9 Top Trends in Kitchen Design for 2018

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Decades ago, the kitchen was hidden in the back of the house. It was a place where meals were prepared and dirty dishes were washed. Fast forward to 2018 and the kitchen has a much different role. Today, the kitchen is the focal point of the home, the place that brings everyone together at the start of the day or after a long day way.  Now instead, the kitchen is paraded in all its beauty and warmth at the very center of the house.

Kitchens have changed a lot over the decades and planning for your kitchen remodel is very important. Technology advances and changing social dynamics have contributed greatly to the rise of the modern kitchen. There is a far bigger focus on open concept homes that revolve around the kitchen so everyone can be together. As with any modern design trend, clean and simple styles have become favorites for homeowners with natural light becoming an essential aspect of the overall look and function of the kitchen space.

With advice from design experts, here are the top 10 trends in kitchen design we expect to see in 2018.

1. Smart Kitchens

Technology has entered the kitchen in full force and not just in the form of fancy gadgets and appliances. Today, you can have a kitchen with technology integrated into every function and appliance–from the faucets to the fridge to the lighting. This is what we call a smart kitchen.

Smart kitchens are an evolving aspect of design. In fact, a lot of kitchens today are built smart from the ground up. For older kitchens, sensors, smart gadgets and other devices can be added to for convenience to the homeowner.

Easy add-ons are motion sense-equipped kitchen faucets that can sense the presence of hands underneath and will come on automatically or try a one-touch feature. Refrigerators that can alert you when your groceries items are running low or a coffee maker programmed to have your coffee ready when you wake up. There is also a gadget that monitors your eggs, telling you which ones are almost going bad. Do not forget to update your lighting system–allowing you to control all the lights from your smartphone or tablet.

Technology integrated kitchens are becoming more popular as homeowners experiment with novel technologies. This is one of the biggest trends going into 2018.

2. Cabinet Colors: White Stays, Gray Gets Elegant and Dark Paint Colors are the New Thing

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White is still a big favorite for kitchen cabinets. Homeowners love it for its clean look, which is especially beneficial in a space that tends to get cluttered. White cabinets are simply beautiful and timeless and can be used in almost any kind of kitchen style. We expect white to remain a popular cabinet color in 2018 and probably for years to come. To break up the all-white kitchen expect to see islands in a variety of different paint colors or wood stain colors. The mixing of finishes create a needed accent piece and additional pops-of-color for the brave of heart.

As popular as white cabinets are, grey is the second choice for many. Grey cabinets are like a chameleon of sorts. Versatile for any look or project. Grey cabinets work great when paired with natural elements, glamour accents, or none at all.

White and grey seem to be the two big cabinet colors going into 2018 still. Their modern clean look will keep them as favorites for years. But there is another color palette slowly making its way into the kitchen–dark jewel tones: black, navy, emerald green and even plum.  It will surprise you at how well dark kitchen cabinets can work in and/or enhance a kitchen space with its dramatic and luxurious feel.

Dark kitchen cabinets portray full-on elegance and a deep rich luxurious atmosphere that the other options just don’t.  They cast the kitchen in a subtle dramatic essence.   However, you have to be careful that it does not overpower the room, making it feel perpetually dark. But more and more homeowners are getting bolder and opting for a kitchen with dark cabinet colors in 2018. While a darker color palate may not be the new white anytime soon, it certainly will get more popular with time.

Related: The Psychology of Why Gray Kitchen Cabinets Are So Popular

3. Streamlined Designs, Materials and Textures

While styles like farmhouse and mid-century modern are still popular, homeowners are getting more streamlined in their overall aesthetic, designs and alternative materials for kitchens. Stress-free environments are what you would like to come home too, and drown out the day to day stresses of life.  Which usually means, simplicity.  Take a look at our home remodeling portfolio for design ideas.

Removing upper wall cabinets has become a growing trend in the last few years since it opens up the visual space making the kitchen appear much larger and brighter.  It allows you to utilize the countertop space more productively.  Not to mention, most people can’t reach what is on the top shelves of the cabinetry anyway.  Although open shelves would be a great alternative if the added storage space is needed or a focal point element was desired.

When we say streamlined, we don’t want to equate that with boring.  So, consider materials with texture.  If you are using open shelving, rough cut wood to bring in natural elements or metal tubing for a more industrial attitude. Floor tiles in a natural stone or backsplash tiles that are sculpted, beveled, or stacked make for the perfect focal point.  These interesting textures are very different than the usual polished or glossy finishes we see everywhere. You may even want to consider a ceiling treatment to bring in that added punch.  Coffered, tray, and wood beams are the perfect choices to consider.

