On The Rise: 2018 Kitchen Design Trends
Design trends tend to start in other parts of the home, and eventually, make their way to the kitchen. There have been several trends we have spotted which have started to bubble up, and these are some of our favorites that we feel will really start to get big in 2018.
Painted Gray & Navy Cabinets
Painted white cabinets have dominated kitchen design for easily the last 5 to 10 years. Many homeowners considered it to be an easy choice. White kitchen cabinets have a certain timeless quality, and always brightened up the space. As a neutral color, white cabinets played equally well with cool blue walls and green pulls and knobs, or warm yellow counters and red curtains alike.
And while we will never stop seeing painted white cabinets go out of style, a couple of new color trends have started to pick up steam in 2017.
First, we have started to see a slight shift away from white, and moving toward gray. Gray shares many of the properties that people love about white, but in a slightly more subdued tone. While lighter shades of gray will never brighten up kitchen in the same way that white cabinets do, many come close, such as CliqStudios Urban Stone and Harbor paint color. As a naturally neutral color, gray will also look good alongside warm or cool accent colors.
Dark blue or “Navy” painted cabinets have made a started to make waves this year as well. Practically unheard of only one or two years ago, navy kitchen cabinets have really taken off! Many find the dark blue color to be an unexpected and classy color choice. While not quite as flexible as white or gray, just like a dark pair of jeans, navy cabinets seem to work well with just about any style of decor. Especially popular have been navy-color kitchen islands when paired with white or light-gray perimeter cabinets.
Granite, nearly by definition, is timeless. It was here eons before anyone and will surely outlast us all. However, granite’s one great flaw is that it is a porous surface. Unless granite counter tops are sealed and re-sealed properly on a regular basis, that spilled red wine could soak into it, and outlast us all along with the rest of that stone.
Quartz came to the rescue a few decades ago with with the promise of a solid, non-porous surface that was all but impervious to stains and never needed sealing. At the time, however, quartz left many wanting in style department. But boy, how times have changed!! Today’s quartz truly delivers in style, design, and flair. Modern manufacturing techniques have allowed the creation of solid quartz counters with designs that mimic the flow and movement previously only seen in granite! The “Marble” collection from Cambria is truly striking and will make heads turn at it’s natural appearance.
Chances are your grandmother had some type of a hutch or cabinets with glass doors in the upper or wall cabinets. You may remember how she displayed her fine china reserved only for special company, or perhaps even collectible figurines. Well, even though fine china and collectible figurines are a rare find in modern households, grandma was onto something with those see-through doors.
Yes, glass doors do put whatever’s inside on display. Your fine and not-so-fine plates, bowls, and cups will be see by all. However, glass door cabinets are also the perfect middle ground between solid cabinets and floating or open shelves. They fool the eye be giving an impression of a much more open space, and yet keep everything protected inside. This means you get the benefit of a more modern, open look, but without all the constant dusting of fully open shelves.
Hiding Accessories & Appliances
Minimalism, or at least its spirit, has found its way to the kitchen counter. Modern lives are cluttered enough; our kitchen counters shouldn’t be. Toasters, coffee makers, mixers, blenders, cutting boards, and even microwaves are moving off the counter top and into specialty cabinets. Many are finding new homes inside of a small “appliance garage,” that tucks all those indispensable modern conveniences neatly away when not in use. (Which is, let’s be honest, the majority of the time.)
Shortly after the artists and bohemians began reclaiming warehouses and factories in the 1970s and 1980s, industrial design started to be embraced the wider design world. The appeal of wide open floor plans, high ceilings, and tall windows is easy to understand. But it was more than that — these industrial spaces embraced the bare essence of the materials used in their construction. These formerly working spaces had little use for the frilly, soft design elements that were commonly found in purely residential spaces. This unapologetic use of brick, concrete, glass, steel, and exposed plumbing provided a refreshing change. And yet, it provided the perfect counterpoint to either traditional or modern furniture, that found the juxtaposition enhanced its own design.
In the past few years we’ve seen bookcases pop up that are made of simple wooden planks and cast iron piping, sitting next to a traditional, over-stuffed armchair. Former warehouse carts are being cleanup and re-purposed as coffee tables across suburbia. Just like other rooms of the home, more and more elements of both traditional and industrial design will enter the home kitchens space. A coming together of the best of both worlds! We’re already seeing this as traditional shaker style cabinetry, is being topped with concrete counters, combined with a farm sink, and topped off with a tall, goose-neck faucet that would be home in any commercial kitchen.