A kitchen needs to be more than just a random collection of appliances and fixtures. Since the kitchen is typically the central hub of activity in Australian homes, it’s a space that needs to appeal to the emotions. Ideally, it should evoke feelings of comfort, peace, hospitality, security and vitality. The kitchen also needs to be suitably practical, allowing the chef in the house to efficiently wash, chop, blend, cook and perform all the myriad functions essential to preparing each meal.
As kitchen designs evolve to become increasingly functional and streamlined, it becomes all the more evident that an outdated kitchen is not ideal. If you’re looking for ideas on how to update your own kitchen, you’ll want to check out this list of the top kitchen design trends of 2017.
2017’s Trendiest Kitchen Sink Styles
Kitchen Sinks With Undermount Installation Capabilities
Undermount sinks can give your kitchen work area a clean, seamless look. They’re one of the best options for using with countertops made of natural stone, which are also trendy right now.
Trough-style sinks are also popular right now. Just about any kitchen could benefit from the installation of a kitchen sink made in this style. Trough sinks can complement modern kitchens, rustic kitchens, industrial kitchens, contemporary kitchens and classic kitchens with traditional farmhouse styling.
For Australian homeowners who enjoy cooking outdoors, trough-style outdoor sinks are a good choice for the outdoor food prep area. If you want to build an outdoor kitchen, one of these sinks would be a convenient complement to the grill or fire pit area.
Trendy Kitchen Appliances in 2017
Kitchen appliance trends continue to remain reasonably stable here in Australia. Stainless steel kitchen appliances such as multi-function ovens and free-standing dishwashers continue to be in strong demand, just as they have been in previous years. Black kitchen appliances are trending up.
The right choice of appliances can do a great deal to help accomplish the streamlined look that is currently desirable in today’s kitchen. Some homeowners are choosing to trade in bulky full-sized refrigerators for sleeker, slimmer-profiled counter-depth fridges. The best small kitchen appliances right now are ones that can be easily concealed inside cabinetry, drawers or pantry spaces.
Kitchen Tile and Splash Back Trends
Simple subway tiles have been trendy in both kitchens and bathrooms during the last few years. They remain strong sellers in the Australian marketplace, but sales are trending down. Interest is increasing in more lavish types of tiles including round mosaic tiles, three-dimensional tiles and luxury handmade tiles. Interior designers are incorporating tiles that mimic the look of timber into new kitchen environments. Stone splash backs are also currently trendy in Australian kitchens.
Kitchen Colour Trends for 2017
Here in Australia, navy blue is one of the most-specified kitchen colours so far in 2017. In the USA, blues have been popular as well; however, it’s purplish-blues, teal blues and vibrant turquoise blues that are rivaling navy blue for popularity.
Matt black is another top kitchen colour choice. Homeowners are balancing the black with clean, stark white, resulting in a sophisticated look that designers have been referring to as the “tuxedo kitchen”. However, white isn’t your only choice if you need an up-to-date counterpoint to the black. Numerous Aussie trendsetters are designing kitchens featuring matt black along with lighter shades such as pearl grey, stone grey or light taupe. This colour palette mirrors broader global colour trends, as designers in the USA and Europe are also decorating with the same moody colour themes.
At this point, 2017 is more than halfway behind us. Some trendspotters are already making their predictions for 2018 colour trends available. Across the pond in the USA, President Donald Trump’s family is enamoured with decorating in a palette that prominently features the color gold. In 2018, trend forecasters are predicting a proliferation of gold kitchens and interiors. The American public has already begun to emulate the look of their President’s opulent gold-bedecked properties, drawing inspiration from Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago for their own home renovations. That trend may or may not catch on with Aussie homeowners, but it’s definitely one to be aware of if you have an interest in tracking global interior design trends.
2017 Kitchen Countertop Trends
In high-end kitchen design projects, quartz is replacing granite as the up-and-coming trendy fabrication. Quartz is appealing for several important reasons. It is as beautiful as granite, but it requires less maintenance. Since quartz is not porous like granite, there is no need to seal and re-seal it as you would have to with granite countertops.
Another advantage of quartz countertops is the wide availability of coordinating kitchen products and accessories. Some trend-conscious designers are choosing to install complementary matt black quartz sinks along with their quartz countertops for a flawless match.
Natural Granite Countertops
Granite remains a popular choice of materials for constructing kitchen countertops. Its durability, beauty and versatility contribute to this natural stone’s broad appeal.
There are slabs of granite that incorporate just about any color combination you could imagine. If you’re including blue in your kitchen colour palette, look for lovely blue-flecked granite slabs that coordinate beautifully with the navy blue kitchen color schemes that are so popular right now. Granite works well with the black and white kitchens that are currently trending up.
These are some of the most important kitchen trends we’ve observed for 2017 in Australia and elsewhere. We hope this 2017 kitchen design trend report will be useful to you as you plan future purchases for your kitchen.
If you want to be sure of buying on-trend, high-value kitchen décor from a local Australian company, we invite you to shop with us here at BuildMat. We offer you a wide variety of fabulous, on-trend kitchen items including sinks, taps and kitchen accessories. Whether you’re hoping to redo your current kitchen, construct a completely new one or make a small kitchen update, we’re positive you’ll find the ideal design elements available for sale in our online shop.