If 2018 trends are any indication, kitchens are about to look very chic. This year, the trending materials, layouts, and shapes are less about the new and never-before-seen and more about time-tested elements mixed with modern shapes. The materials in our kitchens are seeing a revival of antiqued and matte patina—think less ostentatious and more understated. Contemporary detailing is mixed with classic accents to create a fresh yet timeless feel, and traditional layouts are being entirely revisited.
Lastly, every last detail is well thought out to create a more seamless look. Ready to dream up your ideal kitchen? The 2018 kitchen trends are ones to watch.
Denise Vasi's kitchen went viral online, and for good reason: The floor-to-ceiling marble wall is quite the statement. Of course, who doesn't love white marble, but in 2018, we're embracing colored and black marble as well as deeply veined slabs like the one above. Bethenny Frankel may not believe in veined marble (as evidenced in episode one of Bethenny & Fredrik), but we do.
The first time we saw this trend was in French designer Joseph Dirand's kitchen. Since then, we've seen the backsplash ledge everywhere—and it's incredibly chic. Interior designer Jean Charles Tomas demonstrated this trend particularly well in this Paris apartment. If you can spare the upper cabinet storage, try this immediately.
For years, shaker cabinets were all the rage, but increasingly, we've seen flat-front cabinetry popping up in kitchens everywhere, often in very moody, dark tones. If you're considering a kitchen remodel, try this minimal trend.
Classic hardware is nothing new, but there is one way in which it is used differently in 2018: in contemporary kitchens. Whereas we used to see these antique brass pulls with classic detailing in more traditional kitchens, classic hardware and faucets are now seen in contemporary settings—mixed with flat-front cabinets and backsplash shelves—giving kitchens a modern yet timeless look.
We've said it before: Terrazzo is making a major comeback, especially when it comes to larger, more colorful iterations of the classic Italian surface. We've seen it in flooring and tiles, but we're now also seeing it as a countertop or backsplash finish, which gives a space a unique, colorful touch.
Integrated appliances are all the rage in the age of minimal kitchens. Refrigerators and dishwashers are concealed behind cabinet doors, stoves are mounted in cabinetry, and now, we're seeing this trend go one step further. In this kitchen by Catherine Kwong, even the knobs of the stovetop are integrated into the lower cabinets, giving the space a seamless look.
This year brings humbler materials to the forefront. Whereas we previously saw glossy cabinets, brass, and glistening marble everywhere, we're now seeing honed marble, unfinished wood, and another popular choice: concrete. Used on flooring and countertops, concrete is a simple material that will stand the test of time.
In urban settings, kitchens are getting smaller, and we're seeing multiple iterations where kitchen islands are replaced by the next best thing: banquette seating—the dining solution that saves tons of space in a small room. Even in larger kitchens, we're seeing banquette seating mixed with a large island, providing tons of space to gather in the kitchen.
Even though many of 2018's trends skew toward a more minimal and modern approach, timeless finishes are celebrated this year. Classic wood cabinetry and antiqued metals are used in spaces that will feel timeless for generations to come. As Nate Berkus said, if the materials haven't been around since the 1920s, don't use them.
What is a classic kitchen layout? Countertops mixed with lower and upper cabinets—perhaps with an island in the middle. But increasingly, we're seeing a new kitchen layout: one where one wall is devoid of upper cabinets while another features floor-to-ceiling storage. The result? The same amount of storage (perhaps even more space) but with a more functional and aesthetically pleasing layout.
Gone are the days of the classic stainless steel sinks. Even farmhouse sinks are less coveted than they once were. The new hot trend is a built-in sink. Whether constructed out of a marble, stone, or concrete countertop, these sinks visually blend with the surface, creating a luxe, seamless look.