What’s hot and what’s not in kitchens this year

June 5, 2018

Say goodbye to the stainless steel appliances and glass-door cabinetry. According to Elle Décor US, islands are still the go-to destination in most American hearths and homes—but five other trends deserve consideration, if you are renovating your kitchen for maximum charm, convenience, and return on investment.

  1. Expect to see cabinets in “moody, ocean-inspired hues. “Blues and greens emerged as ‘go-to’ color choices for cabinetry in 2017, Elle Décor notes. They are being mixed with other colors, complementing wood stains or even being used as the dominant color alone,” Stephanie Pierce, director of Design & Trends at MasterBrand Cabinets told the magazine.
  2. All-violet everything. Yes,violet. The color experts at Pantone have chosen Ultra Violet as the color of the year. As Shannon Zapala of glassware brand Goverre explains, “This dramatic color exudes a feeling of luxury and elegance.”
  3. Dark countertops. Dark, deep countertops are the order of the day Renee Hytry Derrington, global design lead at the Formica Group said in an interview with Elle Decor. “Homeowners were intrigued with slate tiles that came in black, dark green and multi-colored rust tones. We wanted to design a slate option for countertops that had the same natural cleft detail—but combined with the growing interest in dramatic black stones. Basalt Slate is the result, and one of our most popular designs this year.”
  4. Mix-and-Match Finishes: The days of monochromatic kitchens are far behind us, according to Sue Wadden, the director of color marketing at Sherwin-Williams. “Using multiple colors in kitchens has become a popular trend this year. For example, painting base walls or cabinets in a dark charcoal tone and upper cabinets and walls in creamy off-white tones is something we’re seeing more and more of.”
  5. High-Contrast Marble; Finally, interior designer Donna Mondi told Elle Décor that the latest “it” look is dramatic marble that makes a statement—noting, “”Marble countertops with high contrast bold veining are making quite a statement. It’s perfect for book-matching to create intense drama, or doing as a waterfall down the sides of the island. Either way this new trend is one to watch as I think it’ll be going strong for years to come.

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