Kitchen / June 17, 2018 / Gaetane Noemi.
Countertop trends for 2018 feature an old favorite, marble, especially seen in engineered stone. Marble patterns are so creatively designed in exaggerated blown-up patterns we saw last year and still love as well as a wide range of patterns that are almost coy – obviously faux but clearly marble-inspired. There is a noticeable turn away from the Calacattas and Carraras toward these (and natural) similar but different marble patterns. Wood countertops are trending in 2018 and nicely warm up the modern aesthetic. Engineered stone countertop colors (non marble) for 2018 are grays, mottled and soft concrete textures, leather finishes on the periphery and a bit of khaki colored stone on the horizon.
A trend that tops the list for 2018 is open shelving. This has been an up-and-coming trend for some time. If a homeowner does not want to deal with the expense of a new cabinet installation and wants to embrace the minimalism trends, open shelving is the solution. It makes the space look open and airy, which is what homeowners are looking for when it comes to their kitchens.
Neutral finishes (colors) for cabinetry historically reign supreme, but this year there’s a twist – actually more than one. The all-white kitchen in all its purity and impossible-to-keep-clean glory, is fading fast. Taking center stage in 2018 are very light and soft grays, semi-opaque cream finishes on wood and a surprising micro emerging trend – light khaki tones. Grays and warm grays in the medium to dark shades are even more widely seen in stylish kitchens than in previous years, often mixed with a soft white, an update to classic black and white. A micro trend of gold finishes on cabinet doors is new for 2018.
Availability can be equally good as it can be bad, because only a 100% determined person can dive inside the ocean of available cabinetry options and pick his at ones. You’ll have to check heavily carved wooden doors, soft hinges, half- or fully expanded drawers, and thousands of shades. Remember when you thought time won’t be an issue.
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