White and gray painted cabinets like those in this kitchen by Winn Design + Build will dominate kitchen color schemes in 2017.
Photo by Stacy Zarin-Goldberg
Those looking for kitchen design ideas have a new source of inspiration: the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s (NKBA) list of trends for 2017. Local designers reveal which trends are most popular in the Washington, D.C. region.
NKBA predicts that contemporary-styled kitchens will overtake traditional to become the second most popular design after transitional. Locally, Michael Winn, president of Winn Design + Build expects to see “a strong move towards transitional and contemporary styles, with no fussy designs.”
Homeowners are looking for “kitchen spaces that look comfortable, calming and clutter-free,” said Shannon Kadwell of Anthony Wilder Design/Build, Inc.
Clean lines, built-in shelving and simple door styles dominate kitchen designs. Megan Padilla, senior designer for Aidan Design reports an interest in custom storage ideas. “We’re inspired by our work with clients who often have collections of table décor — everything from antique trays to vintage oyster plates,” she said. “By creating custom storage these cherished items can be readily accessible.”
When it comes to painted cabinetry, gray is the new white and the popularity of both colors shows no signs of slowing down, according to the NKBA survey. However, blue painted and high gloss kitchen cabinets are emerging, especially in the Washington area, says Winn. “Blues and grays are very popular [and] “White continues to be popular.”
For overall color schemes, two-toned kitchens are gaining popularity while blue and black are emerging as sought after colors. “We’re seeing a rise in product offerings available in matte black — from appliances to plumbing fixtures to cabinet hardware,” said Padilla. “We love it paired with white in a classic black and white kitchen, but also as an accent piece. Matte black also pairs beautifully with brass, which has been trending for the past couple of years.”
Quartz is the most sought-after kitchen countertop material, followed by granite. “Most of our clients aren’t really interested in a kitchen that [is] too trendy since they plan to have it in place for 15-20 years,” said Padilla. “We’ve seen an uptick in interest in incorporating color by way of alternate neutrals. Navy blue is probably the top choice, but taupes and lighter blues are also on the list.”
An interest among homeowners in incorporating technology in kitchen design is increasing as well. About one third of the NKBA professionals surveyed reported recent projects that included wiring and pathways for future tech integration. “I would also expect the technology side to be a focus in D.C.,” said Samantha Klickna, project developer with Case Design/Remodeling, Inc. “The ease and comfort of controlling your home while at the office or on travel is very appealing and convenient for the city dweller.”
Induction cooktops and convection ovens are trending higher, and microwave drawers are surpassing freestanding or built-in microwaves in popularity. “People have been purchasing appliances like steam ovens and induction ovens now more than ever before,” said Kadwell. “People have less time, but still want to cook. They want to be able to cook quickly, so they’re looking for appliances that can accomplish that.”