Modern Living: Kitchen & Bath Ideas for 2017

Looking for ideas to update your kitchen or bath space? Here’s a sneak preview of the modern looks and new innovations you’ll be seeing in the coming year.

Photos courtesy Kitchen & Bath Industry Show


From high-efficiency and environmentally friendly products to streamlined storage solutions and retro-inspired appliances, some of the latest and greatest innovations in the kitchen, bath and home-building profession will be showcased at the first-ever upcoming 2017 Design & Construction Week.

“I don’t think there’s another industry show ahead of us [in 2017],” says Beth Meiklejohn, who handles media relations for the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.

Making its debut Jan. 10-12 in Orlando, Fla., Design & Construction Week is a partnership of the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Kitchen & Bath Industry Show and the National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show. It will draw more than 80,000 people in the design and construction industry from around the world.

“It’s everyone from designers to custom home builders to people who are really focused in the kitchen and bath industry,” Meiklejohn says.

The Trends
In its 2016 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report, the NKBA reported some of the biggest home fashions for the year were grey and white/off-white kitchen color schemes, with mixed colors on the rise. NKBA members reported pairing creamy whites with charcoal and other light/dark combinations. Customers also requested simplified storage — think pullouts, tilt-ups, rollouts and hidden outlets — in both kitchens and bathrooms.

Another recent trend is the emergence of pet spaces in the kitchen. These dog- and cat-friendly additions include built-in feeding stations, food storage and crates.

As for bathrooms, NKBA style spotters noted a greater acceptance of aging-in-place amenities, including no-threshold showers and chair-height toilets. Other trends include open shelving and floating vanities, as well as “hidden” electrical outlets for blow dryers. Hot this year for master bathrooms are freestanding tubs. Built-in seats and benches for the shower also are growing in popularity.

So what will be en vogue for your kitchen or bathroom in the coming year? Here are some of the innovative products that companies will be showcasing at the 2017 show. 

Up Next: Kitchens


Transitional style and clean lines are popular in the kitchen. Here, modern styling and hands-free technology combine with Moen’s sleek MotionSense pull-down kitchen faucet.

Another kitchen trend noted by the NKBA: built-in coffee stations and wet bars, as well as built-in wine refrigerators. The redesigned Wine Captain Models from U-Line — which specializes in undercounter ice-making, refrigeration and wine-preservation products — feature advanced temperature management systems to best accommodate your choice of vino.

 For cooking appliances, gas cooktop ranges and double wall ovens are all the rage.

Farmhouse sinks are in high demand right now. The new IKON apron front sink from Blanco features an on-trend color selection, plus extreme durability.

Technology continues to evolve in the kitchen and bath industry. Brizo’s new articulating faucet, which can be easily docked and undocked, makes dishwashing high tech.

According to the NKBA, the look of wood flooring — be it actual wood or wood-look ceramic tile — dominates in the kitchen. If you’re trying to obtain that rustic chic look, Stikwood makes it easy. In 2012, the company introduced peel-and-stick wall planking and wall art. Made from reclaimed and sustainable wood planking, the product is simple for DIYers to apply, and it’s cost-effective.

ATI Decorative Laminates is introducing life-sized murals — perfect for large residential or commercial spaces — to its FusionTech product line, in which images and colors are embedded into wall surfaces. While the company has created murals by request, it now is offering a stocked mural program open to all customers. Included in the new product lineup are large-scale graphics and rough-hewn metal.

According to NKBA’s trend report, sleek appearances and increased functionality are incredibly popular in kitchens. 

Up Next: Bathrooms


 With its angular subway tiles, Dunes — part of the new “Profiles” series of natural-cut stone from Island Stone — looks modern yet timeless in the bathroom.

 The Neorest vessel lavatory from TOTO boasts sophisticated, simple lines. 

Neutrals rule in the bathroom, according to the NKBA. Inspired by the natural world, the new “Crystal Color” line of shower wall kits and custom vanity tops by Swan complement a range of bath styles without seeming static. The neutral-based colors include crystal white, ivory glass, crystal cream, caramel glass, grey glass and crystal black.

These days, tubs — such as the elegant bath from Clarke Architectural — in master bathrooms are most likely to be freestanding. 

 Transitional design, a mix of traditional and contemporary, is pulling ahead of contemporary as the most sought-after design style in the bathroom.  

 Polished chrome continues to be the most popular faucet finish.

NKBA notes trough sinks for bathrooms are an emerging trend. The Copper Trough Collection sink by Native Trails is handmade by coppersmiths residing in a small Mexican village.

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