As with any other industry 2018 has brought a whole host of new stunning trends & styles to the world of kitchen design. My designer vibes for the year are itching to play with textures, metals & bespoke colours; keep on reading to see an overview of the kitchen industries hottest trends for 2018.
Hues of Blue
We're only 2 months in to 2018 but rich & deep hues of blue are already being seen across the industry. It's always been a popular choice for for a moody & luxurious look in living & dining rooms but it's already proving popular in the kitchen. Choose Twilight, Ink or Dark blue from our bespoke paint colours to achieve a look that is on trend & totally timeless.
Whether you're opting for a classic or contemporary style kitchen, open shelving is a great way to provide a focal feature by introducing another texture or material & another option of storage to the room. Open shelving is also a great addition to break up large sections of units & add some interest to the space. Dress them accordingly, add greenery & some personal touches to really make your space unique.
Industrial style kitchens have really been taking over the industry for the end of 2017 & the beginning of 2018. As a designer I love that the industrial style pulls different textures & finishes together to create a truly unique kitchen. If raw wood & stainless steel aren't your vibe, don't worry, there are so may different ways you can add a little industry to your space. For instance it can be achieved with both painted shaker & modern slab style kitchens; you can add a hint of industrial style with something as simple as a pendant light or you could go all in & bring some of those raw & edgy materials into the mix. The possibilities are endless.
The image below shows our Welford kitchen in a mix of textures & colours. The tarnished copper wall units from the MODA range, quartz splashbacks & dark moody tones of the graphite cabinets all add to a rather simple design & elevate it to a sophisticated industrial style kitchen.
This kitchen is a beautiful creation by Mowlem Kitchens. They have used a classic in-frame shaker & given it a new lease of life with some subtle industrial touches; such as the chunky quartz island worktop, factory style pendant lights & completing with wooden accessories. A very warm & subtle industrial look.
Shaker style kitchens will always be a classic & timeless addition to any home & even during the exciting colour & style trends of 2018, they remain popular & highly requested by my client base. They are warm, inviting & incredibly versatile in terms of being modernised or styled in a more traditional way.
With handle less kitchens taking the industry by storm, 2018 has seen the introduction of some beautiful feature handles across the range. Gone are the days of a standard stainless steel bar handle, now we can keep up with the trends by adding interesting & stylish handles to any kitchen design. Below are just 2 of my favourites from this year's collection that are sure to make any kitchen stand out.
Rich & Bold Wood grains
Adding a contrasting wood grain to your kitchen design is a great way to warm up a contemporary scheme. While introducing the grained textures along side lacquered colours & slab doors keep the theme modern & interesting. Choose richer tones like warm oaks, dark walnuts & wenges next to stark whites & greys to add a substance & depth to your contemporary colour scheme.
Brass, copper & gold accents are huge right now & can be seen across all the major kitchen brands. They are incredibly versatile & add an element of luxury to any style or colour of kitchen. Choose one finish or mix & match alongside stainless steel to add an industrial vibe to your kitchen.
Which trend(s) would you add to your new kitchen? Let me know in the comments below.
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