Kitchens are the heart and soul of modern homes, but remodeling them can be a huge undertaking. Apart from design and functionality, you want to ensure your kitchen keeps up with modern trends and doesn’t become outdated in a few years. Fortunately, there are plenty of kitchen design trends for 2017 you can DIY with little cost and effort.
1. Neutral Colors
A new color scheme can completely transform a kitchen. Although white has enjoyed the top spot over the years, gray is the go-to color in 2017. Whether it’s changing the hue of the cabinets or the walls, adding a neutral gray tone is a great DIY project that won’t break the bank. For cabinets, consider combining a soft gray with rich stains to showcase the ultimate trend for the new year. Of course, white on black is always trending and provides high contrast for a kitchen that really stands out.
2. Cabinet Hardware
Along with a new coat of paint, updating cabinet hardware is an easy DIY project you can finish in a weekend. Depending on the type of hardware, the only tool you need is a good screwdriver and a little bit of patience. Even better, upgrading hardware can really change the way your cabinets function. Options include hydraulic and easy-closing doors that open with the push of a button. If space is an issue, you can install doors that fold out of the way to conserve the most room.
3. Revitalized Sink
Cabinets aren’t the only item in the kitchen that can use a good makeover. Stainless steel has been the preferred choice in kitchen sinks for years, but that is slowly changing. Modern kitchens boast colorful sinks that can add a dash of vibrant colors against a neutral background. Painting the sink is also a great alternative to replacing the unit. The process of painting the sink varies depending on the surface, but usually requires scouring the surface to promote adhesion.
4. Additional Lighting
Lighting plays an important part in the overall design and function of a kitchen. In today’s world, LEDs offer a plethora of options and functionality without the added cost. From toe kicks to cove and rope lights, you can really get creative about where you place lighting. This includes placing lights under cabinets to illuminate counters or inside cabinet doors to reach places overhead lights don’t always cover. LEDs are also easy to install on your own and last a lot longer than traditional light sources. Further, LEDs will not burn walls or cabinets and can be left on for hours with no trouble.
Updating the fixtures in your kitchen can add a new sense of excitement to the space. For the modern kitchen, automation technology has grown incredibly fast over the past few years. Whether it’s installing a hands-free faucet or purchasing a smart meat thermometer, upgrading your kitchen’s technology can really make life easier. Although some of these automation devices are expensive, they can be installed with little effort and time.
6. Quartz Countertops
When it comes to countertops, more and more homeowners are choosing quartz over granite. Quartz offers a wider range of color striations and is a great option for those looking for more color in the kitchen. This includes a range from beige to tan without the speckled look of granite. Quartz is also more scratch-resistant and durable than its granite counterpart.
7. More Storage
Kitchen storage is a problem for many homeowners. Thankfully, there are DIY upgrades you can install to maximize storage in the smallest of spaces. This includes multi-tiered drawers that provide a second layer of storage over traditional pull-out drawers. Of course, the downsides to upgrading kitchen storage are cost and time.