The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where you make delicious meals for your family, where kids do homework and where all the best parties end up gravitating to. But if this focal point of your home is starting to seem a bit… dated, then it may be time for an upgrade. Here are some of our favourite kitchen trends for 2018.

1. Smart Kitchens

Technology is no longer just for your family room entertainment centre! It has now made its way into the kitchen. “Smart kitchens” are integrating tech into appliances, lighting and even faucets.

Motion sensors for lights and faucets can help you save on utilities and you can even have a refrigerator that lets you know when you’re getting low on groceries. Furthermore, there are ovens that are equipped with Bluetooth which you can control with your smartphone or tablet!

2. Kitchens Cabinet Colours

Kitchen cabinets are getting more colourful in 2018. White cabinets are still very popular with their clean and classic look, but they are quickly being overtaken by elegant shades of grey and plum. Two-tone cabinets are another option that many homeowners are going for as it provides a unique and modern look.

3. Minimalism is Making a Come-Back

More and more homeowners want their kitchen to be a tranquil and stress-free environment. For this reason, they are streamlining designs by removing upper cabinets and using open shelving. The goal is to make space as open and as bright as possible.

4. Quartz Countertops

Quartz has always been a great choice for countertops due to its durability and affordability compared to other natural stone. It is extremely easy to care for, and thanks to advances in its manufacturing, quartz is available in a wide array of colours and patterns.

5. Creative Storage Solutions for Kitchens

Storage is an ongoing challenge for kitchens everywhere, but in 2018 we see homeowners getting more creative than ever with innovative solutions such as appliance garages, drawer dividers, multi-tiered drawers and roll-out trays.

6. Kitchen Appliance Trends

This year we are seeing many great new trends in appliances both in appearance and functionality. While stainless steel has been popular for a long time, the newest trend is a dark brushed metal finish. In terms of functionality, commercial ranges are giving way to induction cook-tops paired with single wall ovens.

Steam ovens are also becoming very popular as they cook food faster and retain both nutrients and flavour better than convection ovens.

7. Ceramic Tile Flooring

While we expect hardwood to be popular for a long time to come, ceramic tiles are also high in demand due to the abundance of choices it gives homeowners in terms of design and style. It is even possible to get ceramic tile that looks just like hardwood which is great for homeowners who love the appearance of hardwood but want a lower maintenance material.

If you are considering a kitchen upgrade for the New Year, consider some of the ideas listed above to help bring your space into 2018. Then call Kitchens Inc. and let us help you turn your vision into reality.