Each year brings a dizzying assortment of new ideas, materials, and finishes for our interiors.  If you are considering a kitchen update, you will want to know about these design trends.

  • Dedicated chopping and baking stations. Regular counter top height is fine for most kitchen tasks and casual meals.  But for recipes that require a lot of chopping, rolling, or other more strenuous tasks, a lower counter top is preferred.  Some cooks are specifying a dedicated work center with a lower counter in addition to standard height counters.
  • Matte black finishes. Satin brass was all the rage in 2017.  This year matte black is taking center stage in kitchens and bathrooms.  It’s a contemporary look that works well with a variety of materials and styles.
  • More color in the kitchen. White will always be a classic choice for kitchens, but homeowners are beginning to yearn for more color, especially for gray and blue and warm wood tones.
  • Antibacterial materials. Imagine a counter surface that does not breed bacteria after you prepare raw chicken.  New technology incorporated into some solid surface counter materials are not only anti-bacterial but purify the surrounding air and eliminate chemicals that come into contact with it.
  • Dining tables in the kitchen. Many homes, especially those with a smaller kitchen, are reconsidering a traditional dining table in place of an island.
  • Wallpaper-like tile. New tile that looks like wood, concrete, resin, fabric and even wallpaper are all the rage, especially because tile can be easily wiped down.
  • Glass inserts for tub-shower combinations. Some folks still prefer a shower curtain, but glass dividers are on the upswing due to their ability to keep a small space open and airy.
  • Concrete accents. Always a popular choice, concrete is turning up in furniture, decorative accents, wallcoverings, countertops and tile.  Its cool tones mix well with grays.
  • Bold-colored sofas. Daring sofa color creates a focal point, with blue, green and pink being especially popular.
  • Casual and calm modern bedrooms. A good night’s sleep calls for a calm space in neutral colors.  Minimalist looks that include neutral colors, soft fabrics and simple furniture pieces are the direction homeowners are heading.
  • Defined kitchens in open floor plans. Not all homeowners love the open floor plan, especially since kitchens tend to get messy.  Some are seeking delineation with partial walls to define the space.
  • More design trends for 2018 to follow in Part 2!
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