Kitchen Confidential: Trends to Look For in 2017

These designers expect to see more jewel tones, pleasing textures and colorful cabinetry in kitchens this year


Keeping up with kitchen trends isn’t quite like peeking over your neighbor’s fence, but it’s close. Flash in the pan or not, trends can give us cues for increasing a home’s short-term resale value or simply inspire us for an upcoming renovation. We caught up with designers Jane Lockhart and Gail Drury for a preview on how homeowners will design their kitchens in 2017. They’re confident these 10 trends will rule the cooking sphere this year.


  1. Colorful cabinetry.White kitchens aren’t going anywhere, according to both designers and Houzz research. But designer Jane Lockhart admits that we’ll start to see more color in cabinetry, including navy, black, deep charcoals and cream colors. “Navy and dark colors will be on lower cabinets and islands to contrast with lighter neutrals on uppers,” she says.
  2. Designer Gail Drury also foresees grays and taupes remaining popular choices for cabinets. “These color families are here to stay for a while,” she says. “High contrast is out, subtle calming com  Personalization. Homeowners won’t shy away from incorporating colors, patterns and decor they love into their kitchens in 2017. As a result, Lockhart anticipates more personalized kitchen spaces. “While white is still popular, it’s not personalized, so we’ll see more individualized kitchens through color and materials,” she says. Colors will range from pink and black to jewel tones, while materials will emphasize geometry and texture. You can also expect to see decor items such as area rugs and runners to add even more personalization to a kitchen are in.”
  3. Jewel tones. Chic and sophisticated tones such as ruby reds, golds,     turquoises, emeralds and sapphires will appear throughout backsplashes, fabrics, hardware and more. Don’t be surprised to see range hoods donning these color tones too. “They will be made to look like jewelry in interesting shapes,” Lockhart says.


4.Flat-panel cabinet doors. Shaker style is currently king of the cabinet door, but watch out for flat-panel designs. Both Lockhart and Drury jhpic1think these simple, detail-free designs will rise in popularity. “We’re going to see more slab or flat-panel doors,” Lockhart says. “Shaker-style will remain popular but with very clean lines.” Doors will instead rely on texture, such as rift cut oak, for detail and visual intrigue.

Not a fan of modern door styles? Drury says there’s still a way for traditionalists to make the most of the details. “It will be about the small nuances in the door design details, like the width of the stiles and rails, thickness of the panels, and routing details,” she says.



  1. Tactile textures.It’s all about the tangibles when it comes to kitchen surfaces. Design elements will play with our sense of touch by offering shiny, textured and roughly painted surfaces to admire. Drury predicts homeowners will mix and match these textures throughout their spaces. “It will be different textures, such as tile with a wavy relief to it next to a honed countertop and cabinets with a high-gloss polish sheen,” she says.
  2. Pops of pink.Kitchens were no stranger to pink color tones last year (see: rose gold accessories), and they’ll only get better acquainted this year. You won’t find too many spaces with bubblegum pink accents, though. Lockhart believes 2017’s pink will be much more jhpic2muted. “Dusty pink is seen in small appliances now and will look beautiful with gold fixtures,” Lockhart says.She expects dusty pinks to pop up in window treatments and dish towels, as well as appliances. “Full-sized retro pink appliances are available now but in a brighter pink shade,” she says. You can work pink into other design elements such as light fixtures and florals too.






  1. Geometry. If there’s one thing kitchens will sport more of this year than they did last year, it’s geometry. “We’ll see more angular jhpic3shapes in backsplash tiles, for instance,” Lockhart says. “Larger-format tiles will prevail in more structured shapes like chevron.” Longer and wider subway tiles (such as 4-by-8-inch or 4-by-12-inch tiles) will also rise in popularity.Tile patterns such as chevron, herringbone and hexagons can provide contrast and dimension in kitchens with a relatively clean and minimal color palette. This transitional kitchen’s angular backsplash brings visual relief to the space’s crisp, white design.






  • Low-maintenance spaces.jhpic4

Whether it’s an easy-to-clean engineered product, such as porcelain and quartz, or large-format tiles, kitchens will feature surfaces that require less upkeep. “Floors and backsplashes will be larger-format tiles with less grout lines to clean,” Lockhart says. She also says smaller appliances are key when it comes to reducing daily maintenance. “For instance, why use an entire oven when you can steam and roast food with a smaller steam oven?” she says. “Multiple-use appliances are more practical and easier to clean because they’re smaller with less surface to clean.”



  1. Feature windows. jhpic5Windows can do a lot more than let the light in. They also make exceptional accent pieces. Fortunately, homeowners have caught on and will allow their windows to steal some of the spotlight this year. “No longer hidden, windows are making a bold statement in interesting shapes and dark and black frames,” Lockhart says. “They’re being hung higher and longer as they become more of a feature to contrast with drapes.” A dark frame can create dramatic effect in a light and airy kitchen or accentuate medium-toned woods and wall colors.