Kitchen / June 23, 2018 / Laurette Gautier.
Try to apply the same principle with materials and accessories, because you’re purchasing pieces that have to satisfy the needs of two rooms (to be more precise, porcelain flooring makes perfect sense in the kitchen, but it will certainly obstruct the warm and welcoming scenario you intend to introduce in the kitchen. A good example of such material is natural stone, especially a finely cut one.
We’re still seeing natural wood elements in the kitchen and the floor is where this design statement is being made. Noted above, wood countertops are on the upswing, thick wood shelving and more textured door styles in clear or semi-opaque stains are beautiful design elements in 2018 kitchens. Backsplashes are generally quiet affairs, creating to a visual flow in the design. Seamless engineered stone with soft patterns are trending. Tile for the backsplash is either very small shapes or larger format sizes.
A trend toward wellness is more a concept than a specific look. Large windows, comfortable seating-perhaps a kitchen sofa or banquette, space for plants and herbs, high performance/easy care products such as engineered stone, room for art, design elements from nature, a large sink, purified water, ample traffic flow and a steam oven are some attributes of a kitchen designed for an overall feeling of wellness.
Kitchen sinks are big and getting bigger for good reason! The abundance of sink accessories allow quick and efficient meal preparation, an important component in a kitchen centered around wellness. Two faucets installed at a large sink, 45”+, means more than one person can use the sink at once and surrounding countertops can remain cleaner – an ideal situation for smaller kitchens. This trend deserves to have staying power. Stainless steel sinks are most prevalent, but the faucet finish to coordinate with the sink is up for grabs.
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