Exciting Home Trends for 2017
What a great time to be planning a kitchen remodel or building a new home! Technology has made the kitchen of tomorrow, a reality today! From built in espresso machines to dishwashers, refrigerators and microwaves with trick pull out drawers, today’s kitchens are stylish and functional! Even TVs and computers have found their way into today’s trendy kitchens. Updated appliances with cool new features and finishes are coming out all the time. Whenever time permits, I’ll update this page to highlight some of the latest gadgets, gizmos, news, tech and trends.
Wondering what home trends are hot in 2017?
The results are in from a recent survey of designers conducted by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) to reveal the key design trends for 2017. The results of the NKBA 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Survey confirmed the continuation of a number of existing trends in the marketplace, but also uncovered others that indicate shifts in the direction that kitchen and bath style will take this year. Below are 2017’s seven kitchen trends and four bath trends.
Hottest Trends for Kitchens
1. Two-Tone and Colored Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets with different colors on the uppers and lowers are very hot right now. We’re seeing lots of blue/white and grey/white combinations. Mixing painted uppers with stained wood lowers is also a unique look.
2. Light and Dark Finishes
The trend in kitchen wood seems to be heading toward the lighter woods like quarter sawn white oak. Conversely, the darker black walnut has remained incredibly popular for cabinetry, too.
3. Charging Ports and Hidden Power
While the dedicated desk in the kitchen has lost its popularity, everybody seems to be using their islands and kitchen bars for the same task. This is probably due to the portability of laptops, tablets and today’s high tech phones. We’re seeing additional plugs, hidden power strips, and lots of USB charging ports in our latest kitchens, to keep all the latest tech charged and ready for action.
4. Stainless Overkill
With stainless appliances being so poplar for so long, people are looking for ways to make their appliances disappear. Paneled fronts are gaining popularity on dishwashers, refrigerators, trash compactors and ice makers.
5. Bright Colors That POP!
Some high end appliance companies are going the other way with boldly painted ranges and other appliances. There is no hiding these vivid appliances!
6. LED Lighting
Almost completely, incandescent lighting has went the way of the Dodo. LED lighting is now the standard for under cabinet lighting, as well as ambient lighting and cabinet interior task lighting.
7. Now We’re Cooking With Steam
Steam ovens are gaining popularity. By combining steam with a convection oven, food cooks quickly without the need of added oils and fat to keep the food moist.
Hottest Trends for Bathrooms
1. Quartz Countertops
Quartz continues to take away market share from granite in the market for bathroom vanity tops and kitchen counter tops. We’re seeing lots of quartz used on shower dams, cubbies and shower seats, too.
2. Freestanding Tubs and Bigger Showers
Freestanding tubs are still growing in popularity for those who want tubs. We’re seeing lots of younger customers opting out of a tub entirely, opting instead for an oversized shower. Multiple shower heads, jets, seating areas and tons of storage are the hottest trends.
3. Three Dimensional and Patterned Tiles
Boldly patterned tiles and tiles with a 3D element are hot right now. Tiles with a wave pattern or a symmetrical three-dimensional element are a great way to add some funky textures to your new bathroom. Fun shaped fish scale or mermaid tiles can make quite a statement, too. Mediterranean inspired tile shapes and patterns are super cool and very trendy!
4. Floating Vanities
The minimalist look of free floating vanities are very popular right now. We’re seeing lots of open storage, with a push toward finding more places for usable storage in general. Grey and white tones are very popular for painted cabinetry.