Kitchen design trends 2018

Kitchen furniture trends are a lot like fashion trends…There are staple design pieces which endure with timeless popularity, whilst other new and avantgarde styles also emerge. In the modern era of Instagram, Pinterest and Houzz, design ideas are instantly accessible and inspiring for customers, yet it is not always easy to predict which new designs will come on trend, or how long they till stay. But what we do know with certainty is that an external kitchen fascia is equally as important as the rigidity of the cabinets…Homeowners want style, luxury, comfort and choice. That said, here are some of the key kitchen trends evident in 2018…

Changing Shape and Form within kitchen trends

The past 10 years has seen a shift towards minimalism, streamlined profiles and built in appliances. Kitchens have been hugely pared back, and the handleless all white kitchen design has proved immensely popular, along with hardworking islands (where space permits). But homeowners now want increased variety and are becoming more open to bolder textures, colours and materials. ‘Minimal but not cold;’ This would be the best description for the shape and form of kitchens this year. Recent design research has shown that people are turning away from bulky furniture. Instead we have seen a move towards a single line of units covered with thin stone worksurfaces, above which there are no cabinets on the wall but framed shelves, or else minimal wall shelves with internal lights. This layout elongates the kitchen for a contemporary minimal look, whilst opening up the space so that visually it appears wider.

Framed wall shelving
Framed wall shelving

Current kitchen colour trends

The all-white kitchen will remain popular but homeowners are increasingly adding warm textured woods or else a pop of vibrant colour. Both go a long way in reflecting personality, and as evident within the desirable Scandi kitchen theme, will easily bring life and character to a kitchen. Houzz, predicted that Pantone’s 2017 Colour of the Year ‘Greenery’ would take over in 2018. Rich green shades bring calm to the kitchen, complementing natural woods, earthy tones and white wall paint. At the same time green contributes well to the industrial New York loft style that is currently very popular, working very nicely with bronzed/gold handles, Carrara marble effect stones or manmade surfaces.

Framed kitchen furniture contrasts with hints of greenery
Framed kitchen furniture contrasts with hints of greenery

Neutral and grey kitchen colour trends

The popularity of grey kitchens took hold in a big way from 2014 onwards, and we are still seeing a huge demand for this palette. Easy on the eye, and easy to match with the rest of an interior -including vibrant or plain colours – it makes sense that grey works so well. Our grey kitchen door collections evolve every year with new textures, materials and different shades of grey; ensuring there’s something for everyone. Along with grey finishes, warm neutral tones have also soared in popularity. Cashmere has always proved one our most popular choices as a refreshing alternative to white, but in 2017 our new Taupe kitchen door became a strong contender. Matt wood kitchens have also made a comeback within the last few years. They are stylish, yet warm, and currently on trend as accents for framing furniture, or else as decorative wall and inset furniture shelving.

Neutral colours and warm woods
Neutral colours and warm woods

The Urban Industrial kitchen theme

The urban industrial kitchen theme is still very much on trend in 2018 and has given rise to the use of exciting new materials within kitchens. For 2017 we brought out our beautiful real stone and stone-effect kitchen doors…And for 2018 we followed with the introduction of our real concrete kitchen door. Strong, reliable and with great aesthetic appeal, this is a contemporary finish available for doors, worktops and side panels.

Also consistent with the Urban theme, darker colours are becoming much more prevalent for kitchens. Black kitchens are on the rise and great for creating a sense of drama, whilst dark inky blue tones also make an impressive statement- LWK Kitchens have experienced significant demand for this colour in in our popular Shaker kitchen style. Blue was the go-to colour of 2017 but likely this will continue for some time to come as it is timeless, elegant and at the same time very contemporary.

Industrial kitchen theme with real concrete kitchen island
Industrial kitchen theme with real concrete kitchen island

Statement metallic kitchen accents

Whilst handleless kitchens are set to stay, there has been a huge rise in the use of ornately decorative kitchen handles and taps, particularly in copper, bronze and rose gold. These stand out beautifully against matt kitchen doors, modern Shaker doors, or else a copper tap on a white Carrara worktop. And metallics aren’t limited to handles and taps but decorative elements such as oversized pendant lights, ornaments, or even copper saucepans all look great set against natural finishes.

Metallic kitchen accents
Metallic kitchen accents

Smart kitchen technology

The dominating objective of kitchen design is a marriage between science and design aesthetic, a perfect match that accommodates users’ needs. Kitchen tools and food supplies that facilitate easy and accessible use of the kitchen are on every consumer 'wish list' of modern times. And that wish list now includes many appliances that are operable from the touch of a button on a tablet or Smartphone. For example, washing machines and self-cook ovens both let you switch on and set the right programme remotely; stay-fresh fridges keep your food fresh for longer; and there are even fridges with built-in cameras so you don’t have to be home to check the contents of your fridge. Sensor-activated or app-controlled lights, speakers integrated within kitchen furniture and worksurfaces featuring phone and laptop charging stations are also becoming more and more prevalent within every day kitchens.

Smart kitchen appliance
Smart kitchen appliance

Multi-functional Kitchen islands

Where space permits, kitchen islands have always been sought after and act as hardworking, multifunctional units…But now that’s truer than ever! Increasingly, kitchen islands are blurring the roles of kitchen and living rooms into one. Whilst they still house a selection of appliances, their façades are comparable with living room décor; they appear softer, often with decorative open shelving, integrated wine racks or seating. Thin, veined stone worktops are also in demand for islands. Practical and hard wearing, these surfaces are ideal for prepping and cooking food. Yet, akin to fine dining tables, they form exquisite surfaces off which to eat, leaving the more traditional kitchen dining table entirely redundant.

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However kitchen trends change and continue to do so, what remains consistent is the need for aesthetic and ergonomic excellence within design. If you would like to take advantage of LWK Kitchen’s free expert design service then please email: [email protected] or call 020 7536 9266.

Multifunctional kitchen island
Multifunctional kitchen island