Every end of year we sit down in our office and have a little chat. We consider the year we’ve had and plan for the year ahead. We also discuss what we believe are going to be the kitchen trends for the year ahead. So – what do we think will be big kitchen trends of 2017?
We base our predictions on what the big European trade shows are demonstrating. We consider the paint manufacturer predictions. We look at what products are exciting and new to market. We listen to what our customers are asking for. We discuss what we love ourselves! The end result is what we believe will be the 2017 trends.
- Modern Kitchens: Plain panel doors – preferably in matt finishes.
- Contemporary Kitchens: Wide frame shaker painted doors.
- Traditional Kitchens: Raised panel painted or Oak doors.
- Matt finish on modern kitchens.
- Low sheen ratings on painted kitchens.
We reckon that kitchens will stay in the “neutral” palette – colours such as Farrow & Balls Elephants Breath will remain popular.
White/Ivory colours will continue to be popular – colours such as Farrow & Balls Wimborne White or White Tie for a warmer ivory.
Blues will start to become more prominent.
Islands or feature areas will be in darker shades – inky blues or aubergine purples will be on-trend.
- The number one desire will remain the pantry press.
- Gadgets – e.g. Bluetooth speakers, smart appliances, LED lighting, sensor lights.
- Large islands will be high on the wishlist.
- Sliding doors and hidden appliances will become more popular.
- Noticeboards/Blackboards/Childrens art areas will become more common.
- Woodgrain Accents.
- Quartz will continue to dominate the worktop arena.
- Light coloured worktops will be most popular.
- Square edged laminates – particularly in Oaks and Concrete effects.
The Best Kitchen:
It is all very well to follow the trends – but what is the timeless classic? – the little black dress of kitchens, so to speak.
What we consider to be the absolutely bullet-proof kitchen is a solid oak kitchen. It will last decades if its designed well, has the best carcass, drawers and hinges, is constructed and installed properly. It’s definitely not “on-trend” right now – but some people don’t follow trends.
If we’re to choose our best painted kitchen – again – we choose solid oak or ash painted.