7 Ways to modernise your kitchen in 2017

Whether you are planning an entire renovation this year, or just intend to incorporate a few updates in your current kitchen, these are some of the must have trends to modernise your kitchen in 2017:

Go Open Plan

Open plan kitchen

The kitchen has become more than somewhere just to cook a meal, these days it’s a relaxed hub; a space to entertain, watch the kids play, a place for our pets etc.  No longer just home to a lowly kitchen table, there will more likely be a wall mounted TV, a corner sofa, coffee table, bar or trendy island, which makes an ideal spot for combining cooking, eating and entertaining.

So if you are planning to make structural changes, you can rest assured that the trend for open plan kitchens is firmly established and here to stay, with most new build properties featuring a stunning open plan aspect.  It can be an effective way to add value to your property as a larger space is both desirable and useful.

Add Feature Flooring

Atra Floor

People just can’t resist interesting and cool flooring in 2017.  The popular social media platform Instagram is brimming with photos of people’s feet on eye-catching floors.  (Just check out the hashtag #ihavethisthingwithfloors.)

If you want to modernise your kitchen in 2017, having something striking underfoot is certainly one way to do it.  Choosing a quality material such as hardwood is never a mistake.  Beautiful and durable, classic styles like parquet have seen a resurgence lately.  This type of flooring will always look timeless and is easy to maintain.  Alternatively, you might opt for a funky modern floor.  There are some great new patterned vinyl designs on the market that replicate the look of tiles (such as the Lotus design from Atrafloor shown above), that come in a wide variety of colours and fun designs guaranteed to add a spark of personality to your space.

Invest in Granite Worktops

White veined marble has been a popular look in home interiors lately, but in 2017 opting for a timeless, durable and beautiful granite worktop is a good choice.  Always popular and in demand, especially with potential house buyers, this desirable stone offers real luxury.  Granite is such a hard surface that it is very resistant to scratches, chips and cracks.  Hygienic and heat resistant, it can stand up to hot pans better than marble and is more stain resistant, making it the perfect material for the kitchen.  Another plus point about granite worktops is the range colours and patterns it comes in – from deep blue blacks to subtle grey and creams, whether mottled or speckled – and each length of worktop is unique.

Opt for Crittall doors and windows

Move over bi-fold doors, the latest trend is for iconic Crittall-style glazing.  Perfect for capturing the trendy industrial style, the architectural look and design of these steel framed windows goes back as far as the 1800s.  You can see them on many an Art Deco property and historical buildings like the Houses of Parliament.   Head to Pinterest for more inspiration.

Wave goodbye to boring chrome taps and sinks

Sexy taps and sinks are big news in 2017.  Off you trot, chrome – the look to go for right now is gold, copper, bronze or black, as demonstrated by some of the leading home interiors bloggers – this stunning gold sink and tap over at Swoon Worthy being a great example.

Gold tap and sink

Get Connected with Gadgets and Smart Appliances

As the hub of the home, it makes sense that the kitchen should be connected.  Your modern kitchen should provide plenty of plug sockets and a charging station for phones and tablets.  Not only that, many new appliances are WiFi enabled now.  How about owning a fridge that can keep tabs on its contents and let you know when you are running out of supplies?  Integrated coffee machines so you can be your own barista, too.  Meanwhile, smart ovens that offer you recipe ideas can make cake baking a doddle and filtered water / boiling water taps all help to make life easier, so why not embrace the new tech era in your kitchen.

Updating the Overall Aesthetic

Kitchen design went very minimal and futuristic not so long ago.  In 2017 you will see a bit more character in kitchens, but still streamlined and chic.  Cupboards tend to be handle-less and instead of lots of high gloss finishes, you will see more matt door cabinets.

Open shelving is still a popular alternative to wall cabinets, as a nice way to display storage jars and crockery, but while kitchens are tending to a little less minimal, they are keeping clutter free thanks to innovative hidden storage options and sleeker recycling containers that don’t draw unwanted attention.

Though still a popular choice, subway tiles are giving way slightly to hexagonal tiles, but your choice of splashbacks is very much down to personal taste.  Colour wise, black and white is popular in kitchens this year, and of course grey is still very much having its day.  If you want to stay on trend, take a look at the paint companies and their ‘colours of the year’, for example Dulux’s Denim Drift is a gorgeous blue that will have your kitchen looking smart and totally current.

So in summary, whether you plan to move in the future, or stay put in your forever home, bringing your kitchen up to date for 2017 can reap the benefits.

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  1. April 3, 2017 / 10:01 am

    Ahh thanks so much for including my tap and sink! So many great ideas here – I’d love to have an open plan kitchen at some point. While our kitchen opens to the dining room through a large open door, there’s no room for a bar or island which is, of course, the dream #kitchengoals 😉 I’m loving the new look of vinyl these days too – it’s amazing how beautiful the designs are these days and it’s such an economical choice xx
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    • Antonia
      April 3, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      Oh my pleasure, your sink and tap combo is a real showstopper! In fact your whole kitchen (and home) is lovely, Kimberly. I do agree it would be nice to incorporate an island if you have the space, we don’t unfortunately but may be able to squeeze in a bar – watch this space!

  2. April 3, 2017 / 10:07 am

    So many great trends here. What a lovely floor you have featured. Such an easy way to make a statement. I also love that gold tap and sink. Very luxurious!

    • Antonia
      April 3, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      The flooring is great, isn’t it? I love it. And yes, luxurious is the word 🙂

  3. April 3, 2017 / 12:41 pm

    Great article. And great trends. I want them all! Particularly Kimberly’s gold tap and sink x

    • Antonia
      April 3, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      Thanks Carole! Me too 🙂

  4. April 3, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    I have an open plan kitchen and would love to update it with feature flooring and a statement tap – really love that gold sink!
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    • Antonia
      April 3, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      It’s a corker isn’t it? X

  5. April 3, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    I love these ideas. We have an open plan kitchen dining room but it’s not that great on features. It’s a new build with really nice plain decor but it lacks a little something. I’m not changing anything until we decide whether we’re staying or not, though.
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    • Antonia
      April 3, 2017 / 6:27 pm

      Yes, I get that – I think you need to live in a space for a while to see where you want to take the design. Particularly if you forsee a move in the future. X

  6. April 3, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    Love that flooring. So many good vinyl designs coming through now! And of course, Kimberley’s tap and sink are all kinds of gorgeous. Great ideas here!x

  7. April 3, 2017 / 9:36 pm

    Great ideas! I think you should definitely splurge on floors and good quality appliances and save on things like doors, handles, tiles etc. I’m interested to see where smart appliances and gadgets will go in the future. We just got an Amazon echo and I’m loving playing music while I cook or asking Alexa the weather in the morning! x
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    • Antonia
      April 23, 2017 / 6:12 pm

      Thanks Cate, I’m tempted to get an echo too! 🙂

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