With so many new kitchen design trends out there, it can be challenging to stay on top of the latest trends. Fortunately, you do not need to dig through the most recent home design magazine to find the most popular kitchen designs. Here are some of the latest upgrades and redesigns you can try which will bring your kitchen into the modern age.
Top Twelve Kitchen Design Inspirations
Getting inspiration for a kitchen design can be hard. For one thing, it may be hard to stay on top of the latest home design trends. While perusing Pinterest can be fun, you never know if you like a kitchen design based on the quality of its style, just your personal preference in design. If you are a homeowner interested in selling their house, then you usually want to appeal to the largest denomination on buyers.
This process means staying on top of the latest design trends for 2018.
Keeping a modern kitchen design might seem like a hassle, but it can significantly improve your
property’s buying potential — after all the kitchen is one of the most critical parts of the house. Luckily, we compiled a list of the latest design inspirations that are sweeping across cuisines all over the world. If you are interested in triggering that little light bulb in your head, then check some of them out.
1. Go Darker With Cabinet Paint Colors
While the refreshing openness of white colors will likely remain a timeless staple of most kitchens, designers recently started utilizing darker color to an unprecedented degree. However, too much white — on the walls and the cabinets — can be a bit overwhelming to the senses and may distract from some of the other nice features of your kitchen. As such, an excellent gray or dark blue or black color can provide some much need balance to the room. Not to mention, it will not appear as dirty when everyday messes occur.
We recommend painting your cabinets dark gray, dark green, navy, dark purple or black if you want to add a touch of delicious decadence. But make sure you do not go too far with the dark colors. Just like white can overpower a room, so also can dark colors quickly consume your kitchen design.
2. Think About Turning Your Kitchen Into a Smart Kitchen
Kitchens are starting to enter the twenty-first century, and that means goodbye to rustic country-style and hello to technological convergence. Smart kitchens are kitchens that have the latest technology built into almost every facet of their design. For example, you may control lighting systems with a phone app.
You can build surround sound speakers into the walls, and the faucet features a hands-free start or stops motion sensor. Smart kitchens likely have coffee machines that can be programmed to make coffee for you and refrigerators that check the status of your food quality and supply. These are just a few of the potential areas the technology and kitchen design is started to converge. It will be interesting to see what modern smart kitchens will look like in twenty or thirty years.
3. Stick With More Simple Designs and Styles
While decorating old design schemes of traditional kitchens and quaint clutter of country kitchens might appeal to some people, the trend in 2018 and beyond seems to be a more minimalistic approach. Subtle color scheme and furniture design are key here. You may also consider taking our some of the upper cabinets in your kitchen. Often these cabinets go unused which is a big waste of space. Removing some of them will make your kitchen seem more open and inviting.
4. Install Quartz Countertops
Besides the fact that it looks stunning in the most kitchen, quartz also comes with a variety of benefits. It is comfortable to maintain and clean, and it is naturally resistant to microscopic bacteria. While marble provides a lot of the same interests and style, it is slightly more expensive than quartz. The main issue with quartz in the past was the lack of color diversity and finishes available. But recently developers have found a way to make intricate swirls and colors available that will the design of almost every kitchen style.
5. Place a kitchen island
Everyone loves a good kitchen island: they become the focal point of conversation and gathering. However recently astute kitchen designers have started combining appliances with countertop islands.
Putting an oven, microwave, or mini fridge at the bottom of your island can make room for more space in your kitchen. Just make sure you do not skimp out when it comes to island counter material. As we mentioned in the last tip: you cannot go wrong with quartz.
6. Use Alternative Storage Cabinet Solutions
The tall, vertical nature of most shelves and cabinets in kitchens makes it extremely inconvenient for storing objects. Unless you are an expert stacker, thinks quickly topple over on each other. And, if you want something at the very bottom of the cabinet, then you need to remove almost everything to get it.
Shelves can help, but you still need to reach around them to get objects.
Luckily, there is a more natural way. One popular trend for maximizing storage space is pullout cabinets with multiple layers of storage. This way you can quickly grab whatever it is you need without upsetting the organization of the rest of the storage space. Other methods include replacing one large vertical cabinet with multiple small square ones. Again, this method takes advantage of previously unused space at the top of the structure.
7. Match Your Appliances With Your Kitchen’s Design
While this design tip is indeed not a requirement, matching your kitchen appliances to the color or style scheme of your kitchen can truly transform your kitchen. While stainless steel used to be the default method, many cuisines are returning to the retro days of the fifties and sixties with refrigerators. If one of your appliances is a stainless steel color, try and make sure all of them remain that color.
8. Go With Hardwood or Ceramic Tile for Kitchen Flooring
While linoleum and vinyl flooring option are usually passable — albeit underwhelming — flooring option, hardwood and ceramic tile remain at the top of the everyone kitchen snob’s checklist. These floors compliment almost every kitchen design and thanks to the customizable nature of ceramic tile; you can switch it up however you see fit.
9. Consider a Background Mirror
Bars and bathrooms often utilize this design tip quite frequently — a large mirror can give people in a room the illusion of more space. They also provide the illusion of more light since it gives light rays a reflective service to bounce off. As such, they should be utilized by kitchens without a lot of natural light coming in. Otherwise, the kitchen may appear far too bright.
10. Light Wall Colors Can Give Off the Feeling of More Space
When you are choosing the color of your kitchen wall, you cannot go wrong with lighter colors, like whites, beiges and baby blues. The lights colors make the kitchen brighter and visually expand the parameters of the room. These lighter colors can also accent a particularly strong feature in the kitchen, like say a window with a beautiful view, or a striking piece of art. Make sure you remember our advice about cabinet color. Do not be afraid to match the cabinets to the wall, or change them up entirely.
11. Open Shelves Can Be Attractive and Functional
If you do decide you want to get rid of your upper cabinets, or you need more storage space and have a free open wall, then we recommend installing open shelves. While this method of design might seem a little strange, nine out of tens times it dramatically improves the appearance of a kitchen. In addition to providing an attractive, nothing-hidden feel to your kitchen, open shelves also make cooking way more convenient. No more rushing around the kitchen to wash your hands before opening a cabinet — all you have to do is reach for the glass or dish you want.
12. Do Not Forget About Good Lighting
Unfortunately, all too often good lighting in a kitchen design gets put to the side. This problem is unfortunate because good lighting is crucial not only for highlighting the features of your kitchen design but also for cooking itself. If you have one poorly situated source of light, then it can be hard to prepare meals at night or find the exact ingredient you need. Try and be smart about where you put your light views and what the light reveals. Try and be both practical and stylish.
We hope this article gave you some ideas for your next kitchen redesign. Today’s kitchen is starting place a higher emphasis on functionality over style. As such, we recommend that you streamline the design of your kitchen. As long as you think practically and maintain a unified theme, your kitchen should turn out great.
Good luck out there!