A kitchen can’t be too techy these days! Hands-free faucets, fridges that remind you when to make a grocery run, and appliances you operate with a handheld device will become commonplace in ’18. Next up? How about a tap that delivers bubbly water or even coffee!
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No, Harry Potter fans—it’s not what you think! But upper wall cabinets will definitely be disappearing in 2018. Scrapping uppers makes kitchens feel larger and lets more light into the room; plus, folks have found that ceiling height storage is too inconvenient to access anyway.
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With upper cabinets waning—and nobody really ready to give up tools, supplies, and fodder—designers are devising hidden solutions to pick up the storage slack and make cagey use of available space. These include deeper drawers, corner drawers, pull-out pantries, fridge enclosures, and roll-out trays and caddies, often with a particular item in mind (linens, cutlery, pots and pans—there’s a new slot for whatever you’ve got!)
Islands in the Stream
The island that evolved from prep area to casual dining spot will continue to grow—literally—into the multi-purpose focal point of the kitchen and even the hub of the home, which is compatible with the increase in open-plan living. Islands in ’18 will be longer and larger, accommodate more storage and seating, and house more appliances.
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The porcelain and stainless steel sinks that ruled for years will make way for alternative materials like stone, copper, and concrete. Perhaps the newsiest idea is the composite sink, made of the same stuff as the countertop (such as composite quartz or granite), which creates a seamless look and simplifies cleaning and maintenance.
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Turn the Tile
Sorry, subway, your train has left the station! The familiar rectangle is now considered square, with tiles for 2018 coming in all shapes and sizes, and solid colors giving way to cool patterns. The idea is to bring the backsplash all the impact of printed wallpaper with greater durability.
One of the easiest ways to attain 2018’s new minimalism is with flat-paneled cabinet doors, as opposed to the raised panels of traditional kitchens. Flat panels can be super simple, with no visible knobs, or gain impact from a high gloss finish or clean-lined hardware. Sleek!
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The next strategy in America’s war on clutter is to “garage” our small appliances. Custom cabinetry is being designed with niches, drawers, and other out-of-sight places to conceal toasters, mixers, coffee makers, and more. The idea is to keep everyday necessities close at hand yet not in your direct line of vision.
We love our pets, but we don’t want to trip over their bowls (not to mention litter boxes!). So today’s kitchens are being designed with an eye toward Fido and Frisky. Consider a kitty cave or doggie bed housed in a cabinet, or a retractable feeding station built into a kick plate and operated with the touch of a toe!
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On the opposite end of the spectrum from glossy and glitz comes a rugged natural or industrial vibe. Think open shelving made from rough cut wood or pipes, bleached wood cabinet doors, exposed beams, and neutral colors and finishes for flooring.
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Nothing dates a house faster than an outmoded kitchen. The good news is that home trends tend to stick around for a few years (or many more) once they become popularized, which means homeowners who adopt these ideas now will likely enjoy them (and their resale value) for a long while to come.
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