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Kitchen design trends for 2018

Last Updated Jan 10, 2018 · Written by Philippa Land


A new year is time for a new kitchen. The kitchen is the largest investment you will make in your home, and so to do it correctly and choose the right materials for you is really imperative. It’s the focal point of the home where people congregate as well as being a highly functional workspace needed to store a multitude of different appliances and storage. This year in 2018 we will see a burst of new colours in the kitchen as well as contrasting materials, thinner benchtops, innovative sinks, and tapware. Here’s what in and out for kitchen design in 2018.

Bold new colour palette

Neutrals are back this year along with timber and contrasting colours such as dark benchtops against light, creamy walls. As well in 2018, we will see a burst of new colour, with white being out and an influx of blue, green and sea-inspired colours coming in. Pantone’s colour of the year for 2018 is violet which we will start to see more of in the home this year. This shade gives a luxurious and elegant feel to an interior and we’ll be seeing dark coloured countertops including black, dark green and multi-coloured rust tones enter the kitchen. This year is all about creating character and personality, drifting away from the minimalist look that’s been around for a while. If in doubt about what colours to use think about using black, the ultimate style tone that never goes out, black in the kitchen will create a different look this year and can even be on your appliances.  

This year is also about mixing and matching colours, with monochromatic kitchens on the out and mixing multiple colours being in. If you want to stick to neutrals think about two-toned colours mixing warmer tones with softer ones. Or use contrasting materials such as wood and tiling.

Kitchen colour trends

Clean and fresh benchtops

This colour trend will extend to benchtops, with black and dark colours coming onto the kitchen workspace. In terms of shape, we will see smaller, thinner benchtops with straight edges to create a really clean look. As well natural oak timbers are coming back to the kitchen for benches and cabinets, but laminate remains to be the most versatile material for cabinets. Quartz is always a great choice for benchtops and requires less maintenance than other materials like granite. For handles think about selecting a shark fin finish where there is no handle as such but gives you a very simplistic look.  

Storage for days

The trend for kitchen storage is to maximise every space that there is, and when designing it’s good to keep in mind that a larger kitchen can be overkill because it means you do a lot of walking. Using drawers instead of cupboards is the 2018 way to go. Deep drawers make storage for cooking more effortless as you can store large items such as saucepans and appliances. Add-ons such as drawer organisers and pegboard organisers can make keeping items separate and in the right space much easier. This can also help you to have an organised kitchen. There are many different ways to add storage to your kitchen, use all the space and repurpose any unused space. Convert a tiny cabinet to a drawer with utensil holders. Another is to utilise door space with hooks and hangers for cups, lids or food storage essentials like cling wrap and aluminium foil. Also, the walls have great storage potential where there could be room for hanging fruit baskets, kitchen knives, spice racks or extra shelves.

Storage in tbe kitchen

Sinks and tapware with new mojo

There are a lot of sink and tapware options available this year, especially in black, stainless steel and even moulded from benchtop sinks. There are also innovative choices in tapware such as a tap with a motion sensor to turn on from Moen, or a tap from Kohler that has moving hinges allowing for movement to different areas, such as to fill a large pot. No more awkwardly getting the pot into the sink if the tap can bend. As well in tapware, there are finishes such as rose gold, black which is most definitely on trend, or bronze coloured taps which can really make a statement. There is also inspiration coming up from the French countryside with copper sinks that bring a really nice texture to the kitchen.

We’ll also see more earthy tones in materials like marble or stone and matched with a splashback. For sinks and tapware this year basically break away from what you may have previously thought about sinks, they are a functional part of the kitchen that can be beautiful and stylish as well.     

All area lighting

Good lighting overhead is really important in the kitchen, and you want to make sure you light up hidden areas under cupboard space. Task lighting can be used in these spots to make them easier to work with. Over kitchen islands, there is decorative lighting in which pendants are popular to hang from the ceiling and throw light on this bench space and look great at the same time.    

LED lights are the latest development and a great choice as they burn much less energy saving you on power bills. While the bulbs cost a bit more at first, they will last a lot longer, making them actually cheaper in the long run. LED lights now come in a range of different options and can greatly perk up a workspace or island.

Lighting for the kitchen

Kitchen design is having a real change this year bringing in new colours, personality, innovation, and materials. If your kitchen is looking so 2017, get a quote to update your kitchen today.

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