Remodeling in Greater Dallas? Discover Kitchen Trends For 2018
When it comes to design trends, they often start in other rooms in the house, but they always make their way to the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home, and it often dictates the style and atmosphere of the entire living space. Especially in modern open living concept design where the kitchen colors, shapes, materials and functionality can be used to tie the whole look together.
Let’s take a look at some of the hottest trends in kitchen design and furnishings for 2018/2019, so you’ll have some reference for when you’re planning your upcoming kitchen remodeling project.
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Kitchen Color Trends
White has dominated kitchen cabinet design for the past decade. It was a natural choice that offered a timeless quality and always worked to brighten up space. As a neutral color, white cabinets work with a range of colors, from cool, blue walls, green pulls, and knobs, warm yellow counters or even red curtains.
And while white will never go out of style, a couple of color trends are picking up steam. There’s been a shift towards gray. Gray shares many of the properties that home owner’s love about white, but in a more subdued way. While gray is not a “bright” as white, some lighter shades come close. Gray works with warm or cool accent colors.
On another front, dark blue or navy painted cabinets are starting to become more popular. Unheard of just a couple of years ago, navy cabinets have taken off! Not quite as flexible as neutrals like gray and white, navy cabinets seem to work with any style or decor. Especially popular have been “two-tone designs, for example, combining navy island cabinets with light gray or white perimeter cabinets.
For the more eclectic homeowner, choices like neutral, oak, petrol green and charcoal with black accents and even more exotic colors like sage, or orange are trending strongly. These colors are being seen more often in stunning modern, contemporary and industrial designs.
Kitchen Trends: Cabinet Materials and Finishes
Along with the new trends in color, when it comes to design there’s a visible trend in the palette of materials being used in cabinetry and appliances. Blending a sophisticated color palette along with high-quality materials like wood, concrete, quartz, glass, ceramic, stone or metals all in different shades are influencing and being used to create unique, stunning designs. The play between textures and styles – matte and glossy, classic to modern, dark and light and glass doors or open shelving, designers are making some daring choices, which rely on density, texture, and appearance.
This approach is leading another trend towards industrial style kitchens. Designers are combining textures like dramatic black marble countertops with warm oak surfaces that add a rustic charm to a contemporary composition. The combination of robust, substantial dark materials with warm woods is a winning combination when it comes to kitchen design!
Granite is timeless, and still the number one choice for most homeowners. Granite is durable, comes in a wide range of colors and patterns and each slab is unique. However, granite’s one great flaw is its porosity. Unless regularly sealed, a spill can soak in, and become as timeless as the stone itself.
Quartz came onto the design scene a few decades ago with the promise of a solid, durable non-porous surface. The drawback to quartz in the past was its lack of variety and style. But times have changed! Modern manufacturing techniques have given us quartz that delivers when it comes to style, design, and flair. Manufacturers can replicate the beautiful flowing veining of exotic marble and granite in a non-porous engineered product. As a result, quartz is the fastest growing choice for homeowners and will continue to grow in popularity in the coming years.
Glass Cabinet Doors
For homeowners who are not ready to make the transition to open shelving (another hot trend), designers have begun using more glass front cabinets as a middle ground between solid cabinets and open shelving. While your plates, glasses, bowls, and cups will be on display for all to see, glass doors create the illusion of more space, yet keep everything protected inside. This gives you the benefit of a more modern, open look but without all that dusting!
Minimalism: Hiding Accessories and Appliances
With our cluttered modern lives, minimalism has found its way into our homes via the kitchen counter. The trend for the coming year is moving stuff off of the counters and into dedicated areas. Toasters, coffee machines, blenders, mixers, cutting boards and even microwaves are moving off the counter and into specialized storage cabinets. The appliance “garage” is becoming one of the most requested design elements in today’s kitchen, and this trend is anticipated to continue to grow.
Transitional Style or “Urban Rustic”
Transitional style has been a staple in kitchen trends for years. They offer a great opportunity to vary texture and material in dynamic combinations that offer designers freedom of expression. Mixing vintage, classic and contemporary design elements along with unexpected materials and shapes allow for a combination of traditional and modern design. It’s a trend that’s picking up steam. You can have a rustic kitchen with your trendy open floor plan. We expect that the trend in transitional kitchens to continue.
Thanks to new technologies and materials and some innovative designers, there are many exciting new possibilities for unique kitchen designs. When choosing one for your home, consider your lifestyle, location, and sense of style. The possibilities are truly infinite; from small and functional jazzy urban compositions to the trend towards more rustic design and recycled materials, when planning your dream kitchen, the sky is the limit!
Here at Joseph & Berry our kitchen design team is up to date with all the latest trends and materials. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, give us a call (or click here and we’ll call you!) and sit down with our designers. Let us show you how we can take your creative vision, combine it with our expertise, and deliver you the kitchen of your dreams!