Kitchen Trends For 2018
The kitchen operates as the heart of the home and a space where we cook and enjoy food while socialising with friends and family. With it being such a popular part of your home, it only makes sense that you want to keep the space looking fresh. Let us help here at DM Design, as we run through the top kitchen trends that are set to make waves in 2018.
In the past, your home would likely have looked something like this: you’d have the sitting room where you would relax and enjoy some home entertainment, the living room where you’d gather to eat food and catch up with friends and family, and the kitchen which was solely used for cooking.
Not anymore, thanks to the concept of liveable kitchens. What this means is that kitchens have become arguably the most sociable area of the home, with guests gathering in the kitchen to chat and enjoy a laugh while the host cooks up some culinary delights.
Ensure you get on board the liveable kitchen trend by adding an elegant dining table or breakfast island into your kitchen and then finishing off the look with a collection of comfy chairs.
Smart storage solutions
As more people gather in your kitchen during social gatherings, the minimalist trend is becoming more popular in this part of the house as homeowners look to make their spaces as smart and tidy as possible.
Adapting to this trend is simple, as you just need to think about some smart storage solutions. Create space in one of your kitchen cupboards or cabinets, then use this to store your kettles, toasters and any other small kitchen appliance when they aren’t being used.
The reduction of clutter around your kitchen counters will help the space look a lot tidier instantly.
On the topic of all things smart in the kitchen, technology has come on so much in recent years and is now helping to take the stress away from your cooking space.
The increasing availability of smart home devices — like Amazon Echo and Google Home with their automated, voice-activated features — is moving the smart kitchen trend forward in rapid fashion. Expect to see more of these gadgets popping up around people’s kitchens, as they help people to go through recipes hands-free, order supplies on the go and control lighting simply through the power of speech.
Want to help your tech-savvy friends and family out a bit? Then also consider investing in kitchen countertops which can automatically charge electronic devices and thus ensure someone’s smartphone doesn’t suddenly run out of battery when they are in your home socialising.
Light furnishings, dark floors
Moving onto the look of your kitchen, one design trend that is set to be popular for 2018 is a mix of light and dark tones.
What we mean here is that if you opt to have your kitchen walls and cabinetry decorated in light tones — think white or cream — then you should create a balance in the room by having the floor etched in a darker hue, such as an ebony wood effect.
Taking note of Dulux and Pantone’s colours of the year
It’s a big deal in the interior design scene when Dulux and Pantone announce their colours of the year. Dulux gathers a global panel of experts working in a variety of design industries, who then spend a year and a half discovering emerging trends to settle on a colour. Meanwhile, Pantone’s pick sets trends in interior design as well as fashion, furniture and many other areas for the year to come.
For 2018, Dulux has selected the dusky mauve mixed with smoke taupe tone of Heart Wood as its colour of the year and Pantone has opted for the dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade of Ultra Violet.
Explaining Dulux’s choice to Homes & Property, the brand’s colour and design expert, Rebecca Williamson, pointed out: “Heart Wood is a very versatile shade that grounds all of this year’s trend palettes, working with a variety of shades across the spectrum but all with a slightly muted quality.
“To me, it really suits being combined with similar hues such as cocoa, like Woven Willow, and blush pinks, like Blossom Tree. This comforting hue also connects beautifully with desirable blues which continue to grow in popularity to off-set its warmth, especially rich inky tones like Sapphire Salute.”
When it comes to Pantone’s selection, the company’s vice president, Laurie Pressman, pointed out to Metro: “I see [Ultra Violet] as very much an optimistic colour, an empowering colour. We want to find some peace and calm within ourselves. How do we quiet our minds?”
Aim to work both colours into your kitchen in the months ahead, perhaps by choosing tiles or accessories in these tones.
Copper cooker hoods
Copper has become one of the most popular materials in our interior designs recently, thanks in part to it being incredibly versatile. Highly polished, fiery and shiny styles can look just as appealing as those in muted and matt designs.
At the same time, the cooker hood has emerged as the centrepiece of many kitchens today — especially when these spaces are devoid of upper cabinetry.
It only makes sense that for 2018 then, a kitchen trend to look out for will be cooker hoods which are finished in eye-catching copper sheeting. It’s bound to capture attention for all the right reasons anytime someone steps foot in your kitchen.
Pecky cypress styles
Are you a fan of the reclaimed wood look in your kitchen? Then don’t worry, as this trend doesn’t look like it’s going to go out of fashion in 2018.
However, one thing to be aware of is that pecky cypress finishes are going to be everywhere regarding how reclaimed wood will be used in the months to come.
A type of wood that catches the eye thanks to its grainy texture which is achieved through long, narrow burrows and cavities, pecky cypress styles can be applied to everything from your cooker hood to your breakfast island to great effect.
By now, you should have plenty of inspiration to create a kitchen to be proud of in 2018. However, make sure to head across to our kitchen design page for expert guidance and advice before starting any home improvements in the new year.