At HoM, we love to keep on top of the latest trends in tiling, as well as, interior design colours and trends.  We know how important it is to co-ordinate the look of a kitchen or bathroom with the rest of your house. 

Cue the Ideal Home design trends for 2017  for the latest looks and designs in all things interior design....we hope you get as excited about them as we do! xx

Trend #1 Industrial Texture

Industrial style is all about simple and practical cooking, a simple utilitarian look that is chic.  Inspired by Urban lofts, warehouse conversions, city factories and city living. Exposed steel beams, brick feature walls, and reclaimed lighting. Use different textures of materials to create an impact along with using features such as brick walls, and extractor ducts.

Image Credit: from https://www.neptune.com/kitchens/

Key elements

  • Material mash up – combine natural materials that have patina and texture such as wood vs marble, glossy cabinets vs distressed timbers, and concreate surfaces. Include elements of pipework for a factory style feel.
  • Metal – Metal is a key element of the industrial look includes steel worktops and units, pipework and beams. Use metallic accessories through out and stainless steel appliances.
  • Lighting – lighting is key, use reclaiming lighting with metal or opaque glass/shades. Embrace the tarnishes and chipped parts. Use lighting as a feature such as hanging low over an island unit or dining table.
  • Funky Features – If you have features available utilise them such as your extractor duct, steel joists, bare brick walls, stonework and wooden floors.  Expose these features to embrace the industrial look. 

1 - £120 John Lewis   |         2 -£95, John Lewis Bolu Pendant Shade, Copper |  3 - £ 279, John Lewis Calia Bar Table  |  4 - £25 Marks and Spencer – Petal Wall Clock 

Key Colours 

Look for brushed copper and golds, paired with a graphite palate. Shades of grey and bronze. Also include natural colours like whites and ivories for a softer touch. 

HoM Picks....to match the #Trend

Driftwood, Copper Rust, Metallix and Adelaide..  Click on the names to link to the mosaic on our website.


Trend #2 Modern Classic

The Shaker kitchen never goes out of fashion, it is a classic! You can use the shaker kitchen as a solid base and team with country style accessories or high tech gadgets. The popularity of these kitchens means there is a style that suits everyone’s budget. Shaker units can look at home almost anywhere, you can choose between hand- made work or a similar budget version. Simple lines paired with sleek, built in appliances, contemporary furnishings give a fresh and clean feel to this trend. 

Key elements

  • Appliances – Use a range cooker as a key focal point, if you use a bright contrasting colour to add warmth. Having the cooker as the focal point in the kitchen will make it the heart of the room once again.
  • Wood- Using wood on your accessories is a modern classic update. Have timber on your breakfast bar, chairs, stools and dining tables. Use a wood like timber of these and use as part of a feature to draw attention to the accessories. You can also include timber wood a chopping board or prepping station.
  • Flooring – Hard - wearing floor is the perfect base for your shaker kitchen. The flooring will need to be light to create a spacious area. Large porcelain titles will help create your prefect base.
  • Storage – storage is a key element for this type of kitchen and factor in extra storage in a large family kitchen with extra cupboards built into the island, or bench set. A built in larder is a streamlined way to ensure extra storage is utilised. 

1 £19.99 H&M – Large wooden box |    2.  £32 Debenhams - Jones Cream tradition wall clock |    3.  £198 Debhams – Oak effect ‘Malmo’ table and 2 bar stools  |  4.  £6 House of Fraser – Gray & Willow Ede Mini Putty Bud Vase Range 

Key Colours 

Team soft blues, greys and stone colours, incorporate a pop of colour where possible. Use colours that are fresh by day, warm and welcoming by night such as greens and reds. 

HoM Picks....to match the #Trend

We love these classics with a modern twist:

Milo Square, Greenwich and Emperador Mix.. Click on the names to link to the mosaic on our website.


Trend #3 Pattern & Colour

Add some personality into your kitchen with vibrant colours that will make a statement. All kitchen companies have taken on the opportunity for us to add personality into your homes, by offering a large variety of cabinets in a huge array of colours, textures and patterns.  Blues and greys are available in almost any design, but now companies and turning to the dark side of blue and graphite grey. 

