The kitchen is the heart of the home, and given how long we spend cooking, eating, and enjoying time with family and friends in them, it’s no wonder we want them to look their best. So, whether you’re planning to save costs with a quick uplift, or going all out with a full refit, it pays to know which design trends you’ll be loving in 2017.
1. Nordic simplicity
Nordic design was big in 2016, and our love of crisp white interiors is set to continue into 2017 and beyond. Consider white on white kitchen worktops to bring some hygge into your home.
2. Back to black
Black is starting to make an appearance as a key kitchen trend; with black on black even popping up for the design mavericks out there. However, rather than high-gloss 1980s style surfaces, many people are opting for a more elegant, natural look. While, at the moment, black on black is only for the very brave, we predict it will increase in popularity throughout 2017.
3.Majestic (faux) marble
Bringing luxury, drama, and opulence to any kitchen, marble has been on the rise as a design trend for a few years now. However, while marble is undoubtedly beautiful, it’s also very high maintenance. Offering a compelling alternative, some natural quartz worktops closely resemble marble, combining unparalleled performance with stunning aesthetic appeal. Scratch and stain resistant; quartz also provide a nonporous surface, so stains and harmful bacteria are never absorbed; making it virtually maintenance free.
4.Black and blue
While chalky colours are still proving popular, there has been a definite shift away from pale grey kitchen cupboards to heavier shades with black and blue tones.
5.Integrated kitchen islands
Rather than moving somewhere new, many homeowners are working to improve their properties, and kitchen extensions are more often than not the focus of such improvements. With larger kitchens creating more integrated living spaces, the kitchen island is taking centre stage.
6.Pure natural quartz
Granite worktops have a natural beauty and a harmonious colour palette. While historically, it has been almost impossible to replicate this with engineered quartz, the latest natural quartz worktops now offer exquisite designs, a wide range of colour options, and striking visual appeal. And because the quartz mineral is only three levels below the hardness of diamond, it truly is a warrior in the kitchen when it comes to being scratch resistant. Your knife will blunt before you even start to scratch the surface! What’s more, with quartz as hygienic as stainless steel, it’s no wonder that it has taken over from granite as the number one choice of kitchen worktop.
7. Make do and mend
Household budgets across the UK are tight, with many of us looking at ways to save money. But giving your kitchen a new lease of life doesn’t have to come with a huge price tag, and many kitchens don’t need a complete refit to look better. In fact, in a time of tight financial belts, going as far as to completely refurbish the kitchen can be a drastic and unnecessary measure. Especially if you have good appliances, quality cabinets, and a layout that works. So, before you invest your hard-earned cash in a complete refit, it’s worth considering whether an uplift could give your tired kitchen a stylish new lease of life.
“There has been a sharp rise this year in kitchen refurbs, with many clients looking to the repaint kitchen doors, rather than invest in a full refit.”
Debra Carroll Interiors
8. Magnificent metallics
Copper, brass and bronze were the colours of choice when it came to interior design in 2016. Warming up living spaces these reflective surfaces bounce light around a room and create a glamorous and affluent look. Moving on from candles, mirrors, and plant pots, in 2017 we’re set to see these contemporary metallic fittings move firmly into the kitchen with stunning hardware, splashbacks, and accessories.
9.Light it up
You can add extra shine to a kitchen simply by increasing the amount of light. As such, rather than just relying on ceiling lights to add wow-factor and set the mood in their kitchens, homeowners are also making the most of their cabinet space with LED light strips and clever accent pieces.
10.If you’ve got it, flaunt it
Evolving from the integration of the kitchen and living spaces – and blurring the lines even further – in 2017 we can expect to see objects of desire (such as beautiful glassware and crockery) placed on display in stylish open shelving.
Helping you to choose wisely when making an investment in a granite or quartz kitchen worktop that will change the appearance of your kitchen, at Cheshire Granite Worktops we take care of the whole process for you.
With a small change going along way, if you would like to have a chat with us to find out how updating your worktops will add value to your kitchen and home, please do not hesitate to call us on 01565 300065 or email us at email@example.com