Kitchen Trends for 2017

Article by Jennifer Mehalko, Senior Contract Designer
First appeared in ‘CDECA News Spring 2017’

The biggest and easiest trend for us to get on board with for 2017 is ‘kitchens that don’t look like kitchens’. New home design and renovations tend to open up the living space and this – this allows a cohesive pairing of aesthetic with intentional function. Here’s how we can achieve this while weaving in additional trends:


Less is more when it comes to this movement which lends itself best to contemporary, Scandinavian or mid-century modern spaces where simplicity and alignment is everything. Thoughtful placement of reveals and shadow lines in the millwork give clean, interesting transitions to highlight horizontal finishes like countertops and flooring materials.

Moving through the kitchen is a breeze with teh incorporation of technology like servo-drive (hardwired mechanisms that power the opening and closing of drawers and uppers) or the more cost effective ‘tip-on’ option. A few appliance manufacturers have also aligned to create collections of handleless cooking and refrigeration options.

Photo: Neff Kitchens


In this transitional trend, hardware is EVERYTHING. A historic movement, this furniture dates back to the 1800’s and was utilized by the ever so stylish and inventive British military who would break down compartments to create folding chairs and small chests.

This trend best lends itself to framed or inset cabinetry – characteristically styled to have the appearance and finite detail that furniture pieces possess. The solid, flush inset hardware creates that travelled, curated, timeless look and now is available in stunning new age finishes like matte black and polished nickel.

Photo: Bonadies Architect


If you’ve got the space and every inch of storage doesn’t count, hop on this trend of removing the uppers entirely. With the addition of windows, art, beautiful wall sconces, textured or patterned wall finishes, you’ll never miss them!

Base cabinet storage solutions have come a long way and offer extensive options so you can utilize every square inch and really dedicate that wall space to feature something fabulous. This trend softens the utilitarian look of a kitchen and meshes well with eclectic, transitional or contemporary spaces.

Photo: Neff Kitchens


With black still holding strong as a classic go to for any space, the addition of inky blues, stormy greys and saturated deep greens are comparably elegant. With the incorporation of larger windows, open spaces and ingenious placement of lighting, one can get away with venturing to the dark side. Marrying these hues with crisp white marbles, glossy hardware and lucent backsplash materials keeps this trend from feeling too heavy.

This trend sees kitchens drifting from the typical ‘white’ to transform the heart of the home into a dark, dreamy and cozy space.

Photo: Neff Kitchens

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