TREND WATCH
10 Features of Kitchen Design 2017
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Builders must know characteristics of clients’ architecture and understand their preferences to best build a dream kitchen

To be trendy is to be in style, and sometimes trends are short-lived fads, which pose serious financial burdens for average homeowners who may only remodel a home once in a lifetime after the initial build. So how does a builder or designer discern what trends are worthy of mention and which ones are best left to the home improvement magazine rack? Though not always easy, builders can confidently offer timeless trends in design that perfectly connect the style of the home to the kitchen and living space design. With that in mind, there are 10 Kitchen Trends in 2017 worth mentioning:

1. Neutral Colors

Gone are the bolds and brights of paint; instead shades of white, grey, and taupe offer timeless, calming hues that can easily coordinate with any color accessory. Mixing tones of grey or taupe add depth to a kitchen palette and remove the sterile feel of a too-white kitchen. Wood stain in neutral finishes remains timeless, too.

2. Invisible Yet Functional Appliances

Under cabinet-mounted microwaves in islands that allow responsible kids to heat up food is not only good design; it’s good parenting (especially on a Saturday or Sunday when the adults can sleep in). Cabinetry panels that hide refrigerators and dishwashers from eye view are popular because they offer more sleek sight lines. Many ovens are now being mounted at mid-chest level with doors that swing open to the side for safer handling of hot foods. Stooping over into an oven or reaching on tiptoe to get that one pie in the back of the oven are experiences many cooks are happy to see go. Some are trading in their clunky stainless steel fridges and are opting for several under-cabinet units that are specific to a purpose. Think beverage fridge, meal prep fridge/freezer, and snack fridge.

3. Sleek, Straight Lines And Seamless Transitions

Kitchen curves are being replaced with straight angles. Borrowing from European design, rectangular and square-shaped monochromatic countertops and backsplash tile, spacious islands, and simple cabinet doors are replacing the decoratively-shaped and glazed kitchen door of the past. The curved island is morphing into a simpler design of four straight edges. Cabinet hardware is disappearing all together or is being replaced by thin, long han-