Kitchen / June 23, 2018 / Elie Ignace.
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.
When it comes to nerve-wracking kitchen design decisions, cabinetry has an undisputed leadership position. It will be challenging, it will be exhausting, and it will be extremely important. To make matters even scarier, cabinetry costs, and it is not such a recommended practice to choose random ones as they can affect reversely the entire appearance of the kitchen.
Integrating appliances into modern kitchens is very popular with more people choosing to integrate their fridges, microwaves and dishwashers. This gives the kitchen a sleek, clean look where the eye is drawn to the design of the kitchen rather than the appliances. Cleverly designed cabinets can hide all sorts of appliances and helps the kitchen integrate seamlessly with the rest of the house.
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.
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