From being a room kept mostly behind the house and only used for practical purposes, the kitchen has truly evolved into becoming one of the central masterpieces in any home. It has become one of the main rooms that people gather in, especially during house parties, and its appearance dramatically contributes to the overall aesthetic of the house. With the inclination of interior design today leaning towards open-floor plans, the way a kitchen looks can also drastically affect other rooms that it is interconnected with.
If you’re looking to update your kitchen this year, you might want to check in with some of the anticipated kitchen design trends for 2018 to give you an idea of what’s in store for kitchens in the coming months and beyond.
Color and material combinations
White cabinets became a thing as people started to prefer the more streamlined look of minimalism highly, and it’ll continue to be a predominant color in the kitchens. However, it’s not the only color that homeowners are now opting for. Gray cabinets are also making headlines, as well as shades of green and olive. Kitchen looks are evolving to a chic and mature vibe, as some homeowners feel that maintaining all-white cabinets are a hassle due to how impossible they are to keep clean.
Two-toned countertops, cabinets, and other fixtures are also all the rage this year, like wood, marble, terrazzo, tiles, and other textures and materials are being combined with flat color to make for exciting and striking combinations. They keep a kitchen from looking too flat or sterile and brings more warmth and life to the room.
Metals and bricks are also finding their space in the kitchen. Interior designer Annie Downing notes that metals add visual interest and creates depth in a kitchen. Additionally, having matte finishes coupled with shiny ones create balance. The key to using metal is to create a coordinated look rather than to make everything match, as it creates more variety and interest. Bricks, on the other hand, are rising in popularity as the rustic but modern farmhouse aesthetic is also regaining interest among many homeowners.
Splashback versus tiles
Tiles have traditionally been the wall installments for kitchens, but in recent years, splashbacks have been rising as the top choice for homeowners when renovating their kitchens. This 2018, they are expected to become even more of a primary choice. They are more preferred nowadays as they have more options and styles to choose from than wall tiles, giving homeowners more creative freedom as to how their kitchens would look.
Tiles, however, are not ready to throw in the towel just yet. Some tile manufacturers now offer personalized tiles for those who still prefer to have them installed on their kitchen walls but are looking for the versatility and uniqueness of splashback. Tiles now also come in a variety of glazes and surfaces, such as glossy, satin, matte, crackled, or metallic.They can have all kinds of designs, from patterned, flat colors, to even watercolor-like designs.
Kitchen decorating has now been about maximizing clean spaces and creating free-flowing imagery, which means that open shelving is dominating design preferences in 2018. Not only do they provide a fresh and airy look for your kitchen, but open shelving also lets your tiles or marble applications to take center stage. They also allow you to utilize the countertop space more productively and get a little bit more creative with how you position things on your shelves.
Open shelving also has a practical function, not just an aesthetic appeal. Most people can’t reach what is on the top shelves anyway, so limiting yourself to drawers and open shelves not only makes your kitchen look bigger and brighter but also positions items in more convenient locations.
Efficient space-saving storage solutions
A significant problem that homeowners have with their kitchens is how many of their fixtures take up unnecessary space that could’ve otherwise been used for more storage, or that their storages are inconvenient for them in the first place. This results in some headache-inducing problems, like finding that their storage is too small for some of the larger things they have, or they are too big that trying to fill in the spaces makes things hard to organize.
A functional and practical kitchen storage should be one of the critical features of a kitchen, and homeowners have realized this. Thus, they are starting to look for more innovative storage solutions to counteract the challenges they’ve faced.
2018 is seen as the year when more and more homeowners will invest in smarter and more efficient storage options. These include “appliance garages” for small appliance, drawer dividers for cutlery and utensils, pull-out drawers for spices, tray dividers, roll-out trays and caddies, etc. Smarter and more space-efficient storages will make it easier to store everything found in the kitchen, from foods and drinks to small and moveable appliances.
Flooring is undergoing changes
Hardwood flooring has been popular in the past years, and it’ll continue to be so this year. However, ceramic tiles are also hot on their heels and are poised to take over the market as the second most popular option for kitchen flooring. While hardwood floors aren’t losing their appeal as the relatively-easy yet aesthetic floor option for kitchens, more and more homeowners are also finding beauty and efficiency with ceramic tiles.
Thanks to recent advancements in technology, it’s become easier to create customized ceramic tiles, which gave way to patterned flooring options. There are a lot more variety of designs, styles, and sizes now available for ceramic tiles. It’s even possible nowadays to get the aesthetics of hardwood floors but the easy maintenance of ceramic by opting for ceramic tiles designed to resemble hardwood. Ceramic tiles with the look and feel of natural stone floors are also available in the market.
These trends are sure to dominate the kitchen interior designing scene this year, but as always, it’s more important that you also incorporate your own sense of style and personal preference. It’s great to know and follow trends from time to time, but nothing beats going with what you truly love.