Kitchen Ideas 2018
Kitchen looking a little tired? Feel it’s long overdue for a makeover but stuck for ideas? Now’s definitely the time to get up to speed with the new creative ingredients in kitchen design! Here’s a quick guide to the latest kitchen ideas that are predicted to be trending everywhere in 2018.
First off, it has to be said that there probably more kitchen design ideas and concepts than ever before, together with an “anything goes” aesthetic of mixing and matching every type of material. The challenge is how to make it all fit together in just the right way.
Trend for combining two shades of the same colour
The simplicity and functionality of the open plan kitchen has long been a staple of modern kitchen design. While white continues to the nation’s favourite shade of kitchen, there is definitely a move in the direction of introducing colour.
In recent years, blue and especially grey seems to have mushroomed overnight. Now there appears to be trend for combining two shades of the same colour within the same kitchen units. As this year unfolds, we will definitely see more of sections of bright coloured cupboards disrupting the neutral units and worktops. Another option could be two different worktops where a kitchen scheme in white composite material is offset by a wood surface on the central kitchen island top.
Local IKEA for an instant showroom update
Perhaps, like many homeowners, you may simply decide to simply head off to your local IKEA for an instant showroom update on all that’s ultra-modern, minimalist, clean line and neutral toned in the ideal IKEA kitchen design concept. As ever, the IKEA design aesthetic offers that familiar blend of Nordic expression where “nature meets nurture”.
No matter what size kitchen area you have to work with, IKEA has a stylish and practical solution that’s “Immaculate on the outside, organised on the inside”. The focus in 2018 is definitely on the “sleek and sustainable” but with bold graphic touches. Natural warm wood surfaces comfortably sit alongside the latest look in neutral greys or the zing of hot reds, a “pop of pink” or calming green.
Incredible advances transforming kitchen tiles
Much of the new generation design offering retro vintage mash up with contemporary attitude is down to incredible advances in manufacturing techniques. Unexpected new materials, shapes, designs and colours continue to completely transform kitchen tiles and everybody’s preconceptions about how they interact with the rest of the interior look and feel.
For example, encaustic tiles are said to be freshening up many a kitchen by the application of reclaimed vintage tiles or alternatively throwing up totally new designs arranged in unexpected and surprising geometric patterns. And let’s not forget the statement kitchen doors! Beyond simply stripping back to – or installing – natural wood kitchen doors and frames, intricate door design makes use of pattern and grooving for an eye catching feature, which can even be sparingly extended to an island area
Dark wood timber effect climbing up the walls
You’ve probably read recently that the big, big trend for 2018 is the mixing of tiling with wooden flooring. Are there any homes left in the land who have not ripped out their carpets and replaced with a oak wood pattern floor? Now we see a definite move towards a dark wood timber effect climbing up the walls in a ‘mix and match’ with hexagonal shaped tiles or even big bold pattern tiles. The use of hexagonal tiles looks set to continue as homeowners move become more adventurous with colour and pattern.
Like their wood effect counterparts, many of the new range of tiles being used as floor coverings are deliberately designed to resemble another material entirely, such as wood, concrete, rusted metal or even brick. Laying tiles that look like concrete is much easier and definitely less hassle than the messy business of pouring concrete.
Quirky but popular choice for eye catching interest
If you’re looking to really put the glamour back into your kitchen then you’ll be definitely up for some shimmering metallics that have always been a quirky but popular choice for eye catching interest. Gold and copper look like to be the stand-out surfaces, lending a real luxury sheen to wall tiles, small appliances, lighting and other kitchen fixtures, even plug sockets. There’s even a rumour that gold taps are back in vogue too!
So whether you are up for a wood and tiling mix and match, the bold and the colourful accents, glitter wall paint and gloss tiling – or simply prefer the natural look of Italian marble or terrazzo, the world of kitchen design in 2018 will definitely give you food for thought!