Some interior designers—like Nate Berkus—firmly believe that the best kitchens are entirely timeless, but that doesn't mean we don't ooh and ahh at the latest trends to emerge on the design scene. We might even argue that the best trends are often deeply rooted in the past but have been given a fresh new twist. The proof: Some of our favorite kitchen trends this year are ones that have resurfaced from decades past: from breakfast banquettes à la Mad Men to tiled countertops and islands reminiscent of the South of France.
Looking to renovate your kitchen this year or even simply give it a little lift? We outlined the biggest kitchen trends that are going be huge in 2017 and 2018. Whether you're building a home from scratch or simply giving your countertops a lift, there's a little something for everyone. Stay ahead of the curve—these new trends are not only chic but also have the potential to become instant classics.
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We're not saying that we no longer love marble waterfall kitchen islands, but there's another trend that's surfacing this year: tiled kitchen islands. While unexpected, this colorful trend has one major advantage: It can be extremely budget-friendly.
Another trend we did not see coming is wainscot kitchen cabinets, but these are increasing in popularity not only in the kitchen but really in any type of built-in storage. Get ready to see many more iterations of this modern take on a trusted classic.
Hidden Range Hoods
While statement range hoods may have been all the rage in recent years, interior designers are now opting for the exact opposite: range hoods hidden by simple seamless gyprock. Statement ranges, however, are not going anywhere.
Extra-Thick Marble Slabs
Marble is still on the table as far as kitchen trends go, but its 2017 iteration is extra thick. But if you don't have tens of thousands of dollars to spend on a three-inch-thick slab of marble, there's a workaround: an extra-thick border that gives the appearance of a solid slab.
Open floors plans have largely replaced closed kitchens, but one relic of kitchens of the past are reappearing in modern kitchens everywhere: built-in breakfast banquettes. More casual than formal dining tables, this setup is particularly popular for young families.
Untreated wood, concrete, plywood—kitchens everywhere are making a return to simple and raw materials. Now is the time to step off the brass pedal and get back to more subdued finishes.
There's another trend that's speaking to our OCD tendencies: floor-to-ceiling storage. Homeowners seem to be foregoing kitchen counter space in favor of more storage space (and a larger kitchen island to prep). This an ideal setup for larger spaces.
Next up: Calling it—this is the kitchen of your dreams.