Today, kitchens are one of the most utilized rooms in the home. Some may even say that the kitchen is the centerpiece that holds everything else in your house together. Therefore, it’s no surprise that a lot of time and effort goes into making the kitchen look impeccable. According to a survey conducted by Houzz, 63% of homeowners stated that having enough storage was the most important feature in a kitchen, followed by having enough space to work, play and live, entertain, and clean. Here are a few current design trends that will help make your kitchen look stylish and modern.
Regarding kitchen layouts and islands, experts at Kitchens International stated, “Layouts are usually dictated by the space available, but islands continue to dominate with many larger kitchens now opting for two islands.” They added, “Most will have a breakfast bar seating or banqueting seating attached to the island so that dining is incorporated into the kitchen area.”
Touching back in the point of creating a layout that provides plenty of space to cook, eat, clean and entertain, compartmentalizing where possible is key to creating more open space. Adding structures with multiple functions, such as an island or a counter that has a built-in breakfast bar or a kitchen island that holds a dishwasher and cabinet space, can really help you optimize the space you have.
It’s tough deciding on the best color and material for your cabinets. After all, there are a ton of factors that you have to consider that range from what looks best to what will last the longest. White has consistently been a favorite for kitchen cabinets. White cabinets provide a very simple, clean appearance which proves beneficial to the overall look of the kitchen, as they’re notorious for accumulating junk. The color white is expected to remain on top as a favorite in 2018 and it isn’t expected to be going anywhere for a while.
Gray has also been regarded as another popular cabinet color. Gray, similar to white, is clean and refined. It complements almost any palette and can simplify any look. Many homeowners will find that the combination of gray and white makes for a gorgeous kitchen space.
For many years, quartz has been a popular choice in kitchen counters. With its hyper-durable, scratch-resistant properties, it’s no surprise that many kitchens feature quartz counters.
2018 is witnessing a rise in popularity with darker counters. Though many may go for granite, soapstone is another underdog material that’s quickly gaining attention. The material, which is naturally resistant to bacteria build up, sports a gorgeous softened finish that is elevated by the light vine-like detailing in the stone. The combination of the dark soapstone countertops with the light cabinets makes for a lovely contrast that adds depth to your kitchen.
As we enter a new year, we’re also entering a new era of technology. That being said, one of the biggest kitchen design trends this year is believed to be smart kitchens. Though technology in the kitchen has always existed in the form of kitchen appliances, more kitchens are being developed with technology incorporated into almost every square inch of the room. Lighting can be controlled via remote, coffee machines can be programmed to brew your coffee when you wake up, there are even refrigerators that can alert you when you are running low on food. This particular trend is expected to be one of the biggest in 2018.