Attention, minimalists! If the kitchen of your dreams contains the essentials, only the essentials, and nothing more, this may be the trend for you. Usually, homeowners try to make the most of every inch by lining the entire kitchen with cabinetry. That makes sense if you have a house full of people, but as Maykut points out, "not everyone needs all that storage" and "not everyone likes the look of wall-to-wall cabinetry." Under the circumstances, particularly in smaller kitchens, Maykut predicts that 2017 will find more homeowners "striking a compromise" between functionality and aesthetics by installing open shelving in place of wall-mounted cabinet uppers.