Some people smoke. Some people shop. But our vice? Spending a downright unholy amount of time looking at kitchen porn. Whether you’re actually looking to renovate in the year ahead or just love to drool over design, here are the seven hottest trends on the kitchen front.
Credit: Marie Flanigan Interiors
Open shelving is, of course, nothing new. What is new, however, is keeping your hardworking upper built-ins, but adding a pop of shelving as a high-design focal point. Think: metal ledges floated over a window or a clingy corner unit – like this beautiful feature wall by Marie Flanagan.
Credit: Erika Yeaman & Cody Ulrich
Au Naturel Wood
When it comes to wood in the kitchen, in-the-nude is in, guys. (We’re talking refined cabinets and countertops where the natural knots and grain really shine through.) Consider this polished wood kitchen by Erika Yeaman your 2018 answer to the fading reclaimed trend.
Credit: Tharon Anderson Design
Natural counters (see: marble, soapstone) have been the premiere kitchen splurge for years now. But for 2018, it’s all about quartz. The manmade material offers an indestructible worktop and the latest fabrications are honestly stunning. Sad to lose the look of natural stone? Pair your practical counters with an organic backsplash – as Tharon Anderson did (via Calacatta marble) in this dream kitchen.
Credit: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
When it comes to layout, discretion is the money word for 2018. Think separate chef’s kitchens hidden out of view, built-ins dedicated to appliance-hiding, and kitchens that don’t really look like kitchens at all. Exhibit A: this sleek and sneaky setup by Aimee Less, director of interior design at Rios Clementi Hale Studios.
Credit: Anne Hepfer & Virginia Macdonald
A natural reaction to the age of casual, open-concept living, built-in banquette situations are in high demand these days. What’s new about them for 2018? Getting all kinds of creative with their placement. Think: Building seating directly into your prep space or creating a cozy, U-shaped breakfast island to float across the kitchen – as Anne Hepfer did above.
In tune with the design movements of hygge and Wabi Sabi, earthy, heavily-textured tiles (Zellige, anyone?) are the premier backsplash choice of 2018. We love how this artful kitchen by Maggie Cruz mixes warm, old-worldy tiles with sleek, modern elements.
Credit: Jana Bek & Marta Perez
2017 ushered color into the kitchen with navy mania. With flamboyant purple as Pantone’s color of year and earthy green dominating Pinterest searches, is it any surprise that the 2018 color forecast is even more brave and saturated? And we’re not just talking paint: As seen in this fresh kitchen by Jana Bek, tile, backsplash, barstools, and decorative accents are all opportunities for a festive color punch.