Maxtop discusses key trends for 2017
As 2017 approaches, our managing director, Stephen Moss, predicts the emerging worktop trends for the year ahead.
Upgrading from laminate worktops to quartz
At Maxtop we have noticed the number of people upgrading from laminate to quartz has risen steadily throughout 2016. This trend looks set to continue in the year ahead as the quality and value of materials becomes an important consideration. Previously quartz was seen as a luxury kitchen surface, perhaps out of the price range of the average household, but the development of composite surfaces is opening the possibility of natural stone as an option for both kitchen and bathroom surfaces. The upgrade from laminate to natural stone can greatly increase the grandeur of the room for a relatively modest price increase.
Industrial design is a style that has grown in recent years, particularly in Scandinavia, and the trend looks set to continue in 2017. Characterised by details such as exposed brick, exposed pipes, rustic metals and minimalist furniture, the trend is inspired by factory spaces. At Maxtop we have a Warm Grey finish that matches with rustic themes and is an ideal option for those seeking the stripped-back, industrial look in their kitchen.
Having clutter-free worktops is an emerging interior design trend. It can open up the space of a kitchen and allows the home cook to calmly prepare their food at a clear surface. The options for cabinetry are developing to enable this layout, carrying various compartments and shelves for everything from seasoning and oils to paper towels and tea bags. Clear worktops can also create the illusion of a larger kitchen space, so for consumers with a smaller kitchen environment it’s well worth considering having a tidy-up!
Next year we’re anticipating a rise in popularity of grey, black and white tones in the kitchen. These colours can work to varying degrees, whether it’s entire cabinets, worktops or appliances, or subtle hues coming through in various details and accents such as kitchen accessories. While black and white have always been popular finishes, 2016 has seen demand for grey products surge and we expect that demand for grey surfaces of all shades, to be a key trend for 2017.
To cater for this demand, we offer Maxtop Quartz in Anthracite, Black Onyx Sparkle, Diamond White Sparkle and Warm Grey finishes. These tones can work in either a traditional or modern kitchen environment and provide a stylish, memorable environment throughout the year.