With the start of the new year, you may be thinking it’s time to update your kitchen. Whether you’re planning a modest project or a full-fledged renovation, let’s take a look at some of the top kitchen design and décor trends going into 2018.
#1: Quartz Countertops
It’s no surprise that quartz countertops continue to top the charts when it comes to kitchen trends. If you’re shopping for high-end countertops, quartz offers beauty, versatility, and unmatched durability. Perfect for busy kitchens, quartz will withstand frequent use for years and years—and we suspect it will continue to be a top choice for homeowners in years to come.
#2: Statement Islands
Once an optional add-on in kitchens, islands have become an essential focal point of on-trend kitchen designs. In 2018, they’ll continue to be an integral part of a trendy kitchen, with many homeowners choosing statement islands that make an impact. From dramatic island countertop choices to simply choosing a dark or vibrant color that contrasts the rest of the kitchen, there are plenty of ways to make a statement with your contemporary kitchen island.
#3: Metal Accents
Regardless of whether your kitchen is rustic, industrial-leaning or ultra-modern in style, metallic finishes and metal-heavy accents are a rising trend in kitchen design. From copper range hoods to cabinet pulls to cast iron lights and matte metallic fixtures, touches of metal add undeniable character and one-of-a-kind style to any kitchen. This trend is trickling down even into kitchen accessories, where metal finishes add pops of versatile color and a vintage feel to pots and pans, flatware, countertop mixers, and more.
#4: Colors & Contrast
The all-white kitchen trend is starting to slow, making room for unexpected colors—like dark cabinets—and mix-and-match palettes. Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year, Ultra Violet, is a prime example of this rising trend. From choosing surprisingly bold wall colors to juxtaposing dark and light hues side-by-side, 2018 will be all about contrast in the kitchen. Two-tone cabinets are a new hit—make an impact by staining or painting your lower cabinets a few shades darker than the uppers.
#5: Open Shelving
In line with the minimalist movement, open shelving will continue to be a popular kitchen design choice this year. Option for some open cabinets or shelves in part of your kitchen gives it an uncluttered feel, keeping the design looking fresh and contemporary.