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, like us, just love to drool over design, here are the seven hottest trends on the kitchen front.
7 Kitchen Design Trends That Are Poised to Be Huge in 2018
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 blingy corner unit—like this beautiful feature wall by Marie Flanigan.
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 Homepolish designer, Erika Yeaman, your 2018 answer to the fading reclaimed trend.
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.
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.
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 'em 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.