It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home.
That doesn’t mean though, that it should get left behind in the design stakes. At the same time remember that a kitchen remodel is a big investment – make sure you get something that you’ll love for years to come.
There are great kitchen trends out there to suit every taste and budget and we’re here to help you choose the best kitchen trend for your home.
We’ve broken them down into key components – countertops, cabinets, gadgets, and flooring.
Here’s our guide to what’s hot for 2018.
There are so many considerations when it comes to countertops – durability, finish, maintenance but above all – style.
There was a time when flecked granite countertops ruled – not anymore. However, before you go for mirror-finish hot pink, try to visualize your kitchen 5 or 10 years down the line…
Last year’s NKBA survey showed that quartz is continuing its upward trend, whereas granite is well and truly in second place, and falling fast.
Quartz countertops can be made from slabs of quarried stone, but the latest kitchen trend is for counters made from a ground down mixture of quartz and resin.
The result? A near-indestructible material that can be tinted to create an array of color choices. This year’s key kitchen trend is for dark countertops, which can be offset against lighter cabinetry to really pop.
Keeping up with the eco-friendly movement, reclaimed wood is not just good for the environment, it’s got some serious design credentials. With it’s worn character, markings and unique nature they scream individuality.
No two are the same, and if you know the backstory, it can make a great conversation piece. For a major statement, check out ‘live edge’ pieces that retain the natural edge, and sometimes bark, of the tree.
A timeless classic, white Calcutta marble is a key 2018 kitchen trend. As it is quite porous, think twice about using it throughout, as it can be unforgiving on spills.
Great for a statement piece like an island, nothing will add sophistication and class to your kitchen like a well-chosen piece of marble.
For a while now, transitional kitchens – combining elements of both traditional and contemporary styles – have dominated the market.
This shows no signs of abating, so don’t hold your breath for country style kitchens to make a comeback.
It’s All About Color
Classic door styling painted in contemporary colors – particularly whites and grays – will continue to be a key kitchen trend.
Deep blues and greens are also on point, and tone well with deep wood tones. Bold hues such as emerald green and plum are striking and sophisticated.
Either as cabinet or accent colors, they add depth to the room, although use them sparingly, as too much could easily darken it.
This follows another trend for this year – mixing and matching and two-tone. Don’t be afraid to suggest a combination to your kitchen designer, maybe varying upper and lower cabinets, or having an accent island.
High or Low?
The trend for minimal high-level kitchen cabinetry shows no sign of slowing in 2018. Think open shelving and artistically arranged plates and glasses on display for the loft look.
To achieve a high-end finish, without the eye-watering price tag, check out the range at RTA Depot.
Our love affair with hardwood flooring seems set to continue for the considerable future. However, if you want to combine the look of hardwood, with the user-friendliness of tile, there are some great options – and they’re on point this year.
They come in a huge range of styles and can be a more affordable and durable option.
If you’ve got your heart set on wood, engineered wood flooring is the way to go. It gives you natural wood on top, but just a thin layer that is laid on top of a high-density composite wood base.
This means it’s strong and durable, up to the rigors of kitchen traffic, but retains the stylish look of hardwood.
Still think a timer on the coffee maker is pretty high tech? Here are the latest kitchen trends in gadgets.
Where’s the Refrigerator?
Side by side refrigerator? Practical it may be but the trend continues to be for concealing your fridge rather than showing it off.
Think built-ins – under counter, drawers, and uprights. Wherever you conceal them, conceal them you must.
Microwave in a What??
Oh yeah, microwaves don’t have hinged doors anymore and are certainly not freestanding.
Microwave in a drawer might sound an improbable concept, but it’s the latest in kitchen tech and it’s here to stay. Hidden from sight, it helps to retain the sharp, clean lines contemporary kitchens thrive on.
Smart is Coming
With a myriad of different gadgets now available, from auto-sensors for taps to smartphone-controlled lighting systems, if you’re wanting to keep up, smart technology has invaded the kitchen.
Don’t forget to check out smart refrigerators as well. Models are now available that will monitor your groceries, prepare hot water on demand or by timer and alert your smartphone when doors are left open.
While some of this may be securely filed under fad, don’t be surprised to see this becoming a more common kitchen trend in the future.
The Verdict – The Key Kitchen Trend for 2018
It’s clear to see, this is going to be a year to try something bold.
Whether it’s a reclaimed wood countertop, a marble slab, a bold cabinet color or something smart, the farmhouse kitchen has been left in the dust – contemporary styling is in.
Whatever direction you choose to take your kitchen remodel, seriously think about wiring up now for smart innovations in the future.
A kitchen remodel can certainly add value to your home – just check out our blog here for the reasons why. If you’re thinking of selling though, make sure that you remodel to sell, not just to suit your personal tastes.
At Pligg, we’ve got tons of online resources to help you maximise the value of your home and the enjoyment you get from it.
Check out our home improvement blog for more creative ideas.