Before the modern era, kitchens were hidden in the back of homes, and guests rarely, if ever, entered them. These days, the kitchen is a focal point—a place where family, friends, and guests gather to eat and enjoy each other’s company. Some of the biggest design trends have risen to popularity because they allow the kitchen to remain in the spotlight. Read on to discover the kitchen trends we saw in 2018.
Many homeowners favor an open kitchen, where the kitchen, dining, and living room are all connected with no dividing walls. It makes the home seem bigger and more inviting. People who are cooking or washing dishes in the kitchen can also socialize with the rest of their guests in the main living area or great room.
Technology-integrated kitchens are on the rise. Refrigerators are made with touch screens for grocery lists and can tell you when you’re running low on milk or the eggs are going bad. Automatic lights can turn on or dim with the clap of a hand. Motion-sensor sinks allow you to wash flour-dusted hands without touching the faucet.
This year, many trendy kitchen styles have eliminated upper wall cabinets. A kitchen with only lower cabinets can feel more open, allow more natural light, and open up counter space. Instead of the traditional and classic (though still trending) white cabinets, some homeowners have chosen to go with navy or black cabinets with matte finishes for a more modern look.
Countertops and Sinks
Farmhouse sinks, though still popular, are a dying trend. Composite or built-in sinks are on the rise because they are easy to clean and have a sleek look. Many homeowners choose quartz countertops instead of granite or marble because they are easier to maintain. Backsplash tiles are a popular feature in many kitchens with upper wall cabinets.
The ideal kitchen is as much about fashion as it is about functionality. Much of the focus in 2018 has been in storage solutions—not wasting counter or cabinet space. Cabinetry customized for spices, pots, pans, and stand mixers, and other equipment has become a popular aspect of many kitchens. Many homeowners choose to add unique custom spaces in their kitchen, like booths or breakfast nooks to save space and keep a cozy feel.
Mix and Match
Though gray, taupe, cream, and white have remained timeless choices, some homeowners have added pops of color and mixing and matching textures for variety. Many kitchen islands feature darker cabinetry that makes the island stand out from the rest of the kitchen like an independent piece of furniture. The modern kitchen often combines rustic, industrial, and modern tastes, with stainless steel appliances, brass fixtures, wood tables, and cement backsplashes or countertops.
Iverson Homes can remodel your kitchen and help you choose a design that works for you. With our hands-on process, we build the kitchen of your dreams, fully functional to your unique lifestyle and timelessly designed with quality craftsmanship. Contact us today to learn about our kitchen remodeling services and custom built homes.