Top 10 Kitchen Trends for 2018
Posted on: 10 September 2018 by Christopher McKissock
The kitchen is the heart of your home and as such where we tend to spend most of our time. Here are the top ten trends of 2018 to inspire you for your own home.
The kitchen is considered the heart of your home; it’s where you gather with your family every night and meet with friends for coffee. As the heart, it’s important to treat your kitchen to a little TLC now and again.
If you’re thinking about a kitchen renovation and looking for some inspiration, look no further than our top 10 kitchen trends of 2018.
Blue Colour Scheme
Bold colours in the kitchen have been a trend since the 1950s, but 2018 is the year of the blue revival. Rich indigos, jewel-toned teals and bright aquas have all been forerunners in kitchen colour choices for this year. Pairing well with the most common colours of appliances, black, white and silver, it’s easy to see why this colour range is so popular.
Last year it was all about copper, but this year it’s all about gold. Everything from small appliances to lampshades to chairs come in this season’s hottest accent colour. Subtly weave pops of gold into your kitchen accessories or handles, or go full luxe with gold panels on your cabinets, as seen on The Design Files.
After years of the linear look with handle-less doors, handles are now back, and back for good it seems. The trend in 2018 for handles is the more ornate, the better. Vintage style brass, rose gold and copper are all leading the way in terms of colour. Mix and match your handles across your cabinets and drawers for a truly retro and unique feel.
Staying in is the new going out and so cooking at home has evolved greatly over the last few years. Appliance brands have been releasing ranges of double or multi-purpose ovens fit for home use, without costing you double the price. Not only do these take some of the stress out of cooking, they fit perfectly with the look of any modern kitchen; a great example of style meets functionality.
The Smart Kitchen is here; does this now officially mean we are in the future? Smart appliances are developing rapidly in all areas of the home and the kitchen is no exception. Boiling water taps, wifi ready appliances, steam ovens and vacuum drawers; all features found in today’s modern kitchen. Don’t worry if that’s all a bit too space age for you; start with an Amazon Alexa or Google Home. You can use them to play music, read recipes or order products for you while you’re busy in the kitchen, and they’re quite good to chat to too.
The concept of a double sink has been around for quite a while now but it’s the multi-functionality of this double sink that has changed for 2018. The style this year is to have your second sink as a multipurpose trough sink. More commonly seen in bathrooms, trough sinks are shallower in depth and can be used in the kitchen for growing herbs, chilling food or even as a built-in ice bucket. Such a simple design feature can add a huge touch of glamour to your countertops or island.
Typically, kitchen textures tend to be cold in nature; tiles, wood, stone and metal. This year the warmth is being brought back with the revival of knitted and woven accessories and décor. Weave especially has had a major comeback, with everything from chairs to lampshades being produced in this material – yes, it’s not just saved for your fruit basket anymore!
Still in the top 10 from 2016 and 2017, it looks like Quartz is here to stay – it’s the perfect combination of polished and natural. Most commonly used for countertops, designers are starting to expand their use of this material to also cover cabinets, appliances and accessories. As we have seen last year, Quartz pairs perfectly with rose gold and copper but the trend this year is to use darker colours and textures to bring out the natural beauty of the stone.
Probably the most ‘out there’ trend on our Top 10, living walls are the latest and wildest (literally) idea to hit the kitchen industry this year. Made of plants that require little to no maintenance, these indoor walls bring the outside, inside - you’ll never forget to water your plans again.
Some people consider display shelving a fine art – it can be painstaking finding those Pinterest-worthy pieces that are ‘for display only’ but once you’ve nailed your design, the finished look is very satisfying. Go for a range of different items for that ‘lived in’ feel or curate your items to match perfectly for more of an edge.
Not only will you benefit from a little Kitchen refresh, an updated kitchen is one of the main features buyers are looking for and will add value to your home.