4. Quartz is Still King

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For high-end kitchen countertops, quartz still reigns supreme. The material is extremely hardy, can last virtually forever, is a breeze to maintain and is anti-microbial. Granite, the main competitor in the high-end bracket, requires slightly more maintenance.

When quartz countertops first came into the market, the main worry was lack of variety in terms of colors and finishes. But with time, thanks to technology, manufacturers have provided a wide range of colors to choose from as well as realistic stone patterns. You can even get quartz finished with elaborate swirls and large veining to imitate other materials like natural stone. These unique styles have become immensely popular.

But there is a notable trend toward softer and more neutral colors. More and more homeowners are opting for colors like: grey, taupe, creamy or white finishes. The pattern preferences have changed to veining from particulates that we’ve seen in past years. This definitely follows the trend towards cleaner styles seen in most home spaces.

While we are still on the topic of countertops, it is important to mention the rising popularity of composite sinks. These are sinks made from the same material as the countertop.  This creates a cleaner uniform look and makes cleaning and maintenance much easier. However, it is going to be a tough battle against the still very popular stainless steel and farmhouse sinks.

5. Effective Storage Solution Cabinetry

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One of the biggest annoyances with kitchen cabinetry is the unnecessary waste of space. The way the basic shelves and drawers are structured leaves a lot of wasted space. Worst of all, available space is often too small for some of your larger things or the opposite: it’s too wide and does not give you a way to properly and efficiently organize the space.

One of the foundations to a functional kitchen is kitchen storage. If it is inadequate or ineffective, you will be faced with endless frustrations and challenges. To counter these storage challenges, homeowners are starting to look for better storage solutions within the cabinetry. These can include: appliances garages for small appliance, drawer dividers for cutlery & utensils, pull-outs for spices, tray dividers, roll-out trays and caddies for pots & pans; as well as wastebasket cabinets for garbage and recyclables and/or deep drawers. These will make it easier to store foods, drinks and small appliances.

2018 will also see a range of new kitchen storage options throughout the whole kitchen–focused on making daily lives more effortless and making cooking fun.

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6. Appliances: New Styles and Preferences

If the kitchen is going to face a revolution, the appliances will not be left behind. One of the hottest trends we are seeing for 2018 is gray-toned appliances in a dark brushed metal finish.   Stainless steel appliances have dominated the market for quite some time, so seeing a different finish come into play is not surprising.  Traditionally appliances are sold in suites, but occasionally you will find a refrigerator in red or the vintage style range in a blue and so on.  This is definitely a departure from the once traditional all-white appliances. However, homeowners seem willing to experiment with a wider range of tones around the kitchen these days.

Even the interest in “must-have” commercial ranges seems to be fading a little. More and more kitchens want to include induction cook-tops with separate single wall ovens. This trend can be more expensive than commercial ranges and often take up more space. But as in many of these trends, aesthetics is a major issue.   More homeowners are wanting a changeover from the more common commercial range look.

Changes are also happening in the oven world.  Steam ovens are fast becoming the new “must-have” appliance. They cook food much faster, retain food nutrients and flavor better than conventional ovens. Leaving your meals juicy and delicious just like if you were dining out.  Are you limited on aisle space, then consider getting a French Door wall oven.  Not only are they stylish looking they can come equipped with Bluetooth so that you can control oven functions remotely from your smartphone.  Stuck in traffic, worry no more.

7. Hardwood Flooring is Still the Shining Star but Ceramic Tile is on its Heels

Hardwood flooring is still very popular when it comes to kitchen flooring. But the second most popular option, ceramic flooring, is about to get more attention. Thanks to technology, ceramic flooring now comes in a wide variety of designs and styles and sizes.

For example, you can get ceramic tiles that look exactly like hardwood flooring. So if you want to retain the hardwood look but wanted a material that is easier to maintain, consider using ceramic. In addition to wood, ceramic tiles can be designed to resemble a range of other materials including natural stone. Even the surface texture is changed to mimic these materials.

In terms of size, you do not have to go for traditional sizing any longer. It seems like the sky is the limit with variety and larger format tiles. You can get single plank tiles that resemble actual wide planks of hardwood once laid down on the floor. Or you can get custom cut tiles to create a uniquely patterned kitchen.

