Remodeling Your Kitchen: 9 Kitchen Trends to Look for in 2017

Posted by Laine Smith on 10/22/16 10:00 AM

Topics: Home Renovations Home Design Home Decor Home Value

Looking into remodeling or renovating your kitchen in the near future? According to Remodeling magazine's 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, minor kitchen remodels boast a cost recoup of 83 percent. If you're looking for some renovation inspiration, check out our list of kitchen trends for the new year.

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Slim Tile

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Subway tile has been trending for years, but you can expect to see some variation in backplashes in 2017. Finger tile, also known as kit-kat tile, is a sleek alternative that looks great in a horizontal or vertical orientation.

Colored Appliances

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No, not retro pink. Several appliance manufacturers have introduced matte color lines, like black and graphite, that allow homeowners to create a streamlined look between their cabinetry and appliances.

Shiplap

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Shiplap is everywhere in home design, and in 2017, you can expect to see more of it in kitchens. As backsplashes, entire walls, kitchen islands and ceilings, shiplap is an extremely versatile and relatively low-cost design element. See how to use shiplap in your home design here.

Waterfall Edge Countertops

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This style turns kitchen islands and counters into striking pieces of art.

Induction Cooktops

Another appliance trend includes cooktops like none other. Induction cooking has superb performance (boiling a quart of water in just 101 seconds), is easy to clean and energy and safety efficient. Induction cooktops only heat the pan in contact with the “burner”, which is a great feature for households with children.

Docking/Charging Stations

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Built-in kitchen workstations were a huge “do” in the 90’s. Many current homeowners already have a home office space or would rather designate more room for counter space. This is where docking drawers come in; a spot specifically for charging your phone, iPad, etc. while keeping it from cluttering your counter.

Beverage Stations

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Coffee, wine, what have you – beverage stations are emerging as a popular kitchen trend for homeowners who love to entertain.

Tuxedo Cabinetry

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Love black kitchens? Love white kitchens? This trend allows you to combine them in timeless fashion. Simply leave your upper cabinets a lighter color and your bottom cabinets a darker color, which doesn’t necessarily need to be black.

Budget Flooring

Vinyl flooring continues to be a trend for the budget-conscious homeowner, and to be honest, most of the time you can’t tell the difference between vinyl planks and real hardwood floors. Between $1 and $4 per square foot versus $3 to $10 per square foot for hardwood, vinyl makes a great pick and installation is usually a relatively easy DIY task.

If you’re thinking of taking on a major kitchen renovation in 2017, download our free Rehab & Construction Guide to learn more about mortgage options that allow you to roll the costs of your improvements into your loan.

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