Design: Kitchens

Design: Kitchens

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Design: Kitchens

by Linda Mazur

For 2017 and Beyond

Kitchens are one of the most utilized rooms in our homes, so why shouldn’t we make it not only functional, but stylish and comfortable as well?

This year we are seeing kitchens full of texture and pattern that are designed with a less formal approach intended to accentuate an open-concept feel and integrate seamlessly with adjacent living spaces.

While white continues to dominate in kitchen cabinetry, we are seeing shades of warm greys and taupes gain popularity. Black is also becoming more prevalent and is a great way to add a little contrast when trying to give new life to an old kitchen. Whether in hardware, faucets or counters black can always be a welcome addition to a kitchen. Look to Blanco for a wonderful selection of coloured sinks and faucets in their Silgranit finish, a great way to inject colour, texture and interest into your kitchen space.

Warm wood tones are “en pointe” in our kitchens. Mixing accents of wood, paint and metallic finishes is a great way to remain on trend in 2017. Add texture to your kitchen with a mixture of wood accented cabinetry for your lowers and a white lacquered finish on the uppers, with warm aged metal hardware, creating a wonderful stylish look with great longevity.

Kitchen trends are also seeing less upper cabinetry and more open shelving, creating a great relaxed approach to your kitchen design. Play up the trend of texture in your kitchen by adding open shelving in a reclaimed wood, or aged metal finish.

Just like other rooms in our homes, pattern is popular in kitchens in 2017 as well. Even if you prefer the calmness of an all white backsplash, have some fun and add some interest with a patterned or textured tile; or set your tile in a herringbone pattern. The ideas are only limited by your creativity.

While we’re discussing pattern and texture we shouldn’t neglect your floors. Whether you’re entertaining tile or wood, add some interest to your kitchen flooring. A hexagonal mosaic tile can be a fun addition to your space or perhaps a wonderfully aged wide plank engineered wood is more what you had in mind; whatever your choice may be, flooring is an important aspect of your kitchen design.

Warm metals are being seen everywhere in design and our kitchens are no exception. From hardware, to lighting, cabinetry and range hoods to accessories, warm metallic finishes are a welcome addition to your kitchen; and don’t be afraid to mix your metals to created a stylish relaxed edge to your space.

For countertops quartz still remains a strong leader as consumers become increasingly aware of its benefits. The low maintenance and durability of quartz is a perfect asset to a high usage area such as your kitchen. Look to one of my go-to suppliers, Quartex, for a beautiful selection of quartz countertops to complete your kitchen design.

The kitchens trends of 2017 are designed to create warm, inviting spaces that are an extension of your adjacent rooms. While functionality will always be at the forefront of good kitchen design the trends of 2017 can help to create a great look for your kitchen for years to come!

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.

With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.



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