My top 5 trends from 2017

The silly season is upon us and as we bolt towards the New Year it is nice to look back on what has featured in 2017 and what will most likely continue in 2018.

Black is the New Black

As Henry Ford once said “You can have any colour so long as it’s black”; 2017 was all over this saying. Black is back and I have no doubt this is a trend we will continue to see in 2018.

Stunning black on black statement kitchens; black teamed with the warmth of timber; black with brass for a touch of glamour; throw in a slab of marble for good measure and this my friends is 2017 served up on a plate.

Bursts of Colours

Colour is back in vogue.  White on White kitchens are still popular and most likely will continue to feature for years to come, but 2017 was certainly the year that we saw colour pop back into people’s moodboards.

Matte Everything

Matte finishing’s were big in 2017; Suede benchtops and satin handles, but the hero of the Matte revolution was Matte cabinetry.

Acrymatte® Eclipse (Black) by Sage Doors was our product of the year, with every other customer opting for this stunning finish on their cabinetry. 

Acrymatte® features a super smooth surface with advanced scratch resistance for higher durability.  It’s luscious and luxurious and we look forward to spec’ing it again in the New Year.

Slim Tops

Benchtops must’ve hit the gym in 2017 because they have slimmed up and are looking sleeker than ever.

It was out with the 30mm/40mm and in with 20mm thick benchtops.   This clean, minimal look is very on trend and is especially popular with modern and contemporary kitchen styles.

Bye Bye Tiles

Tiles have been by far the most popular choice for splashbacks in recent times and although still a go to for many, in 2017 we have seen other finishing’s giving tiles a run for their money.

Glass and mirrors are popular once more.  A fresh release of exciting colours and textures plus Smokey Mirror and Bronzed Mirror provide a sleek, stylish options to consider.

And if our customer didn’t do glass in 2017, it’s likely that their splashback was a continuation of their stone top.  I love this look, not only it is highly functional and easy to clean but it looks amazing.


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