Trends Report


Bespoke kitchen designers Papilio ( have released a 2017 kitchen trends report, which includes the latest looks for interior design, appliances and food for the coming year. Created in partnership with, Populus, Miele and Slow Food UK, it certainly makes for interesting reading…


From double-glazing to the ubiquitous AGA, here’s what homeowners would like to see in a prospective purchase:

  • Double glazed windows 89%
  • Conservatory 70%
  • State-of-the-art CCTV and alarm system 68%
  • High spec fully fitted ‘chef’s kitchen 66%
  • Luxury spa style bathroom 66%
  • Fully fitted dressing room/walk-in wardrobe 66%
  • Real wood flooring 64%
  • Air conditioning 57%
  • Cinema/media room 51%
  • Original period fireplaces 46%
  • AGA oven 38%
  • Electric remote control blinds 36%



1. Muted tones

Colours mixed with a tint of black or white have slowly been emerging in the kitchen design world for a softer, more sophisticated look. These more subdued tones are much easier to work with and allow brighter accents to stand out. In particular, Papilio saw lots of darker hues of blue in the latter part of 2016, creating a moody atmosphere that looks great with natural wood finishes. With Pantone announcing Greenery as their colour of the year for 2017, we’ll also be seeing more mossy greens, particularly when paired with brass ironmongery.

1) Utility Room

Credit: The Utility Room, Papilio, Photo: Jake Eastern

2. Open shelving

This easy and accessible option allows homeowners to make a statement in the kitchen by adding their own personality with small accessories and deluxe food items placed on top. It’s the perfect chance to add lots of greenery with bright, airy kitchens providing the perfect setting for succulents and hanging ivy.

3. Metals

The use of metallic features was big last year but will continue just as strong for 2017, albeit with a slightly different focus. It’s likely to move away from the popular copper tones towards brass and antiqued brass for worktops, splashbacks and ironmongery. The use of mixed metals will also be popular, moving on from the rose gold trend.

2) Pans

4. Characterful veneers

We’re also likely to see an increase in the use of characterful veneers such as Pippy Elm and Walnut. These add texture and intrigue to the kitchen and can be used for everything from statement walls to unique cabinetry and shelving.

5. Mindfulness and Hygge

Consumers are also thinking more about how their home works to relax, comfort and de-stress them. Kitchens have always been considered as the practical and functional space of the house but this is now changing to allow for more interactivity with dining and moments of calm.

3) The Marble Kitchen

Credit: The Marble Kitchen, Papilio, Photo: Jake Eastern


1. Smart technology

This has seen a steady increase over recent years with increased functionality becoming more important in busy homeowner’s lives. Some of the most sought after kit includes:

  • Lutron Grafik Eye system – a premium energy saving light treatment control
  • Quooker taps
  • Hidden storage solutions
  • Amazon Dash button


4) The Chef's Kitchen

Credit: The Chef’s Kitchen, Papilio, Photo: Simon Plant

5) Hidden Storage

2. AGA cookers

Popular with all ages, many of Papilio’s clients value an AGA as an integral part of creating a family home.

3. Real wood flooring

This will depend on the practical needs of the homeowner but we’re likely to see more statement flooring options coming on to the market for a kitchen with extra personality.


Health, mindfulness and ease remain at the forefront of kitchen design trends for 2017. Neil Pooley, kitchen category manager at Miele, predicts their top appliances for the coming months…

        1. Vacuum drawer for sous vide cooking
        2. Induction hob with Con@ctivity that automatically switches the cooker hood on and off
        3. Downdraft cooker hood for seamless surfaces


    6) Miele Pure Line Vacuum Sealing Drawer

    Credit: Miele PureLine Vacuum Sealing Drawer

    7) Miele TempControl Induction Hob

    Credit: Miele TempControl Induction Hob

    8) Miele Levantar cooker hood

    Credit: Miele Levantar cooker hood


        1. Mexican
        2. Korean
        3. Portuguese

    Trend Report © 2017 Papilio Interiors Ltd

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About Hayley Gilbert

Hayley Gilbert is a freelance interiors journalist with 20 years’ experience in the industry. Specialising in all things kitchens, Hayley has contributed to a wide range of consumer titles such as Beautiful Kitchens, EKBB, KBB, Grand Designs, House Beautiful and Ideal Home, as well as national newspapers including The Sunday Times.... @HaylGilbert /

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