New year, new kitchen? If you’re thinking or redesigning or refreshing your kitchen in 2018, take a look at these kitchen trends, poised to make a real impact this year.
Kitchen storage is one of the key foundations of any functional kitchen, and this year inadequate or ineffective kitchen cabinet storage will become a thing of the past. From appliance garages for small appliances and cabinets housing rubbish and recycling facilities, to drawer and tray dividers, pull-out spice racks, roll-out shelves, caddies and deep drawers for pots and pans, these new kitchens will make it much easier to store foodstuffs, kitchen equipment and general paraphernalia.
Pantone announced Ultra Violet as its Colour of the Year 2018. Expect to see this vibrant purple colour everywhere in home design and interiors this year. The dramatic colour exudes a feeling of elegance and opulence and can be used in a variety of ways in your kitchen: on walls, furniture or painted kitchen cabinets, as an accent colour for tiles or appliances, or in accessories such as cookware, china, glassware or decorative objects.
Dark Painted Kitchens
While white and grey are still the most popular colours for kitchen cabinets, this year’s colour palette will include much darker jewel tones such as navy, emerald and purple, and moody, ocean inspired shades. Complementing wood stains and other paint colours, dark kitchen cabinets convey a deep, rich, luxurious atmosphere that other options simply can’t achieve.
High Contrast Marble
Continuing in the vein of drama and luxury, the newest on-trend look is for luxury natural stone worktops in marble or granite that have bold, high contrast veining. Rather than the uniform look we’ve seen for many years now, get used to seeing eye catching worktops and dramatic waterfall edges on islands that will be a real feature.
In 2018, we will see islands not only becoming centre stage, but acting as jack of all trades too. Incorporating sinks and storage cabinets, undercounter appliances and table seating, large kitchen islands will be a true focal point. And with an increased tendency for islands to extend into open plan living areas, they’re more than a design statement; they’re a useful and multifunctional space that doesn’t clutter up the kitchen.