Designers and decorators share they favourite kitchen trends for 2017.
For many of us, the kitchen is the hub of the home. It’s where the family convenes every night for dinner. It’s where homework is done and family meetings are had. And it’s where guests gather even though the dining room table is set and a fire is roaring in the living room. There’s something about the kitchen that makes it far more than merely a utilitarian space. If you’re thinking about updating your kitchen this year, check out these hot trends, as identified by designers.
Photography: Michael Nangreaves
1 "Mixing metals is my favourite kitchen design trend for 2017. I think it reflects a more individual, less formal approach to design that is popular with millennials and non-millennials alike. While it takes a bit of an expert eye, it is totally appropriate to mix metal finishes in your faucet, cabinet pulls, chair legs and pendants!" - Designer, Lisa Canning.
Credit: Stacey Cohen
3 "One top kitchen design trend I love is to have sections of the upper cabinet extended onto the counter. Let's face it, we all love our small appliances (i.e. toaster oven, espresso machine) but we may not want them on display all the time. A multi-purpose kitchen island has been the go-to solution to disguise the microwave and dishwasher, but unless the island is 10 feet long, it is challenging and perhaps impractical for the island to house the small appliances we use daily off the counter. By having the upper cabinets extended to the counter and small appliances sitting behind doors, you can achieve a sleek design statement without sacrificing your morning coffee!" - Blogger and Decorator, Tim Lam.
: Donna Griffith
4 "In 2017, we will continue to see cabinetry painted white and various shades of grey. I think that we will also see cabinetry painted warmer tones such as greige (grey & beige), taupe and mushroom. Islands in a different colour or stain than the perimeter cabinetry will continue to be prevalent. In addition, handcrafted islands that look like furniture with legs will be popular for that unfitted kitchen look. It also adds personality and charm and the kitchen then looks like it has evolved over time. Quartz as a counter will continue to be popular as consumers become aware of its benefits." - Interior Designer, Vanessa Francis.
Photography: Monic Richard
5 "After years of white on white kitchens, our clients are asking for something different again. While you might not want to paint an entire kitchen in one colour to stand out from the crowd, the tendency in 2017 will be to mix natural wood, paint and metals in the kitchen. Try framing the range hood and the island in chrome to add sparkle to the space. Add texture to your cabinetry with a mix of light wood veneered lowers and white lacquered uppers." - Interior Designer, Tara Fingold.
Photography: Donna Griffith
6 "Say hello to dark metals in the kitchen. Polished chrome and nickel accents are giving way to black faucets, burnished steel pendants and matte black cabinetry handles. The dark finishes can work in sleek modern kitchens or the most cottagey of cooking spaces. With white kitchens continuing to dominate, a dash of black can provide high contrast and instantly update tired cabinetry." - Blogger and Designer, Jennifer Flores.
7 "Terra Cotta is back! But it's not the tangy orange clay you're used to. In 2017, Reclaimed Rose Terra Cotta will be hitting it big. Following the trend of reclaimed wood, the rich creams and pale pinks of this antique terra cotta tile will be the next phase in the modern farmhouse kitchen. Look for hexagon or herringbone for a modern take on this old classic. Pairing over-sized pendants and industrial decor with reclaimed terra cotta will help keep the space current." - Designer, Andrea Haraldsen.
A fresh seaside-chic lake house
This cozy lake house in Port Carling, Ont., boasts a fresh seaside-chic vibe while paying homage to old-school Muskoka.
Nestled on the south shore of Lake Rosseau in Port Carlin, Ont., this 6,800-square-foot six-bedroom house is decorated the way one would dress when visiting: in a crisp Polo Ralph Lauren Oxford shirt and comfortable, well-worn chinos paired with Sperry Top-Siders. It's a timeless look that's coastal, casual and effortlessly chic with a neutral palette at its core.
"The homeowners wanted to capture that warm, windswept lake house aesthetic but with a relaxed, cozy Muskoka feel for their young family of four," says Cory DeFrancisco of Mukoka Living Interiors, who designed and built the home from scratch, finishing in 2013.
Like a friendly smile and a firm handshake, the entryway makes a confident and inviting introduction to the home.
"A lot of old cottages have those tunnelling hallways in their guest cottage or service quarters, and this beadboard wall treatment references that," says builder and designer Cory DeFrancisco.
This small boathouse sunroom is literally right on Ontario's Lake Rosseau: On windy days, you can feel waves crashing up through the floorboards.
"We took up 90 percent of the wall with windows," says Cory of the gorgeous great room, where the ceiling's oak beams guide your eye directly to the view. "The overstuffed sofas are insanely comfortable," he adds. "They're slipcovered in high-quality Belgian linen that gets softer with each wash.
Though the spacious kitchen is crisp, white and polished, simple details, such as the grain of the reclaimed-oak floors and the texture of the brush strokes on the hand-painted cabinetry, keep it humble and homey. "It's a new take on a traditional cottage kitchen, with all the modern amenities," says Cory.