Image Credit:  (https://www.diy.com/rooms/kitchen/fitted-kitchens/it-marletti-white-gloss-with-integrated-handle/cat710029.cat?icamp=kt_fk_marletti_white

Key Elements

  • Right finish – All of the latest ranges are available with a high gloss finish with the choice to add a vibrant colour for impact. If you have a small space then gloss is perfect as it bounces light around the room to create a spacious feeling.
  • Surfaces – Surfaces are where you can play around and have fun with, chose wall titles with bright colours to create an element of fun.  Work surfaces with bold patterns and a big trend right now and these include hardwearing surfaces. If you want to play safe then keep your units plain and add some colour elsewhere. 

1.       £150 John Lewis – Led Bar Stool Red  |  2. £10 Marks & Spencer Cotton Rib Cushion 

Key Colours 

Mix your colours with a soft white, blue or grey contrasted with eye popping strong colours, like red, indigo or navy. 

HoM Picks....to match the #Trend

Casablanca, Ibiza, Denver and Cherry... Click on the names to link to the mosaic on our website.


Trend #4 Sleek & Chic

The sleek & chic, glossy, streamlined look is a perfect choice for a modern apartment or a period home.  The latest high-gloss laminate and solid cabinets are a fuss free option for your kitchen.

Perfect for those who want a stream lined, sophisticated look, and packed with innovations to help you manage your kitchen space.  You can chose between high-gloss and matt-gloss, with minimal handles for a final contemporary touch. 

Image Credit: https://www.howdens.com

Key Elements

  • Perfect finish:  high – gloss finishes are really popular but also look out for the up and coming matt laminate look, which now come in a range of metallic shades adding bling to your kitchen.  To keep in time with the sleek look, most cabinets now have pull recesses or push-open mechanisms.  If you are on a budget laminates are inexpensive, if money is not an issue durable lacquer or a solid surface will look sophisticated.
  • Mix classic & cool: If you do not want to a all gloss look, you can mix with a modern edge by incorporating shaker units with bar handles and built in appliances and white worktops for the final touch.
  • No more kitchen clutter: For the sleek & chic look it is essential to have clear surfaces, opt for built in dishwashers and fridges or floor to celling cupboards. Plan for plenty of storage with deep drawers and hanging rails for your utensils. Tambour units with rolling doors to keep worktop appliances like your kettle and toaster out of sight.
  • Get your gadgets: Incorporate the latest streamlined tech appliances, creates a sleek look – search for boiling water taps, pop up extractors and Wi-Fi connected appliances. Look out for induction cooking plates and frameless hobs.

Key Colours 

Cool white to create light and mix with rich timber tones, bright popping colours for accessories or fabrics and metallic colours for the sleek illusion.

HoM Picks....to match the #Trend

Carrera Brick, Grey Brick, Tembisa  Click on the names to link to the mosaic on our website.


Trend #5 Wood Accents

A classic kitchen wanted by many families that is durable and beautiful, with materials that will stand the rigour of family life, updated with new, richer tones and unusual grains. 

Image Credit; https://www.howdens.com/kitchen-collection/kitchen-families/burford-grained/burford-grained-light-oak/

Key Elements

  • Pick your timber: paler woods have recently become a trend in kitchens such as beech, however there has been a new way of the darker timbers such as wenge, walnut and the newest trend is the rough, natural, raw wood in washed out tones. Oak is still the classic and is popular when choosing this kitchen trend; you can also have oak treated with lighter finishes.
  • To Faux or not to Faux?  If you are on a budget no need to worry as recent improvements with manufacturers means the latest faux – timber for kitchens have a more realistic look within a reasonable budget.
  • Mix and match: In large kitchen all wood can make the space look small and dark, where possible break the trend with a contrasting material. It is also worth resisting the wooden surface tops and timber units. Opt for a sleek surface material where possible and metal handles.
  • Group your gains carefully: Different colours and styles of wood do not always go well together. Therefore consider the wood furniture you already have that you do not want to replace, go for similar colour or wood type. 

Key Colours 

Steel, adding metallic colour to the kitchen accessories will help set this trend. Black, white and grey to help set the tone depending on the choice of wood. 

HoM Picks....to match the #Trend

Mekong, Driftwood, Laos, Calgary.. Click on the names to link to the mosaic on our website.

We hope you love these #Trends as much as we do!! Love Team HoM xx