Related: Hardwood Flooring Trends: Our Comprehensive Selection Guide

8. Single Level Multipurpose Kitchen Islands

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Kitchen islands are no longer an afterthought or something small to squeeze into the space. They have become focal points and the hub of the kitchen. One of the changes emerging is the single level larger sizing, serving multiple uses; especially since we are seeing less wall cabinet space in kitchen design. The kitchen island is meant to create an impact, and its design must make a statement.

The 2018 larger kitchen islands will become the jack-of-all-trades. They will have storage solution cabinets and be fitted with various under-counter appliances while also providing seating–serving as a casual dining and/or drinking bar. To accommodate the increased size, we are seeing a tendency for the kitchen island to extend into living room spaces in homes with open plan designs. This ensures the kitchen island can be multi-functional without cluttering up space in the kitchen.

9. Pet-Friendly Spaces in the Kitchen

The kitchen can be a hazardous place for babies and pets if you are not careful. While we try really hard to babyproof the cooking area; we do not think much about pet-friendly spaces in the kitchen. But 2018 is bringing along some great ideas for a pet-friendly kitchen.  If you are considering what flooring to choose for your pet-friendly space, check out this article, How to Choose the Best Flooring For Pets.

One great idea is a feeding station. This is usually a the end of a cabinet run or in the corner where you can set up your pet food storage cabinet, feeding station, toys and anything else pet-related.  You can even design a kitchen island with a built-in doggy bed underneath the countertop. If you have cats and a little extra money to spend, consider a slide at one corner of the room where they can play until they are exhausted.

Conclusion

Let these upcoming trends serve as design ideas for your 2018 kitchen renovation or new home construction. These ideas combine the best in functionality and aesthetics to create the ultimate kitchen.

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51 Comments

  1. Troy Blackburn April 17, 2017 at 10:11 am - Reply

    That’s really cool that islands have become more of a focal point in kitchens than they have in past years. I’ve heard that people are tending to lean more towards open, clear space, too, so that they don’t feel trapped in the kitchen. I’ll be sure to remember this great information as my wife and I get ready to remodel our kitchen this summer and want to make sure that we do it right.

  2. Leviticus Bennett April 18, 2017 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    I love the multi-purpose islands you mentioned. I’m hoping to install one into my home soon. I love to cook and spend most of my time in the kitchen at home, so it seems like a good investment.

  3. Russ William April 21, 2017 at 1:11 am - Reply

    It’s becoming increasingly popular to integrate appliances and workstations into the design of a kitchen to create a sense of flow and cohesion. It’s important to ensure that appliances such as fridges and microwaves don’t dominate the aesthetic of your kitchen and this focus stops your kitchen looking cluttered and busy.

    • Patricia Greeson June 2, 2017 at 11:05 am - Reply

      White interior design ideas for the are kitchen plentiful, and a white kitchen, contrary to popular misconception, does not have to be stark and cold. There are many variations of the white kitchen theme that can be perfectly adapted for your own home. Here are just a few of our favorite suggestions for beautiful white kitchens!

  4. Danni Black May 5, 2017 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I really like what you said about black cabinets and how they portray full-on elegance and a deep luxurious atmosphere! Some of our neighbors just got black cabinets and I really like the design feel and what it brings to the room. We are going to be redoing ours in the next few weeks so I’ll have to keep these tips in mind! I think going with black would be really smart because it goes with so many different colors.

  5. Sandra Hexner June 28, 2017 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    You are so right that things are getting more contemporary and edgier this year. I want to have very cool colors and then in contrast, have electroplated copper accents throughout our entire kitchen. We start the demo of our kitchen today for the remodel, so I better decide what I want fast. Thanks!

  6. Richard Shuler July 11, 2017 at 3:44 am - Reply

    Excellent post. We faced a similar dilemma on what hood to install over an island induction hob in an open plan kitchen with a 3.1m high ceiling. We are building a very airtight house with mechanical ventilation and heat recovery thrown in as well, meaning we can’t vent to the outside (that realization took a while to dawn on us). Our hood, therefore, has to remove grease particles from the air but not the moisture in the steam – and I think the grease filters have to be easy enough to access so I am likely to run them through the dishwasher, as the manufacturers recommend. We are going with one of these:

  7. Tel Kitchens September 7, 2017 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Really excellent thanks for sharing the great post.

