If your New Year's resolution was to give your kitchen a bit of a make-over, and you're looking for some inspiration, you've come to the right place. We've had a look at the colours, styles and design features that we'll be seeing in kitchens over the coming year, so read on for some ideas on how to update and refresh the most important room in your home.
Grey has been popular for the last two or three years, and there's no sign of this changing in 2017. The great thing about grey is its versatility - there's a shade for every kitchen. From fresh Light Grey to deep, dark Graphite, it's hard to go wrong. Lighter shades work well with accessories in blues and greens, whereas darker greys make warmer colours like pink, red and yellow really stand out.
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2. High-tech kitchens
Like phones and TVs, kitchens are getting smart this year. From kettles that can be boiled remotely via an app and coffee machines that will have your morning espresso ready and waiting, to fridges that make your shopping list for you, 2017 looks set to be the year of the smart appliance. Treat yourself to a new gadget and pair it with High Gloss doors for a futuristic look.
3. Kitchen islands
Again, this is a feature that has been popular for a few years now, but previously, islands have been reserved for spacious kitchens. It is possible to fit an island into a smaller room - it just requires a bit of creative thinking. An island unit with integrated storage means you get extra space for food prep, as well an other home for your pots and pans. Consider fitting dark-coloured doors on a central island and pale doors on your wall units for an eye-catching contrast.
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Copper accents are a great way to add a little warmth to a monochrome or grey kitchen. Copper is also a great alternative to the usual chrome and stainless steel fixtures and fittings. If you don't want to invest in copper taps or light fittings (for example), a copper kettle or some pans will add a splash of colour to the room.
The official colour of the year - according to colour experts Pantone - is a fresh, slightly yellow green. Lighter than grass green, softer than lime green, it would make a great colour for the kitchen. Pair darker-toned doors like Anthracite with areas of green paint for a bold, striking look. Or consider our Sage Green doors to give the room an airy, spring-like feel.
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6. The industrial look
This look is all about letting raw materials shine - exposed brick and concrete, brushed-steel appliances and unpainted wood. As well as being incredibly stylish, the industrial look has the advantage of being practical; with open shelving and hard-wearing materials, you'll have everything on hand, so you can simply grab your pans and cook up a storm. Our range of woodgrain doors will help you bring a little of that natural, pared-down style into your kitchen.
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7. Handleless doors
They're perfect for modern, minimalist kitchens, they're easy to keep clean and they allow the colour and design of your chosen door to take centre-stage. They suit every size of kitchen too - the uncluttered look makes compact kitchens seem bigger, and really helps to maximise the space in larger rooms. Have a look at our range of handleless kitchen doors and see if there's a look you love.
8. Soft-closing doors and drawers
Noiseless doors are a must for the modern kitchen, and once you've got soft-closing doors, you won't want to go back to loud slams and trapped fingers. We've got soft-closing door hinges and drawers available, so your new kitchen doors will swing into place with a whisper, not a bang.