Kitchen Trends of 2017

It’s no secret that kitchen trends have changed vastly over the years. Long ago a small, cramped, utilitarian room, today’s kitchen has morphed into the heart of the home. The kitchen is no longer a separate room devoted to preparing meals. Instead, it is a true reflection of how we live. The modern homeowner desires a kitchen that blends seamlessly with the style of their home, marrying the two elements. The ideas outlined below will keep your kitchen and home looking timeless.

Neutral Tones

The over-designed opulence of the early 2000’s has given way to a simpler, more sophisticated look. Neutral tones such as gray, white, black and beautiful walnut browns have an enduring quality that allows them to stay tasteful for years to come. An emphasis on gray remains eminently popular this year. Benjamin Moore’s most popular colors for 2017 reflect this trend perfectly. Kitchen industry members report that white and gray painted cabinets dominate kitchen color schemes and show no signs of slowing down, especially gray. When color is introduced, it is done in a beautifully muted and appropriate way. Natural resources such as stone and wood add raw beauty and natural textures. These earthy elements bring nature into the home, creating regenerative and calming effects.

Focus on Functionality and Simpler Detailing

Having a clutter-free kitchen is a strong desire for most homeowners today. Clear countertops create an open concept and create a sense of calm – which can be in short supply in other areas of our lives! Simple door and molding designs help to remove clutter on the outside, while the beautiful and highly articulated cabinetry interiors have specialized storage for everything from spices, to pot lids, cutting boards, knives and even dog food. Kitchen storage is maximized by using adjustable drawer dividers, multi height drawers and pull out pantry storage. Hidden appliances also ensure that your kitchen has a cleaner, coherent design scheme.

Smart Technology

Kitchens are becoming smarter, faster, and more efficient. Smart kitchens are on the rise with servo-motorized cabinetry and automated appliances that use sensors to keep your kitchen efficient. This technology includes self-opening trash pull outs, hands free faucets and motion activated lighting inside the cabinetry. Phone apps created for refrigerators and ovens allow you to control and monitor your appliances remotely. If you can’t remember what groceries you’re out of while at the store, the The Family Hub refrigerator by Samsung has you covered. It allows you to view the contents of your refrigerator right from your smartphone. The advanced technology offered today can improve our cooking space and simplify our lives.

If you are looking to update your kitchen, view our Houzz page for more Kitchen ideas.

Kitchen Remodel in 5 Simple Steps

I’ve recognized that for many of my clients, either first time homeowners or those whom have remodeled one or even multiple kitchens, the process of renovation can be a bit daunting. My job as a designer and renovator is to walk you through every step of the process, making it an effortless and pleasurable experience from start to finish. Below I have provided a few resources that will help you to better understand the 5 steps that accompany a kitchen remodel.

Consultation –

There is a quote from the author Antoine de Saint Exupery that speaks to me: “A goal without a plan is just a wish”. One thing I’ve learned through years of designing is that planning is key in any kitchen remodel. Our Design and Renovation Process at Hammer and Nail starts with an in-depth consultation to make sure we understand our client’s expectations. Budgeting is also a crucial step in the planning process. When allocating project costs, be sure to leave yourself some flexibility for unforeseen expenses.

Design –

The design stage can be the most exciting and the most strenuous stage of all for a homeowner. My expertise lies in guiding you through your design in a worry free manner. My talent is to marry your needs and wishes with the physical realities of the space ; utilizing proper design principles. In addition to a wonderful look, your kitchen will also function perfectly.

You should expect to spend a minimum of six weeks in the design phase. Taking enough time to fully process all the design ideas and selections helps to ensure that mistakes in the beginning stages are easily avoided.

Elements –

The finest spaces require the absolute best quality elements and components. For nearly 40 years we have continually searched out the best possible sources for everything that goes into a Hammer & Nail project. For example, all of our cabinetry and millwork is exclusively fashioned by Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry in New Holland Pennsylvania. Why? Rutt is unquestionably the finest Custom Cabinetry available in America. They are the only cabinet maker that fits into the Hammer & Nail philosophy: That the recipe for the best kitchens must begin with the very best ingredients.

Renovation –

The next stage is the renovation itself. According to, this stage can last anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks for a basic kitchen remodel and even longer for more in-depth projects. Our renovation team makes sure every architectural and design detail is implemented perfectly. I personally supervise each and every installation, ensuring a worry free process and outstanding result for you.

Conclusion –

Creating a spectacular space is something in which The Hammer & Nail, Inc. takes pride. Our impeccable attention to detail and devotion to complete customer satisfaction is evident in everything we do. When the dust settles and life in the new kitchen begins, nearly 100% of our clients report that we have actually exceeded their expectations. If you’ve decided to renovate your kitchen and don’t know where to start, give us a call and we would be happy to work with you to design your dream kitchen today.