  8. Premier Restoration September 12, 2017 at 5:38 am - Reply

    Great list of kitchen trends. I really like what you shared about top kitchen trends. Keep sharing…

  9. Ken Hwan September 13, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I really like the black cabinet trends you mentioned, they can provide a deep rich luxurious atmosphere. I think they’d look great in a home that’s modern with the right hardware to pair with the cabinets. I think brushed nickel, which looks especially good with darker colors.

  10. Taylor September 23, 2017 at 1:09 am - Reply

    Excellent home remodeling ideas.

  11. Sarah Lancaster October 6, 2017 at 7:23 am - Reply

    I really like how you included that white cabinets are great for cluttered spaces because it makes the home look clean and almost gives it a bigger feel. A couple years ago, my mom and I took on a DIY project and painted all of our cabinets white! It transformed our kitchen from a small and cluttered room to an open and modern feel. White cabinets are very classy in my opinion. You cannot go wrong with them! Thanks so much for sharing this! I really appreciate the cabinet trends shared. I will be sure to use these tips in the future!

  12. Braden Bills October 9, 2017 at 8:05 am - Reply

    I’m trying to decide what I should do for my kitchen design. It makes sense that I would want to look at some popular trends! Maybe I should invest in some quartz things, like countertops. It’s always been a great, stylish material to use!

  13. Rachel Smith October 11, 2017 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Thanks for all those interesting ideas. The kitchen can once again become the space where the entire family gets together each day for some quality time. What might also be appealing to a lot of homeowners is the value it adds to the home, thereby helping raise the asking price. These days, there are so many great options for kitchen design, from bamboo sinks to detachable pot fillers in faucets and more. Remodeling the kitchen can become quite an exciting project.

  14. Chris October 15, 2017 at 9:32 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I must bookmark it!

  15. Becca Holton November 17, 2017 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    I totally agree that you got to keep appliances in mind when you’re updating your kitchen. I’m planning on having my kitchen remodels sometime next year. It’s taking a little longer since I want to save enough to avoid both my dream kitchen and appliances that will complement the design.

  16. Zeel Kitchens November 30, 2017 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Wow! This is so nice. Nice trends in kitchen design.

  17. Rachel Smith December 18, 2017 at 7:37 am - Reply

    This is such an informative article. You have given such brilliant ideas to remodel a kitchen. Trends come and go, but the need for effective storage solutions, remain a constant factor in making decisions about kitchen remodeling. The rise in need for smart kitchens can be attributed to this need. Our lives have become so fast paced, that we now also want our kitchens to make our lives easier. I also liked the concept of making kitchens safer for pets and babies. A lot of accidents happen in the kitchen, one must look out for solutions that can be easily altered in the future.

  18. Jaque Christo December 26, 2017 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Thank you for the post on the 9 top trends in kitchen design. I really like the idea of the multipurpose kitchen island. I think having the extra space to prepare food and have some of the appliances like the range or small freezer in it are great additions to help give you more cabinet space.

  19. Gabrella December 27, 2017 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Such a useful article. You have given many great ideas to create comfortable kitchen. There always is too much stuff and too little space for them. Your solutions are so smart and make all work easier. I’m planning on having my kitchen remodel sometime in spring but now I’m stuck with decor. Work takes away a huge part of my time so usually I buy eveerything online. I love those lamps in the “Quartz is Still King” section. Anyway, I love your classy modern style. Keep going. Good luck.

  20. Owen Blake January 10, 2018 at 3:51 am - Reply

    Like bathroom design, kitchen design is important and to remodel the kitchen you should first set the budget plan. According to the budget, decide on the flooring material of the kitchen. Then decide which appliances you should buy.

  21. Josh January 27, 2018 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Great kitchen photography!

  22. Ramgopal Seshan January 28, 2018 at 6:15 am - Reply

    Thank God. It’s the right time that I am landing on this post. I have just started browsing some modular kitchen designs for my new home. This post was so useful and a guiding light to my further research.

  23. Kevin January 30, 2018 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    No doubt, the kitchen is the heart of the home. These are cool designs of kitchens. Thanks for the ideas.

  24. Akshay February 9, 2018 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing wonderful ideas, kitchen faucets you are using are absolutely stunning. Keep posting more.

  25. JM February 9, 2018 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    Fantastic site.

  26. Keith Roberts February 18, 2018 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Storage efficiency or rather inefficiency is something I am dealing with these days, since I’ve moved into my new home a month ago. Finding new ways of utilizing small storage spaces and designing more interesting kitchen cabinets is on the top of my trendy list. Anyway, for those who (like me) plan some renovations this year, this is an interesting blog with advice from the pros.

