If you are thinking ahead to the new year and planning to treat yourself to a new kitchen in 2017, we have trawled the Internet and spoken to a leading Irish kitchen designer to identify next year’s hottest kitchen trends. While the new year is not yet upon us, designers are already thinking well into 2017 and predicting the kitchen design trends next that will dominate year.
From counter tops to colour schemes, from the latest kitchen technology to trends in cabinetry, we have you covered. We met with David Dempsey of Noel Dempsey Kitchens in their County Wicklow show rooms to talk all things kitchens.
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A kitchen is no longer just a kitchen; it’s a place for cooking, entertaining, relaxing, dining and working in. Kitchens are becoming more and more connected to the rest of the home and kitchens are set to become part of the home’s living space even more. Design elements from the kitchen are also finding their way into other rooms such as TV dens, home offices and walk in wardrobes. David’s advice to people building or renovating a home is to involve their kitchen designer at the early stage of home design as key decisions in the overall design of the house can have a massive impact on the design of the kitchen.
The popularity of smart kitchen appliances is rising. More and more kitchen appliances are being made with built-in wifi; for example, ovens can now text us to let us know when our dinner is ready. With the ability to link kitchen appliances to phones, kitchens can be run remotely; coffee machines can be turned on from bed and ovens set to start cooking dinner before the home owner has even left work.
Modern and contemporary kitchen designs are making a return. This is the case, not only in newly built and modern homes, but also in traditional homes where a contemporary kitchen can offer a clever contrast in design. Think sleek mat units, mixed materials, touch press cabinets and industrial style features.
While traditional painted in-frame kitchens remain very popular, they too are moving towards cleaner lines with less detail. Ornate moldings are being replaced by smooth finishes making for a cleaner looking finish and making the actual cleaning of the kitchen a much less laborious task.
As kitchens become more integrated into the rest of the home and are used for more than cooking and eating, hide away elements are becoming increasingly popular. Sliding and pocket doors hide and reveal elements such as kitchen appliances, sinks, ovens and additional counter space. They can be revealed when the kitchen is being used to cook in and hidden away when the cooking is finished allowing the kitchen to be used as a social and relaxation space.
The traditional fitted u-shaped or l-shaped kitchen is being replaced with modular style kitchens. Think one straight wall of kitchen cabinets, an island and a block of floor to ceiling long cabinets. These form three separate modular units within the kitchen and result in more storage and better use of space. Floor to ceiling cabinets and tall cabinets are replacing traditional short cabinets. Cabinets are being made with sliding doors, pockets doors and “touch open” doors and drawers, all of which work especially well in kitchens where space is at a premium.
While wood and wood effect kitchens took a step back in popularity in recent years, wood is making somewhat of a comeback. Think flashes of wood as opposed to an entire wood kitchen. Woods such as bleached oak and walnut are particularly popular. The former is influenced by pared back Scandinavian design and the latter by trends in American kitchen design.
Demand for high-spec appliances is growing. American style fridges, steam ovens, built-in coffee machines, wine fridges, boiling water taps, extraction fans built into hobs; all once seen as bonus items are now becoming standard features in kitchens.
Combining different materials in a kitchen is perhaps the biggest trend for 2017. Think bare wood, stone, metal, polished concrete, marble. Kitchen sinks are becoming more adventurous and moving away from stainless steel and basic white to materials such as composite granite, cast iron, copper and stone. Metallics such as brass, gold and copper add warmth and continue to be popular; use in taps, door handles, seating and lighting. Polished concrete and solid wooden floors are becoming increasingly popular. Marble, stone and mirror are all on trend options for back splashes. A clever use of different materials can optimise both the kitchen’s functionality and its design aesthetic.
Last but not least, the colour palates of kitchens are changing. While grey will continue to be a popular choice of colour for kitchens due to its neutral palate and calming tones, its dominance in kitchens is on the way out. People are becoming more adventurous with colours, adding splashes of bright colours and opting for darker moodier hues.
Many thanks to David Dempsey of Noel Dempsey Kitchens for his input, and selection of images used in this feature.Frances Walsh is the creator and writer behind healthy lifestyle blog, The Honest Project. The Honest Project focuses on plant based eating and cooking, using vegetables, fruits and wholefoods. Frances’ interest is in preparing and eating foods that are made from scratch but are practical and easy to make for even the most inexperienced cook.
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