Kitchen Trends from 2018
November 9, 2018
With 2018 almost behind us, it’s a good time to look back at some of the trends that prevailed in kitchens this year. This year was one in which home decor started trending away from the cooler, muted tones of the past few years and moving towards bold, expressive statements. Gone are the rooms made of fifty shades of grey; in their stead, we have an interesting mix of colours, shapes, and patterns that make your kitchen reflect your personal touch.
The colours of 2018 are bright, bold and beautiful. This year, we’ve seen a surge of pastels; they can be found on backsplashes, accent walls, and even appliances. They serve well to create bold contrast to the usual greys and beiges seen in most modern kitchen, and immediately catch the eye. Part of this trend is an eye for the retrofuturism made popular in the 1950s; old appliances, like mint green rounded refrigerators, are making a comeback.
The way we used space changed quite a bit in 2018. As part of the trend toward personal flair, upper cabinets have been largely replaced by shelving, a lovely way of displaying the dishware and decor you’ve accumulated over the years, and a great way to add interest to the room. Lower level cabinetry has stayed linear and discrete, but the handles we use for our cabinets and drawers have begun to show bright, contrasting colours; another way to add a bit of pizzazz to the kitchen. The space in kitchen islands is being well used; there are islands on wheels, or even with built-in wine racks.
With a trend towards the dramatic, it’s no surprise that hidden is a quality we’ve seen a lot of in 2018 kitchens; not the kitchen itself, thankfully, but what’s inside. Appliances are often hidden away behind sliding panels, which creates an a-ha! moment for anyone who wanders in wondering where the dishwasher is. Concealed lighting was another popular trend; inside cabinets or under the countertop of your island, kitchens began to exude warmth from everywhere, but with no discernable source.
Some trends from 2017 remained; blue kitchens are still incredibly popular, as is the industrial mixed-metal look. The nice thing about these looks is it’s possible to incorporate other 2018 design trends with them; blue kitchens can look amazing with a bit of hidden lightning, and industrial style kitchens with shelves instead of upper cabinets look fantastic with metallic looking dishware.
Cambria quartz countertops remain a popular option no matter which kitchen trend you followed in 2018, because of their durability and the variety of patterns and colours they come in. You can use the countertops as a neutral to a backsplash of pastel colours, or they can add texture and interest to a mostly-blue kitchen. 2018 was all about expressing yourself, and with the wide variety of quartz countertops available, homeowners were bound to find something that called their name.