Friday, January 27, 2017
The open floor plan is greatly influencing kitchen trends.
For those considering a kitchen remodel in 2017 there are 3 hot kitchen trends that will add value, style, and modernity to the heart of your home. The popularity of the open floor plan that makes the kitchen front and center is somewhat responsible for these trends in kitchen design. They are not a flash in the pan but are key elements that will keep your kitchen bright and relevant for years to come. Here are three trends you shouldn’t live without;
1. Brass is back. If you are thinking of the bright shiny colonial shaped brass of the 80’s, think again. Modern, stream-lined brass, especially satin brass adds a warm glow and is right on point. Coupled with modern kitchen cabinets, brass brings life and color and a contemporary focal point. In a minimalist kitchen, having all the metal a uniform satin brass can be very striking. However, if it feels like it might be too much to have everything; lighting, faucets, and cabinet hardware all in gold, then go ahead and pick your focal point. Its fine to have your faucet in stainless steel and hardware in brass (or vice versa). But I would advise against mixing your metals on the same piece, please no chrome & gold knobs! Finally, try a bit a brass on the counter as a way to draw the eye. A brass bowl can add the right pop of light & color as a focal point.
2. A Bolder Backsplash. The backsplash is usually the last permanent element of the kitchen to be installed. It’s a great opportunity to balance what the design might be lacking; brightness, sheen, contrast, texture, pattern or color. Tile companies are using more geometric shapes and bolder more complex patterns. Fireclay brand tiles have contemporary geometric shapes and beautiful color options. The glazes on these tiles feature subtle color variation that bring interest and depth. You can even choose the amount of color variety you want in your glaze. High gloss sleek European cabinets by Astra or Pedini need matte ceramic or the natural texture of a stone splash as a counter balance.
3. Back to the Bench. Growing up I remember being in kitchens with built in banquettes usually stuck into tight corners that made it hard to get in or out of. However, in the open concept kitchen of today, a single straight line banquette that allows you to pull your table up to any part of it is the trend. These benches can be exaggerated in length and blur the border between eating and living areas. They create flexible seating that spans the kitchen, dining and living space. A few cushions can help define the sitting areas and in between the built-in bench functions perfectly as a continuous low table.
Todd Haase - Showroom Director at Austin Designer Kitchens