In 2017, traditional rules
will still reign, but neutral design will become a lot more complex, design
experts say. Customization is the new name of the game.
While homeowners want a
thoughtfully designed kitchen that blends seamlessly with the rest of the home’s
design aesthetic, it also has to be unique. From hidden appliances to
beautifully painted cabinets in complementing colors, homeowners want their
kitchen to be stylish enough for entertaining, yet welcoming and functional for
That means moderate shifts
in design that offer more personalized options:
hardware. Forget the standard nickel
knobs or brass bar pulls. When it comes to hardware for your cabinets, there
are more options than ever before. Think of hardware as jewelry for your
kitchen design. Among the trends for hardware are hammered finishes, leather
trim and even pulls made from slices of agate.
When it comes to color, consumers
want something new yet comfortable, says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of
the Pantone Color Institute. The use of unexpected color combinations that seem
to be discordant yet still work together will rise, she says.
Colors represent a way of
helping consumers “escape the stress of their modern lives, offering
reassurance and security in difficult times,” Eiseman says. It’s about emotion
and feeling. Colors will help convey a sense of nostalgia and stability and
offer an unexpected pop against more neutral tones.
According to Eiseman,
metallics remain popular, with “all kinds of household objects being
transformed into objects d’art.” Iridescent flatware is not new, but technology
is making it more vibrant. Colored glassware is also popular though, as is
clear glassware that is more about form and function.
And while sleek,
contemporary looks are frequently seen today, the vintage or retro look is not
going away either. “Rescue is the new buzzword that is replacing recycling,” says
Eiseman, and handcrafted and raw materials are seeing a resurgence.