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Five kitchen trends to watch in 2017*

By Ursula Leonowicz

With minimalism continuing to lead in interior design, kitchens with clean, simple lines and natural colour palettes are going to be popular in the coming year, said Paul Doré, director of sales at Cuisimax, which specializes in kitchen and bathroom renovations. According to Doré, here are the top kitchen trends to watch for next year.

  1. Rustic and raw

The materials used in kitchen renovations are going to be very raw and natural — think wood, glass, metal and stone — while the colours used are going to be inspired by nature, especially green.

  1. No more knobs

“Kitchen cabinets had the tendency look a little heavy and busy because of all the mouldings and elaborate fixtures on them,” Doré said. “But they’re going to me much simpler moving forward.”With their distinctive frames and panels, shaker-style cabinets have very sleek lines that create a polished look that’s gaining in popularity. “Handles are mostly going to disappear from sight and are going to be replaced by finger-grip cabinet doors, or the kind that need to be pushed to open,” said Doré.

  1. Set in stone

A lot of new kitchen counters are going to be coming out on the market, especially the quartz variety.Cambria, the Minnesota company best-known for its innovative natural counters, is going to be offering a new purple and gold quartz countertop called Princetown, in honour of the famed musician.“The colour is very extravagant, just like Prince, but it’s the perfect contrast to the simplicity of the cabinets that we’re going to be seeing,” said Doré.

  1. Posh porcelain

Porcelain counter tops are also going to make waves, especially thin ones between 12 millimetres and half-an-inch in thickness and that mimic the natural look of marble, cement and oxidized metal.“Porcelain is an extremely strong material that can be used both indoors and outdoors, and is very scratch-, stain- and heat-resistant,” Doré said.

  1. Splash of colour

“To escape the monotony of minimalism, a new trend that we’re seeing consists of colours that we tend to associate with exotic sports cars,” said Doré. In the kitchen, these bright colours will be used in matte finishes that eliminate reflections, making it easier to keep surfaces clean and fingerprint-free.


*This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of HomeExpo.

To get more ideas on kitchen renovations, be sure to visit the HomeExpo from October 19 to 22 at the Olympic Stadium.  



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