By Elie Johanne. Kitchen. Published at Saturday, December 23rd, 2017 - 22:24:12 PM.
OAK is back! Not the flame patterns of our childhood design-traumas, but the understated texture of rift or quartersawn oak. Sophisticated, sexy, subtle, smart. Multi-colored finishes on cabinetry are being used in new ways – as frames surrounding cabinet doors and drawers or a mix of wood finishes within the kitchen. New to the kitchen scene are light to medium finishes on white oak, reminiscent of British and Scandinavian cabinetry. Gorgeous! Matte finishes RULE this year.
Countertop trends for 2018 feature an old favorite, marble, especially seen in engineered stone. Marble patterns are so creatively designed in exaggerated blown-up patterns we saw last year and still love as well as a wide range of patterns that are almost coy – obviously faux but clearly marble-inspired. There is a noticeable turn away from the Calacattas and Carraras toward these (and natural) similar but different marble patterns. Wood countertops are trending in 2018 and nicely warm up the modern aesthetic. Engineered stone countertop colors (non marble) for 2018 are grays, mottled and soft concrete textures, leather finishes on the periphery and a bit of khaki colored stone on the horizon.
In general, kitchen design in 2018 is all about modern design with several variations on the theme. Little by little each year, function and aesthetics are equal players at the start of the design process. This means that art, collections and the visual aesthetic plays a more important part than ever. A small chip to the “form follows function” armor?
Make sure you add a buffer to your timeline, as you did with your budget. Unexpected issues can pop up that will cause the renovation to take more time than expected. Don’t get caught in a time crunch and leave yourself some extra time to complete your dream kitchen design.
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