8. Quartz countertops. Speaking of surfaces, where you really need a hard-wearing material is on your counters, and for that reason engineered quartz has definitely solidified its spot as the top counter material (as confirmed by Houzz’s latest kitchen trends study).As a manufactured but natural stone-based material, quartz has the ability to mimic marble, slate or other stones, or create a solid-hued modern look, meaning it can truly suit any kitchen. This is probably why we’re seeing it so often, and why it won’t go away any time soon. The look may change, but the hard-wearing practicality won’t.
7. Wood floors. I’ve been encouraging clients to use their wood flooring in both the living areas and the kitchen for years because it gives a home a beautiful sense of consistency.Yes, it is true that a wood floor will not handle major water spills or leaks in the same way as hard tile, but with a little care and upkeep, the beautiful, inviting look (and subtle softness underfoot) is more than worth it, so you can expect this trend to last and last.See how to clean your hardwood floors
Blue is an especially popular choice for kitchens going into 2018, either as an all-over cabinet hue or as an accent to a more neutral scheme. It’s technically a cool hue, but it’s a cheerful color that is many people’s favorite, so it’s a natural choice for those who want to try a less-neutral painted finish without taking a wild color risk they might regret.
5. Undermount sinks. Not charmed by the apron-front style? Another one of my personal favorites, and a popular choice at seemingly every trade show, is a crisply rectangular stainless steel undermount sink. The practicality of this style is high because the undercounter style avoids seams above the counter that can catch crumbs and debris. Stylewise, the look is understated, letting the bold features of the kitchen be the star but giving a subtly clean and modern look that says you have an eye for details.
4. Single-lever faucets. A great complement to an apron-front sink, or practically any style of sink really, is the beautifully simple single-lever faucet. The simple silhouette of this style of faucet suits a contemporary kitchen but also provides a smart modern counterpoint to traditional elements to achieve a transitional look.Look for models with a subtle pull-down hand spray to get multifunctionality while still preserving the sleek and simple look.How to pick a new faucet
3. Apron-front sinks. Speaking of farmhouse style, kitchens all over are embracing the beauty of apron-front sinks. This farmhouse essential works with a variety of styles, especially since it can look great in softly rounded porcelain, sleek stainless steel (possibly the top choice) or other metals and materials to create a variety of looks. This style of sink requires a different cabinet than a typical drop-in or undermount sink, so if you too are planning to add one to your kitchen, make sure to design with it in mind from the start.
2. Farmhouse style. Alternatively, another enduring style trend for kitchens is farmhouse or farmhouse-inspired style. Beadboard, soft heritage colors, rustic hardware and lighting, and planks of knotty wood all give a room a lived-in feel, in a less stuffy or fussy way than traditional styles can sometimes feel.The humble beauty of farmhouse kitchens can be a great inspiration for homes of any size or budget, so expect to see more and more of this style in 2018 and beyond.See how to get a farmhouse-style kitchen | Browse the latest farmhouse kitchen photos
Transitional kitchens mix traditional and contemporary elements, so the space can feel rich and inviting but also up-to-date. The somewhat relaxed nature of a transitional kitchen works well with other minor trend elements like furniture-style islands and open shelves, giving you the freedom to follow traditional rules when they suit you and break the rules when it suits your mood.See how to get a transitional-style kitchen