You heard it here first – what’s in and out for kitchens in the coming year
In 2016 our kitchens have been transformed by the soft, pared back Scandi look, blending white and pale timber with touches of Serenity and Rose Quartz, Pantone Colours of the Year for 2016. Luxe-style kitchens have also been popular, featuring lashings of brass, copper and marble. On trend colours navy and grey have partnered well with these elements to create some very sophisticated kitchens.
Back to nature
Are any of these trends set to stick around in 2017? Many style pundits are already announcing their design signposts for next year and one of the common themes is a return to nature. Designers are looking to bring earthy colours and soft textures into homes, to counterbalance so many daily digital interactions.
We’ve already seen this trend for natural materials in kitchen design with those 2016 favourites, brass and copper and the timber/white combo. But after playing such a huge role in kitchen colour schemes could white finally be on the way out?
The Dulux Antidote Colour Forecast for 2017 is a collection of “distilled colour palettes as an antidote to the many challenges we face in our modern lifestyles.” It includes their Sentience palette, offering soft and muted greens, browns and shades of peach.
This could be a scary return to the dull neutrals of 70s bathrooms that we’re still trying to renovate out of our houses – good riddance avocado! But we’re also seeing stronger versions of these hues, like kale and hazelnut, in the Pantone 2017 Spring Colour palette. And although their 2017 Colour of the Year has yet to be announced, one of these could be in the running.
Bench tops and cabinets
Warm timbers team well with these earth and forest colours so expect it to stick around as a key kitchen material – for floors, cabinets and bench tops. And although marble is a natural material, it’s opulent look and cool surface is at odds with the idea of a softer, warmer interior.
If you’re looking for the durability of marble and have a generous budget, porcelain has recently moved off the floor and onto bench tops. It’s just as indestructible, stain and scratch resistant as marble and stone and can be manufactured and installed in very large sheets so you’ll have fewer visible joins on your kitchen island.
Open areas for display has become a big feature of kitchen designs. We’ve seen elegant displays of tableware and ceramics, storage canisters and jars stealing the show on shelves. They have a practical side too, giving busy chefs easy access to essentials for food prep and presentation. But with a more organic twist to kitchen style, expect shelf collections to become more of a natural museum of found objects from vintage stores, beaches and bushwalks.
Keep it classic
As tempting as it can be to go with the latest trend, beware of renovating in your own style. If you’re looking to make a small budget go a long way, a timeless style could be a better options than splashing out on a potentially dated trend. An Aussie broker can help you find out what you can afford and how to refinance your kitchen upgrade.
What changes are you planning to make to your kitchen in 2017? Share your thoughts in the comments below.