A big weathered farmhouse table paired with slipcovered seating and sophisticated lighting that doesn't block the view equals a dining room with easy elegance. But the best feature of this space is that, with the doors open, you really feel like you're eating alfresco.
Even though this home is grand, the family who lives here wanted an overall feeling of togetherness, so Cory kept it largely open concept.
The west-facing Muskoka room, with wall-to-wall windows, is so bright that it can pull off the charcoal walls. "The darkness acts as an anchor, while the light that shines in highlights the furnishings," explains Cory. The modular sectional is meant for the outdoors (so go ahead, get it wet) and can be reconfigured when company comes to create multiple sitting areas.
The whole master bedroom is very generous, but its sleeping area is quite small. In it, you'll find only an upholstered bed, two small side tables and a 180-degree view of the water.
The large window behidn the free-standing bathtub overlooks a garden and granite. "It's hard to make boulders sound nice," says Cory with a laugh, "but it's a beautiful view."
"All of those elements are, I think, what makes it feel authentic to Muskoka. There's nothing ornate in the whole place," says Cory. And just 35 feet away, in the boathouse, the look is much the same. The palette is almost all white and the dress code is bathing suits - after all, the lake's right there. Take one step out the door, and jump right in. The water's perfect.
Balancing modern and traditional aesthetics in a stylish family home
A Toronto couple proves that a mostly white interior can be both stylish and family friendly, while also suiting modern and traditional aesthetics.
For a busy family with three young children, living in a mostly white interior may seem more like a pipe dream than a practical reality. But not for this Toronto couple. When the homeowners built their 2,400-square-foot Georgian-style house two years ago, creating something kid-friendly was a huge priority. And, for the wife, that never meant compromising her love of white. “White makes me feel good. Everything’s so bright; everything’s vibrant,” she says.
Five years ago, when the couple had their second child, they figured it was time to move somewhere that better accommodated their growing family. “We were specifically looking for something we could tear down,” says one of the homeowners. What they found was a bungalow with a private drive and a good-sized lot in a historic east-end Toronto neighbourhood.
2,400-square-foot Georgian-style house.
Built-in cabinets and shelving in the family room offer a spot to tuck away toys, electronics and firewood, and display artwork and accessories. A collection of Andy Warhol-inspired Campbell’s soup cans and a beach photograph provide pops of colour.
In the family room, elements like the hide sling chair, patterned toss cushions and sculptural coffee table lend interest and warmth. The couple created a large kid-friendly (not to mention durable and easy to clean) rug out of carpet tiles.
The interior’s sophisticated look – modern furnishings, contrasting black elements, playful accessories and hits of colour all set against a white background – was partly inspired by the Paris apartments of today.
Open to the kitchen, the family room leads to an outdoor deck through stunning black-framed glass doors. “I think those are the showstoppers,” says one of the homeowners. “From the beginning, we had that vision, and we wanted the black to really play off the white walls.”
In the dining room, wainscotting and herringbone floors are juxtaposed with a clean-lined marble and clear-lacquered raw steel table surrounded by iconic Mid-Century Modern Eames chairs. The white linen drum pendant lights, lined in a brass colour, add drama.
The all-white kitchen features Shaker-style cabinetry, stainless steel appliances, ceramic subway tiles, a custom range hood and brass touches. The couple loves the look of marble, but chose low-maintenance engineered quartz countertops instead.
When the homeowners built their 2,400-square-foot Georgian-style house two years ago, creating something kid-friendly was a huge priority. And, for the wife, that never meant compromising her love of white. “White makes me feel good. Everything’s so bright; everything’s vibrant,” she says.
Overall style: White + more white = casual sophistication. Favourite feature: The custom-made range hood. After a tedious search for a white model, the couple asked the cabinetmaker to craft one to match the cabinetry. Biggest challenge: Fitting everything they wanted into the maximum square footage they could build. Most budget-friendly purchase: The brass knobs that needed to match the more expensive pulls. "A colleague helped me find them, and they wer only $7 a pop," says one of the homeowners. 1 Remy bar stool in Matte White, Restoration Hardware, $199. 2 Oxford White CC-30 paint, Benjamin Moore.
Image: Chris Court, William Meppem / Styling: Justine Poole
Calling all PB&C (peanut butter and chocolate, naturally) lovers: This three-layer treat is the dessert of your dreams.
1 Lightly grease a 9" x 13" rimmed baking sheet and line with parchment paper. Place the almonds in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add the coconut, dates and oil and process until well combined. Press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared sheet and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.
2 To make the peanut butter filling, place the peanut butter, dates and rice malt syrup in a food processor and process until smooth. Spread over the base and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
3 To make the cacao topping, place the cacao powder, coconut oil and rice malt syrup in a heat-proof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until smooth. Remove from the heat and spoon over the peanut butter filling. Refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours or until set. Remove from the baking sheet and slice to serve. Store the slices in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Prep & cook time: 6 hours
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Excerpted from Life in Balance by Donna Hay. Recipes Copyright © 2016 Donna Hay, Photography copyright © 2016 Chris Court & William Meppem. Excerpted by permission of Harper Collins Publishers. All rights reserved.