What are consumers looking for in 2017?

Breathtaking kitchens with double islands and contrasting colors. Intuitive floor plans and easy-to-care-for options like laminate flooring. Colors that pop like pink, gold and teal. 

The More the Merrier – One splurge that will make a statement in 2017 is the double island. Home buyers will be looking for a central kitchen island for all of their food prep and baking needs, while they will want a second island to connect your living room to the kitchen for eating and entertaining. Why have one when you can have two?  

Kitchen Island

 

Opposites Attract – The perfect complement to the clean five-piece Shaker Glacier White kitchen cabinets that your client just selected is a dark, wide-plank, distressed floor.  Try some rustic stackstone with   metal inserts over the kitchen’s  cooktop to liven up a traditional white subway tile backsplash. Contrasting color, size and texture is a timeless – almost no-fail– way to create some visual stimulation in your space.  

Poised Taupe

 

Poised-Taupe & the Rainbow – Nail polish, high fashion, living rooms, bathrooms … 2017 is all about color. More people will be stepping outside of their comfort zone and selecting dramatic colors that pop. Sherwin Williams recently announced Poised-Taupe SW6039 as their color of the year. It is a beautiful balance of warm and cool with gray and brown undertones - the perfect backdrop for whichever shade of pink, gold, navy or teal you fancy. 

Practical, Not Obscure – Function over luxury will still be a dominate trend in 2017.  Think floor plans with first-floor master bedrooms and living rooms that are open to the kitchen. Home buyers will be looking for easy-to-take-care-of flooring like laminate; they want to spend time enjoying their homes, not maintaining them. 

White Island Leg

 

The Heart of a Home: The Kitchen – When making  color selections with clients, it is best to start with the kitchen cabinets. For many clients, selecting an exciting combination of cabinet and countertop designs can create a springboard, inspiring a style that can be carried out throughout the rest of the home.