2017 Kitchen and Bath Home Design Trends in the Twin Cities

We can hardly believe that 2016 is coming to an end! It has been a fantastic year here at CKB and we are excited for what 2017 might bring. The designers have been reflecting on the projects they have completed this year and each wanted to bring you the top 5 kitchen & bath trends they see emerging and staying for 2017.

Chelsey Forecasts these Interior Trends:

Mid-century Modern – “This trend has been emerging in 2016 and I think companies like West Elm and Room & Board keep it going strong. Geometric tiles, medium wood hues and vibrant pops of color accompany this trend.”

“Brushed gold, copper and rose-gold are just a few metallics that are increasingly gaining popularity. Brushed gold is a personal favorite as it adds so much warmth to a space.”

Quartz tops with subtle patterns, 2cm, some in matte finishes. “I’d say 90% of the tops we’ve done this year have been engineered quartz. It’s a low maintenance material and the majority of the designs are timeless.”

kornak-after-2“Though white has been going strong and will always be timeless, I think designers and clients want something different. This is why I see warm wood tones and creams on the radar. (Don’t worry; I don’t see Golden Oak making its way back!)”

Plants and pops of green – “Plants and greenery will continue to be incorporated into the home, especially with the Pantone color of the year representing nature.”

Carol Forecasts these Kitchen Trends:

Wood-look Porcelain tile – “The warm look of wood is always a popular choice in Minnesota. I’m seeing porcelain tile in wood patterns used in areas where real wood is not desirable such as baths and lower levels. It works especially well when installing heated floors. In bathrooms, it pairs beautifully with cream and white plumbing fixtures.”

Quiet Back splashes – “I’m seeing much simpler patterns in back splashes. I’m using a larger format tile (4 x 12 for example) in one color in either tile or stone. Occasionally the pattern will change behind the cook-top in a more traditional kitchen. More people want the splash to be a back drop not a focal point.”

henthorne-1Simple / Modern Style – “Mid-Century Modern is a strong trend that is influencing all design. Even in traditional rooms people want less ornamentation and cleaner lines. 10% of remodels used to be modern while 90% were traditional. Today I would say half of my projects lean to modern or have modern elements in them.”

“White kitchens will never go out of style. I’ve been hearing for a while now that all you see are white kitchens. For those who want something a little different, creamy white is a good choice. It also pairs beautifully with light toned woods.”

Gold accents – “This is not the bright brass of the 90’s. This gold is softer in matte and brushed finishes. I’m seeing more and more gold options in hardware and plumbing fixtures. And don’t feel everything has to match. It’s perfectly acceptable to have one or two accents in gold. It’s nice to see a little warmth added to the grey palette that has been so popular in recent years.”

Mary Forecasts these Bathroom Trends:

Hand-held shower heads make tasks including rinsing while showering and cleaning your shower much easier. These shower heads aren’t only great for showering children or the elderly, but they are wonderful for bathing your pets as well. A handheld shower head can be used as either a detachable shower head or a mounted shower head.”

Safety in the Bathroom – “Clients shouldn’t have to choose between safety and beauty when designing their bathroom. There are many new bathroom accessories that blend style and safety for peace of mind that doesn’t sacrifice design.”

lucius-bathroom-after-2“Benefits to adding a bench seat in a shower include a place to sit and relax while showering, a place to set toiletries and can be a safety feature if standing while showering is difficult.”

“More clients are interested in adding a steam shower for the health benefits. It cleans and moisturizes your skin, improves circulation, opens up sinuses for easier breathing and helps relieve stress.”

Radiant Floor Heating Systems – “These provide warmth that gently rises upwards from the floor, making it a very comfortable surface to walk on, especially on cold winter days.”

Barb Forecasts these Home Trends:

“Our clients lifestyle change drives many of our remodeling projects. An empty nest, retirement, caring for parent or two in their home are just a few. They want to either stay in their current home or downsize but not sacrifice quality and comfort.”

“We are more often incorporating pet accessories into our remodeling projects to simplify duties in caring for them. These include built-in kennels, pull out bins for food storage, dog dish drawers, and not to forget our beloved cats with a built in kitty litter cubby.”


Gray continues to be a strong neutral color in wood stains, paint color, metals, and accents.”

Two-tone finishes continue to be  popular, with most of them mixing wood grains with solid colors in either a paint or laminate for cabinetry. Bold with subtle patterns for counter-top materials.”

“Large 12” x 24” sized tile has a commanding presence in the bathrooms for floors and shower surrounds. Home owners are attracted to the simplicity of less grout lines.”

So there you have it – the trends we personally see for 2017! We hope to have inspired you for that remodel or new home that you’ve been dreaming of ! Happy Holidays from all of us at Crystal Kitchen + Bath! ❄