Kitchen / June 29, 2018 / Francis Raoul.
Aren’t kitchen islands simply adorable? Placed in the middle, they look cute and gather everyone in a single place while the host is preparing something delicious. More than a culinary desk, the kitchen island is an interaction bar, and that’s what makes it so perfect. Another thing that makes islands so amazing is their applicability, as they suit both small kitchens in need of additional sitting, and large dining areas where they serve as a slightly more intimate area.
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.
Once in place, they will dictate the feel and looks of your cooking haven, and there will be little to do to compensate their functionality if you mess up with them. More often than rare, cabinetry prices are not connected to the looks, and won’t be such a decisive criterion for you to decide whether your kitchen needs it.
Modern design, the look for 2018 kitchens, are more masculine and moody in style due to the prevalence of warm and cool grays, matte finishes, quiet countertop colors, built in appliances, grid motifs and black elements. Design elements are both strong and simple. The industrial style, perhaps overly accessorized in recent years, has been significantly watered down to a much less trendy/identifiable look featuring accents rather than full-on industrial themes.
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