In The Design Studio: Trends to Come in 2017

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This is a sponsored post by Anna Gibson, owner of AKG Design Studio and an award-winning, certified kitchen and bathroom designer. AKG Design Studio is a boutique design firm specializing in kitchen, bathroom designs and cabinetry sales. Contact her at 571-989-2541 or [email protected], and check out her work on Houzz; Pinterest; Facebook; and Twitter.

This was a fantastic year with plenty of innovations, new looks, mixed materials, and styles that created a whole new world of transitional design options, creating space for any taste out there. Technology invaded our kitchens with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to control our cooking, lights and even our shopping lists! So what’s in store for 2017? Let’s explore…

According to Zillow Digs the latest home trend forecast is that “Homeowners today want an open and thoughtfully designed kitchen that blends seamlessly with the rest of the home’s design aesthetic.”

While the trend of open and “super” kitchen continues, consumers are looking for smoother transitions between spaces bringing up the hidden appliances as the next trend. Panels on appliances, and covered coffee stations is what to look for. When selecting new appliances, remember to choose ones that are specifically designed for integration.

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Also from Kerri, 2017 will be about bringing warmth and comfort into the home. Ditching the harsh industrial look and moving towards a softer look, incorporating plush velvet and jewel tones.

If you recently remodeled and selected to go with white cabinets, you are still leading the pack, as the soft transitional look is still in the lead. Still moving slowly toward a more modern look, sleek wood paneling and high gloss cabinets will be taking a chunk of the market, but those will be more popular in the big metro areas where modern design vibes with contemporary living spaces. Following the trend Kemper cabinets recently added a few modern and sleek cabinets to their line.


According to the Inman report, instead of going for a monochromatic stainless steel look, homeowners are choosing appliances and accessories with various finishes, such as gold, copper or pewter. The final result is an eclectic, one-of-a-kind space.

So if you were not sure how the brushed bronze hardware will go with the stainless steel appliances, worry no more! Just mix and match and have fun. Remember, hardware is one of the easiest things to replace in the kitchen and yet it can change the whole look.

Mid-century modern no more! The clean lines of subway tiles are on their way out, fun and funky patterned tiles are taking their place. The backsplash is where you can let your personality shine. The tile industry is happily embracing the trends and providing us with plenty of fabulous tile in every color, shape and design your heart desires. From laser cut glass to hand painted geometrics designs, the artist in you can rejoice.


What will be the color of the year? according to Pantone, the leading color this spring will be greenery, but if the zesty yellow-green shade is not your style, No worries! This is why Pantone also released 10 different color pallets that are predicted to be very popular this year. The company hopes these colors will address consumers’ desire for something new, yet comfortable. My favorite and my prediction for the most incorporated colors in the kitchen is “Rev it up” pallet. Mixing black and white, gray with jewel tones of blue and orange as accents.

Here is to another year of fabulous, out of the box, no cookie cutter designs.


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