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Kitchen Design 2017- What’s Next?

Fashion is a fickle phenomena.  What’s in today quickly morphs into the the next new sensation.  It doesn’t matter if it’s clothes or cabinets.  Granted, interior trends are slower to transition but it works the same way.


Infiore Flower Light
Contemporary styling has taken the design world by storm, white with espresso finishes are popular choices. Photo credit


Lately I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the huge love affair with contemporary design.  The pendulum is deep into the greys, floating shelves, waterfall counters, clean lines, simplicity, slab style cabinet doors or wide stile and rail shaker fronts. Don’t get me wrong, I love it and I think it’s going to be many years before these looks  become “outdated.” If you’ve followed my advice in the past, you know I believe in designing to the structure.  If you follow the styling and architecture of your home when designing your cabinetry your kitchen will never be dated.  Then, of course, you have to have what you LOVE!  That is numero uno.


Rutt Cabinetry, Prairie Series
Could this look be on the horizon?


But what’s next?  As sure as the sun rises the pendulum will eventually swing the other way and when it does it’s going to be in a completely new direction.  I just can’t see us going back to the traditional looks of the past with glazes, heavy molding etc.  Will the pendulum swing back to Traditional territory and what will the new Traditional look like? What’s next on the horizon? “We are all familiar with consumers’ constant desire to see something new, yet they still want, in many cases, to have somewhat of a familiar comfort level,” said  Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman – executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. I think she’s right.  We want fresh and new but we want to feel a connection to qualities we’ve enjoyed in the past. This kitchen by Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry has got me thinking about what a “new Traditional” would look like.



Clean lines continue but now soft elegant detail makes an appearance


Darryl Minch, manufacturer’s rep with the Baronet Group International, Inc., says “I’m seeing less extreme contrasts of color in the kitchen, think softer palettes , white and off -whites used in the same space”.  My own prediction is that we will see a big resurgence of natural wood finishes.  I see hints of this all over.  For quite a while white painted finishes and dark espresso stains have ruled.  Neither shows the beauty of wood grain.  Textured laminates round out the top choices at the moment but how about the real deal?

bamboo cabinets, bookmatched, Brendan Donovan
Book matched bamboo shows the beauty of real natural wood grain. Cabinets by Brendan Donovan Furniture & Cabinet Co.


Take your paneling in a different direction.  If you have an island in your plan, chances are you’re going to need some paneling to tie it all together.  Take the traditional vertical beadboard and turn it for a “new traditional” effect. I’m loving this option for a coastal look as it’s reminiscent of ship lap.  I started to use this design detail in my projects and now I’m seeing it more and more.


shiplap paneling, BrendanDonovan
Horizontal “shiplap” paneling is a fresh new look. Cabinets by Brendan Donovan Furniture & Cabinet Co.


If you’re a design lover or savvy pro I’d love to hear your predictions for kitchen and bath design 2017.



Gloria Graham-Sollecito

Gloria is a kitchen and bath cabinetry designer with AKBD certification from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. She has also served on the Florida Treasure Coast Chapter's Board of Directors as the VP of Communications. Her work has appeared on This Old House as well as in Florida Design Magazine, K+BB Magazine and the Palm Beach Post. She is co-author of The Complete Idiots Guide to Remodeling Your Kitchen, Illustrated, as well as a freelanced writer contributing occasionally to the Sun Sentinel in the area of kitchen design. She is a proud member of the Blanco Design Council and the illustrious Brizo Blogger 19.

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