Summer 2017 Kitchen Trends

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The kitchen is such an amazing place. It has evolved so much in the last 200 years alone. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that the heart of the home has come full circle.

I’m thinking of the old farmhouse kitchen of more than a century ago. In it, a whole family would have cooked their meals, mended their clothes, enjoyed conversations, and kept warm by the fire. With the rise of cities and smaller homes through the last century, families necessarily had to move out of their kitchens. Moms worked alone to prepare the meals. But, other than that ongoing task, every other chore or family time was spent in some other part of the house.

Well, here we are again. It’s 2017, and the kitchen has returned to its status as the heart of the home. Most of us, even if our kitchens are small, try to maximize the space so that it’s multi-functional. Looking forward to the summer of 2017, kitchen design trends seem to be reinforcing that way of thinking.

Maximize the work space.

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Nowadays, we think nothing of knocking down a few walls and expanding the kitchen. Add in an island or extra long counter space and what was once small and cramped is now an expansive work space. Keep an eye out for super efficient technology for the kitchen, too. Whether it’s an extra faucet near the stove or a smart fridge, the trend toward work spaces that make better use of time are on their way.

Task lighting.

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The old central light fixture placed somewhere in the ceiling of the kitchen is long gone. But, kitchen lighting is till evolving. For a while, we had track lighting set in rows along the ceiling. Then, track lighting morphed into pot lights. It was the same kind of thing … without the tracks. Pot lights have a cleaner look, and they can be directed to wherever you want to light to shine. We’ve moved even further along though. We still love our pot lights for overall brightness. But, now we’re adding task lighting. Sometimes that’s a simple chandelier over the eating area. Sometimes it’s a series of pendant lights over an island. We’re also seeing lighting under the cabinets meant to direct the right amount of light onto the countertop.

I have that sinking feeling.

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The sink is the thing! We can still find lots of stainless steel sinks. But, that once neglected area of the kitchen is coming into its own. Now, you can choose between ceramic sinks, concrete sinks, copper sinks … there are probably sinks made from nearly any material. Even plain old stainless steel sinks are no longer plain and simple. They come with different sized receptacles, covers, and accessories of all kinds.

What trend would you like to see continue? Want to know what trends are coming for the rest of the kitchen? Check out: 2017 Kitchen Appliance Trends.

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