A spacious and well-designed kitchen is one of the most sought-after additions to any home. On top of that, kitchen renovations usually offer a high return on investment, so if you’re planning on selling your property, getting your kitchen renovated is a great idea.
If you’re planning to have a kitchen remodeling project soon, it’s time to do your research about the current kitchen trends. To help you get started on planning for your dream kitchen, check out the top kitchen trends for 2017 below.
Space and Layout
Improved space planning is one of the priorities for many homeowners these days. Modern kitchens with clean lines and an overall sleek design are more in demand compared to rustic kitchens or those with more elaborate designs. This is because most modern kitchens make even small spaces look roomy. Plus, less complicated layouts and cabinetry are much easier to clean and maintain.
Accessibility is also a priority when it comes to kitchen design. People want kitchens that are still easy to move around in even as they grow old, especially if they’re planning to stay in the same home for a long time.
Customized kitchen cabinets remain popular as homeowners want to maximize the space that’s available to them. More and more clever kitchen storage designs are emerging to ensure that homeowners get the most out of their kitchen cabinets.
Dark wood kitchens and knobs are no longer as popular as they used to be. Today, light-colored cabinets and sleek chrome handles are more common.
Although granite countertops are still one of the top choices, more and more people are looking into alternative kitchen countertop materials. Quartz is one of the materials that is rising in popularity since they have proven to be well-suited for kitchen use. Quartz is strong and scratch and burn-resistant, and it is much easier to maintain than granite which requires sealing almost every year.
The kitchen is one of the top places in the house where you can see how advanced technology has become. From energy-saving appliances to automated faucets, lights that turn on automatically when someone enters the kitchen to ovens that can be controlled via your smartphone, the typical kitchen is growing more high-tech as time passes.
Keeping kitchen appliances hidden is also trending. Built-in or integrated appliances such as flush-mount fridges and built-in microwaves that seamlessly blend in with the rest of the kitchen have become the popular choice.
With the rising consciousness for energy-saving options, it’s no surprise that LED lighting has also invaded many kitchens. Aside from reducing energy consumption, LED lights also fit in flawlessly with modern kitchen designs. LED strips under kitchen cabinets are space saving and energy efficient. Plus, they make for a cool, futuristic kitchen.
Bright and airy is still the main theme for many kitchen renovations, and white is still the color of choice. Light gray and light wood are also popular choices for those who want a bit more color. To balance out the white, many homeowners opt for flashy kitchen hardware like brushed gold faucets and matching cabinet handles.
Some also incorporate flashes of color such as a brightly colored splashback or some accent colors for the cabinetry or even the appliances.
When it comes to renovating your kitchen, the most important thing is to choose a design that will stand the test of time. Don’t attempt to incorporate a variety of trends all at once. Also, make sure that you hire the right contractors for the job. No matter how great the design for your kitchen is, it won’t matter if you can’t find skilled and reliable contractors who can carry those plans out.