Handmade ceramics from Liquorice Moon Studio
Is the kitchen still the hub of the home? It is where we have breakfast, where we work on your laptop, where the kids do their homework, where we entertain and obviously where we cook delicious nutritious meals prepared from scratch or, as is the case in my house more often than not, whatever the hell the kids are happy to eat without starting world war three (don’t judge me), culinary delight such as chicken nuggets, chips and beans (most nights!). So as we expect our kitchens to work harder and harder what’s in store in terms of design for 2017?
I asked Matt Prall from bespoke kitchen design company Papilio what he thinks will be big this year…
Colours mixed with a tint of black have slowly been emerging in the kitchen design world. In particular, we have seen lots of darker hues of blue in the latter part of 2016, which will continue, but for 2017 you will be seeing more mossy greens – these look particularly good paired with brass ironmongery.
The use of metallic features has been big for 2016 but will continue just as strong in 2017. However, were likely to see this trend moving away from copper towards brass and antiqued brass for worktops, splash backs and ironmongery. Reflective surfaces create a lighter room and a sense of opulence – we’re dying to work more with metallic worksurfaces.
Open shelving is becoming increasingly popular amongst clients as opposed to enclosed cabinets. This easy and accessible option allows homeowners to make a statement in their kitchen and add their own personality with small accessories and even food items. It’s also the chance to add lots of greenery – another trend we’ll be continuing to see well into 2017.
With consumers more mindful about the use of materials we’re likely to see an increase in the use of characterful` veneers such as Pippy Elm & Walnut. These add texture and intrigue to any kitchen. As we create all of our bespoke cabinetry ourselves, it’s really easy to make statement units that complete the kitchen.
When designing any kitchen we like to think of it’s daily uses and technology that can make life easier for the homeowners. Big appliances for 2017 will be steam and Sous Vide, both offer beautiful tender results and retain the nutritional values of food so are super healthy for the increasingly health-conscious family.
So here are the main big kitchen trends for 2017, I love open shelving in the kitchen so I’m glad it’s having it’s well deserved moment! It is just such a great way to display all those beautiful ceramics and tablewares which would otherwise be hidden behind closed doors.What is your favourite trend? Do you have any plans to update your kitchen this year? It can be such an expensive project so make sure you choose carefully if you go the bespoke route. Give Matt or Stephen a call at Papilio, they will more than happy to run through a few different options with you, they are super friendly and no matter what your style is they will work with you to transform your space into something truly personal and inspirational.