2018 Kitchen Trends

NO UPPERS IN THE KITCHEN

More and more I see the modern home trading wall space for more windows. And we see a move away from upper wall cabinets in replacement of a more substantial pantry wall of cabinets, mixed in with integrated refrigerators & wall ovens. Kitchen spaces are being designed with less linework and minimal dimensions; this is not to say that kitchens are moving away from wall cabinets altogether, but just less. I can get behind this trend because I have always found wall cabinets to be overbearing. I understand their benefit, being at a comfortable level for storage, but the idea of a floating upper cabinet has no place in my kitchen. To me, it crowds the space because its a large structure protruding from the wall. Move to an open shelving unit so that you can see through the space. Keep the space feeling open. Cabinet companies are becoming much smarter in their offerings, allowing for pop-up stands for those more massive objects, internal drawers, and pull-out options that allow for creative storage ideas in base cabinets and pantry units. I support it.


CHROME COMEBACK

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It’s been foretold that chrome will be making a comeback, and maybe I am just in my tiny corner of the world, but I don’t see it. Most of my clients are moving in the direction of metal channels and brass/ bronze hardware, but not recently chrome. The year is young, so who knows if that changes, but I sincerely hope it does not make its comeback. The chrome is a powerhouse metal that demands attention, and its shine is incomparable to most hardware finishes. More and more, I think we are seeing a move to hardware becoming much more subtle, that’s why touch latches and channels are popular. But for those you that just can’t see past a real pull, I think the bronze/ brass is a subtle metallic finish. Yes, it may be more daring of a colorway and add some drama when you take notice, but when you look at the overall feeling of the hardware in conjunction with the whole kitchen, they never steal the show.


 

DINING TABLES IN KITCHEN

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I’m not sure why this is a trend, but I don’t necessarily hate the idea. I can’t decide if it wants to be a return to a more traditional feel of a table in the kitchen space, or if it’s wanting to be a more modern approach, like mixing in a table height surface to a higher counter surface island in unique ways. I feel like I could see a modern approach to both ways coming through, but I think I want to know how the rest of 2018 shows to see if this happens or not. I could see a right mix of this for a classic, timeless design with a gorgeous kitchen table with a beautiful stone on top of it. I worry that a wooden finish might date the design, but I suppose I could be convinced otherwise as I do love a good wood tone in play. 


CONCRETE FINISHES

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I am seeing this happen more and more in homes and let me tell you; I am here for it. We have all seen the beauty that can be a polished concrete floor, but I have enjoyed seeing how designers are using it in new and exciting places, like ceilings & floating stairs. Cabinet companies are even using it, in a faux application, for cabinet fronts and panels, and it’s not always bad. I will admit, some applications look cheap and almost spray-painty, but there are some that are much more convincing. I’d love to see the different finish options come out, and how we can manipulate it. I’ve even heard of the more new mixture of concrete with fiberglass fibers that allow the concrete to be 70% less dense than usual which could allow for some innovative applications. I can’t wait to see what comes of this trend!

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HIDDEN RANGE HOOD

Now, this may be a bit more of a modern look, but I do support it. When it comes to kitchens, most times, it's the appliances that break the consistency in a kitchen space. The cabinets, the backsplash, the flooring, are all cohesive with the same product lines repeated; the appliances, even if matching in name brand, often possess different profiles that protrude from the consistency of the cabinets.

Integrating more of the appliances is critical for this look to be pulled off successfully. What I like about this trend is that it simplifies the designs even more and the minimalism takes a more significant effect the more modern we go. It ties back to the first trend about no uppers in the kitchen space by relating back to the idea of simplifying the lines/ dimensions of the kitchen space. Allowing the space to still feel breezy and light with fewer obstructions is nice, but simplifying the amount that your eyes have to process is a very modern approach. I’d want to make sure the ventilation is strong enough for the cook-top it’s supporting, but other than that; I fully support this move. I’d love to see most appliances find their way into these seamless designs, where they become even less noticeable. 

 

By: Jake Neidlnger