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.
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.
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.
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