Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2018
Is remodeling your kitchen one of your top New Year’s resolutions for 2018? Or are you just tired of honey oak cabinets and worn laminate countertops that look like they were made in the 60’s? Does your kitchen feel crowded and barely useable? This year’s trends will brighten up your kitchen, open up the room, and provide more functional and efficient space for you and your family to enjoy. Check out the top 10 kitchen remodeling trends of 2018:
White is Here to Stay
From cabinetry to countertops, white isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But you can change up the way you integrate this classic color choice into your kitchen. Quartz and granite are popular materials for countertop installation, but now come in a wider variety of colors and veining. As for cabinets, white painted cabinets give a clean look, while adding texture and making the space feel lighter. In addition, grays, creams and even navy remain very popular paint color choices for cabinets. They add a soft splash of color and can blend well with a multitude of design styles.
Islands are a popular addition in kitchen remodels, but a new trend is here: going back to basics and clearing off the island. Over the years, people have been piling on permanent fixtures (stovetops, sinks) and building out multiple levels (e.g. a counter-height workspace and a bar-level dining area), turning islands into overly busy spaces. By shifting the stovetop and sink back to the perimeter counters and utilizing a single level, the island can return to being a focal point with its large, open work surface. Bonus points for extending the overhang far enough for people to sit at comfortably in barstools – picture guests nibbling on appetizers while the host puts the final touches on a meal or kids doing homework while Mom and Dad make dinner.
What’s cozier than a kitchen filled with the smell of freshly baked cookies? One with a fireplace. More and more, homeowners are adding fireplaces to their kitchens, bringing warmth both physically and aesthetically. Often a home’s only fireplace is in the living room, which tends to be one of the least-used rooms in the house. Bringing the fireplace into the kitchen means homeowners will get much more use and enjoyment out of it.
Subway tiles aren’t out yet! Experiment with different sizes (like square) or layouts (try diagonal or herringbone) to keep this idea fresh. Get even splashier – pun completely intended – with diamond backsplashes or travertine stone. This idea is especially great if you’re sticking with the still-trendy all-white kitchen – it allows for a pop of interest without overwhelming the overall aesthetic.
These sleek cooking surfaces have been around for a while, but 2018 might just be the year they really heat things up! Induction stovetops cook faster (they can boil water in half as much time), use less energy, and are safer since they only conduct heat when you place an iron or stainless steel pan on them. Not to mention they’re easier to clean – the flat surface is super simple to wipe down, and food spills don’t result in as much burning since the cooktop only gets as hot as the pan sitting on it (because it doesn’t generate heat on its own).
Charming Knobs and Pulls
If you’re sticking with the all-white trend, you can introduce color and character in smaller, easier-to-swap-out places like your cabinet knobs and drawer pulls. Copper is in, so try square, aged bronze pulls with copper highlights. Or keep it light and airy while adding texture using crystal knobs with a brushed nickel base. For European flair, go with oil-rubbed bronze cup drawer pulls.
Minimalism is in, but instead of removing your cabinets entirely (which opens up the space, but leaves you wondering where to put all your dishes), try a few glass-door display cabinets. You’ll achieve a minimalist effect, minus all the dusting. Plus, you can swap in some Pantone® color of the year dishware for an easily updated trendy look.
Luxury Vinyl Flooring
You have many options with kitchen floors – tile, stone, wood – but one thing is for sure: it’s going to get messy. For easy clean-up while staying on-trend, luxury vinyl flooring is huge right now. It is available in multiple tile sizes to look like natural stone, as well as planks to look like both new and rustic wood flooring. It also looks great in other rooms of the house, so you can have consistent flooring throughout your home.
LED lighting has come a long way and makes under cabinet lighting a must in any kitchen remodel. Plus, when used under cabinets, LEDs remain cool so they don’t emit heat and make your hands hot while you are working below them. LED lights are energy-saving and offer tremendous design flexibility. While general lighting in a space may still mean can lighting with more modern trims and an LED source, task lighting and accent lighting is an opportunity to showcase unique personalities and preferences. Pendants from wine staves, blown glass, or simple corded Edison bulb fixtures can really bring a kitchen to life. You could even consider illuminating glass countertops with LED lights from below!
Whatever your passion – gourmet cappuccino, homemade macaroons, exotic spices – your storage needs are unique. And you’ll want your espresso pods, baking molds, or Hawaiian lava salt handy for whipping up your next kitchen creation. From tiered drawers to pivoting cabinets, a custom storage solution designed just for your tastes is exactly what’s “in” right now.
Which trends appeal to you most? If you’re planning a kitchen remodel for 2018, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen can help you hone in on the trends that will work best for you and your home. We’ll make the process fun and tailored to you, and the end result will be something you’ll love well past 2018.