  27. Nathann Vincent February 19, 2018 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    Its very helpful and informative. Great job! keep it up.

  28. Aaron March 1, 2018 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Number 5 is so smart!!! I love this article! Thanks!

  29. Chris March 4, 2018 at 1:27 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the latest trends in kitchen design. I am bookmarking this!

  30. Troy Garland March 7, 2018 at 1:23 am - Reply

    Nice post and very helpful for the Top Trends in Kitchen Design for 2018. I have many ideas for a new kitchen design. Thanks you.

  31. SuchandSuch March 26, 2018 at 3:02 am - Reply

    Adorable designs! Kitchen design is one of the most important activities. Here I got some great ideas for designing my new kitchen. Thanks for sharing the great article.

  32. Hannah Berry March 26, 2018 at 5:30 am - Reply

    This list is completely perfect… you have included everything one could think of while designing kitchen. These will really help while renovating the kitchen of my home.

  33. Smith March 30, 2018 at 6:15 am - Reply

    Dark kitchen cabinets also give the kitchen a really different feel. Keep up the good work, your blog is great!

  34. Oniry April 17, 2018 at 5:39 am - Reply

    Excellent kitchen ideas. So far the best from I’ve read from others. Thank you!

  35. Beckie May 10, 2018 at 11:23 am - Reply

    I have the 1980’s honey oak cabinets. They are shaker style so they don’t look bad. I’m on a budget and wanted to update on the cheap. I was thinking of staining them with a Nutmeg stain. Could they work with today’s more contemporary style? Our home style is Traditional but I’m hoping to get a more Transitional look.

    • Bryan Sebring May 11, 2018 at 1:36 pm - Reply

      Hi Beckie, if the style is truly similar to today’s shaker cabinetry, then I’m sure that would look nice. Most of our projects tend to be painted white cabinetry, maybe that would be a direction to consider as well. Best of luck on your project. -Bryan

  36. Dylan Foo May 13, 2018 at 4:20 am - Reply

    Great ideas for kitchen decor. I like white as the primary color with a mixture of dark grey. Very informative article on the multipurpose kitchen islands, I have some ideas now on how to utilize the space. Thank you!

  37. David May 15, 2018 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Good Evening,

    My wife and agree the article was written for our current project. my questions are
    1. I am being told white white is the way to go in cabinets due to the lighting changes with bulbs. do you agree?
    2. If I do white cabinets with the quartz- what color should my walls in the kitchen be?

    • Bryan Sebring May 21, 2018 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Hi David,

      White cabinets with white countertops is a nice look, have you considered white with grey countertops for contrast? Secondly, the wall color depends upon what color you choose for the quartz, greys and greiges (grey-beige) are nice. Hope that helps, have a nice day!

      -Bryan

  38. Golam May 17, 2018 at 7:29 am - Reply

    Hello, this is an outstanding post. You put some unique idea to design an extraordinary kitchen. at the same time, you mention some cost-effective way to design of kitchen. Thanks again buddy.

  39. Morrow Joshua May 17, 2018 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing fantastic Ideas. Awesome Keep up the good work.

  40. Dylan F May 21, 2018 at 9:35 am - Reply

    Great sharing of the kitchen decor ideas. One of my favorite spots to hangout.

  41. Sharon C. Zamora May 23, 2018 at 12:43 am - Reply

    It is a very good article for me. I have just started some modular kitchen designs for my new home. Thanks for a good article for kitchen design.

  42. Sarah Mueller May 25, 2018 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Love the picture of that island! The L-shaped kitchen with an island is definitely the “in” layout for 2018.

  43. Chambers June 11, 2018 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Love all these design ideas. Every homeowner must be happy finding this post.

  44. June Adams June 23, 2018 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Thanks for the ceramic flooring idea. Probably gonna use that in my kitchen flooring. Cheers!

  45. Frank June 28, 2018 at 7:44 am - Reply

    Thanks! Most of them are really unique kitchen design ideas. There are also many custom cabinets designs.

  46. Jane July 12, 2018 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing.

  47. Dylan F July 12, 2018 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    I’m thinking of renovating my whole kitchen, which currently looks so empty and plain. Quartz and a multipurpose island kitchen sounds like a good idea. Thanks for sharing Bryan!

  48. Heinrich September 2, 2018 at 7:20 am - Reply

    Your tips and ideas are super cool and really beneficial to enhance anyone’s home decor.

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