitchen, it can provide extra light for reading recipes.