Clean lines, cool hardware and bright colors top the trend charts this year.
Whether you’re remodeling or just giving the heart of your home a much-needed face-lift, 2017 kitchen trends are all about sleek, clean, simple and industrial, says Joe Maykut, director of product management for Sears Home Improvement.
Here are his top picks for 2017 kitchen design trends.
1. Dark gray counters, walls and floors
Gray is hot, hot, hot for 2017 — in both the kitchen and the bathroom. Forget about the faux marble-finished countertops that were popular in 2016. This year, it’s all about dark gray tile on countertops, walls and even on the floor. Combined with stainless appliances, it’s a clean, industrial look with a sleek edge.
2. Glass tile backsplashes
Used in a linear pattern, glass tile backsplashes can make small spaces seem larger, Maykut says.
Deep cobalt blue is also on trend this year, pairing beautifully with gray countertops and a silver range hood.
Don’t be shy and limit yourself to only putting a backsplash behind the stove and countertop; run that beautiful blue tile all the way to the ceiling.
3. Contrasting colors
The whole kitchen doesn’t have to be industrial. Paint walls a deep red or blue; install a brightly colored backsplash; or choose colorful dishes, pots and pans.
Another way to add a splash of color is to use a harlequin pattern. Think diamond-shaped tiles in four or five different varieties of contrasting colors, making sure the same color never touches.
4. Amped-up storage
Two words: large drawers. Maykut says storage is at a premium this year, in keeping with the clean, sleek, industrial look of gray countertops. Get your small appliances, tools and accessories off the counter and into a drawer.
5. Light-colored cabinets
If you’re remodeling, it may be time to veer away from dark wood cabinets, either faux or real. White cabinets are quickly becoming the new normal.
6. Tuxedo cabinets
What’s a tuxedo kitchen? It’s not a formal, dressy affair to which you wear a gown or bowtie just to eat your cereal. A tuxedo kitchen is accented with black and white cabinets: white cabinets above the countertop and black below — or vice versa.
You can mix it up by using other colors as well — different shades of blue or gray, for example, or any other neutral colors.
7. LED lighting
Grab a ribbon of LED lights and get creative with placement in your kitchen. Whether it’s on top or on the bottom of your cabinets, inside a hutch to show off your fine china or under your countertop to emit a soft glow — it works.
And don’t limit yourself to white light. LED lights come in a variety of colors, and they’re so inexpensive you can change it up, switching to any color that fits your mood.