Last year was all about blurring the boundaries between dining and living spaces, providing endless entertainment possibilities. Kitchen benchtops boasted white tones, ceramic tiles and copper appliances, with contemporary features defining the ideal model. This year, designers have observed how 2017’s kitchen ‘must-haves’ have shifted to encompass both traditional and modern features. We’ve compiled an exciting list of the top five kitchen trends in 2017.

 

‘Greenery’

Where kitchen design trends in previous years have deviated away from soft, neutral palettes to strive for a geometrical, modern look, the trend for 2017 embraces the former in a remarkable comeback. Consumers have become more adventurous by adding ‘pops’ of colour, opting for refreshing shades of green, yellow and blue as a point of difference in the kitchen and for their attention-grabbing effect.

 

Greenery is Pantone’s 2017 Colour of the Year. This fresh and zesty yellow-green shade, evokes nature’s revitalisation and restorative qualities. Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Colour Institute, explains that by, “…adding colour to your kitchen not only will it enhance a dynamic living environment, but offer a sense of escapism from what can easily become a dull, domesticated space”.

 

 

Less is more

 

There’s much truth to the saying “less is more”, evident through 2017’s minimalist trends. Busy benchtops can instigate feelings of chaos and can often be inaccurately perceived as messy or cluttered. Maximising kitchen storage is an easy and effective way to store appliances out of sight, while also creating benchtop space in cramped kitchens.

 

 Smart kitchens

 

Getting out of bed to make your morning cup of coffee is a thing of the past. ‘Smart kitchens’ now enable us to wake up to the smell of coffee, adjust oven temperatures from a mobile phone app and receive a notification from a meat thermometer when dinner is ready. In the time-poor world we live in, kitchens are expected to become increasingly more convenient for those with busy lifestyles. Investing in smart appliances, such as steam cookers, is the first step to hassle-free meal preparation.

 

Mixed materials

 

In this rapidly-changing world, it can be difficult to keep on top of trends and unrealistic to constantly remodel your kitchen. Mixing and matching allows for the marriage of multiple different materials in one room. Think white tiles, marble benchtops, and light oak shelves. While unconventional, this is the perfect way to add a modern twist to your kitchen.

 

Kitchens of the past, featuring complete wooden fixtures and decor, now comprise of black, or white glossy features. Now used sparingly, wood is slowly reappearing, emphasising key elements.

Intentional blooms

 

Urbanisation often compromises nature for compact city dwellings. For the ‘outdoorsy’ person, a kitchen has the ability to bring the natural world indoors. Interiors with luscious succulents, standing herb gardens or fresh blooms invite a natural utopia into what can be the smallest region of an apartment. Whatever your floral preference, a kitchen’s environment can be transformed with a simple floral addition. It’s easy to see why blooms are a favourite this year!