The kitchen design trends to look for – Our predictions at Concept Interiors.
- September 15, 2016
If you’re anticipating next year’s hottest kitchen trends, we’re right there with you. So what might the quintessential 2017 kitchen look like? Here at Concept Interiors, we are happy to share with you our thoughts. Hi-tech workstations and muted colour schemes are just a few of the looks we think will continue to lead the pack. Without further ado, here are some of the key trends that we predict will define kitchen design in the coming years…
- Soft, muted colour palettes. Good news if you’re already thinking about switching up your colour scheme: Kitchen colours are changing. Though white motifs will still dominate, everything from cabinets to backsplashes will be done in less saturated tones. Charcoal, greys and even neutral pastels like pale blue, pale green grey and tinted whites are the new alternative to the standard white. At Concept Interiors, we also foresee kitchens sporting lighter wood tones, including walnuts, whitewashed woods and white oak in rift grain. Bold primary colours, on the other hand, will be placed on the back burner. We believe that drier colours will become popular. Muted blues and greens and pale yellow pastel will be used as accent colours.
- Smart spaces. Get ready for a hi-tech makeover. At Concept Interiors, we predict more kitchens will have designated spots for smart devices next year. We suggest looking for areas with hidden charging stations to store devices like phones and tablets so that they are always operable, at hand and charged. The quintessential 2017 kitchen will focus on convenience for families on the go via accessible smart appliances. We expect kitchens full of state-of-the-art appliances, from steam ovens to built-in coffee machines to wine coolers.
- Integrated kitchen-living spaces. Maybe your kitchen feels disconnected from the rest of your home. Maybe you want your cooking space to feel more accommodating. Either way, this trend could be for you. We anticipate more streamlined kitchen designs in which the kitchen converges with the home’s primary living space. It will become part of the main living space even further. Designers will merge kitchens and living rooms by including hidden and integrated appliances.
- A new kind of tradition. While it’s no surprise that present-day kitchens are embracing simple design, we are starting to see traditional spaces hop on board with this trend too. We believe that even traditional kitchens may experience a slightly cleaner feel with bold lines and less fussy details. We do not believe that this is the end of traditional design as we know it. It just means homeowners will opt for fewer frills and more calculated, strategically placed details. Traditional designs will always remain popular, but future renditions will be more deliberate with an emphasis on key elements like hoods, islands, cabinet crowns and so on.
- A nod to midcentury mod. At Concept Interiors, we credit this trend to the popularity of midcentury modern furniture and we believe that this period design will trickle down to kitchens. To some extent, this is already occurring with the increasing use of walnut in islands and cabinet doors. But look for more kitchen styles that offer a nod to 60s modern style, also called Nordic style. You can get in on this minimalist movement by choosing predominantly white colour palettes, designing with light wood textures and clearing away unnecessary clutter. Nordic design is all about simplicity and functionality.
- Well-lit cabinetry. Homeowners won’t settle for just ceiling lights and table lamps to illuminate their kitchens. Extensive cabinet lighting is a trend to watch. Low-voltage light tape strips are used as accent pieces below cabinets, above cabinets, inside cabinets and below countertop overhangs. LED lights are the norm. These features will be grouped to offer better mood-setting capabilities.
If you are looking to embark on a new interior project, whether it be a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, office or media room, please give Kieron, our design director, a call on 0114 285 2762 and he can discuss all of your requirements with you in person.