Hot kitchen trends in 2017

The Hamilton Spectator - - REAL ESTATE -

Ren­o­vat­ing your kitchen can be an in­tim­i­dat­ing project. With so many de­ci­sions to make, renowned de­signer and stylist Tif­fany Pratt shares her trend-for­ward in­sights af­ter team­ing up with The Home De­pot Canada to overhaul her kitchen.

Shake it up with Shaker

Shaker-style cab­i­nets are a go-to cab­i­net style for many de­sign­ers be­cause they of­fer beau­ti­ful tra­di­tional lines that dance within most style gen­res. “Us­ing Thomasville Nou­veau cab­i­nets in off-white meant that I could re­ally do any­thing within my space. Like a blank can­vas, this cab­i­net style up­dates the room while still main­tain­ing ex­ist­ing styles,” ex­plains Pratt.

Mute the colour with 1980s pal­ette

Adding colour doesn't al­ways mean go­ing bold and bright. Mov­ing into the next few sea­sons, colour trends are lean­ing to­ward shades that echo the muted, pale mid-tones of the 80s. In­spired by her deep love for pink, Pratt mod­ern­ized and scaled up the shade by us­ing it in a more grownup and risky way in a dusty rose hue.

In­ject hits of mod­ern

In­stead of break­ing up your back­splash and coun­ter­top into two dif­fer­ent types of ma­te­ri­als, why not use the same ma­te­rial for both? “In kitchen de­sign I re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate crisp, clean lines while still in­ject­ing sparkle, tex­ture and pat­tern,” says Pratt. Give the eye a break by sweep­ing the same ma­te­rial for both the coun­ter­top and back­splash in a Sile­stone or mar­bled quartz, and cre­ate a mod­ern look with tex­ture.

Pratt rec­om­mends an all-or-noth­ing ap­proach when it comes to se­lect­ing met­als. “In the case of my kitchen, I chose to mix. My faucet is brushed gold, while my pulls and light fix­ture have hits of pol­ished nickel. This route was nat­u­ral be­cause I went with all white ap­pli­ances that opened me up to a world of pos­si­bil­i­ties.”

Find­ing your floor as cen­trepe­ice

Look for some­thing with dura­bil­ity, in­ter­est and an abil­ity to hide ev­ery­day dirt. Pratt chose a full pol­ished mar­ble floor be­cause it was un­ex­pected and graphic. “Like a work of art by Escher, my floor is truly the cen­ter­piece of the space and adds a new­ness while still fit­ting into the old bones of my home.” Re­mem­ber that floor- ing can be more than func­tional — it can also be the pat­tern and art in the room that re­ally makes the space come to life.

Con­sider the white ap­pli­ances.

While most peo­ple swoon over stain­less steel and the new black ap­pli­ances, Pratt still loves white. A full spread of white ap­pli­ances dis­ap­pear into the space and don't call too much at­ten­tion in the room. Chic, clean and ef­fort­less, white ap­pli­ances also echo Euro­pean de­sign.

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