A home is more than just a roof over your head. It’s a place in which memories are sculpted by the raw clay of experience. It’s a vehicle through which you can communicate your own personal style through the decoration and furnishings. And, let’s be honest, it also represents a sizeable investment upon which you’re ultimately going to want to see some sort of return. Whether you’ll be likely to put your home on the market in the coming year or not, it’s nonetheless prudent to make changes to your home that will not only enrich your experience in the home but add value to the property. Of all the rooms in the home, the kitchen represents the happiest of mediums. It’s a place where cakes are baked. The kids are fed and where the morning coffee is enjoyed with gusto while the music of the radio eases you into a waking state. It’s also going to be one of the biggest selling points when prospective buyers come to visit. With that in mind, let’s have a look at some of the “must have” kitchen trends of 2018.
It’s all about streamlining
Whether you’re attending to this project yourself or contracting a dedicated professional like The Renovation Company; you should approach the project in terms of making the biggest statement possible with the lease time, effort and cost. This means that many choose to use the surfaces and cabinets as a starting point. While there’s still demand for farmhouse style kitchens, trends are swaying more towards the streamlined with simplicity and minimalism the order of the year. This allows you to open up the space you have and making it look larger and brighter while also affording you more room in which to work. Upper wall cabinets are on the way out to be replaced by sleeker and more efficient storage solutions down below.
Of course, “streamlined” can quickly become a euphemism for “boring” so it’s important to be daring with the materials you select. Rough cut wood, natural stone and metal tubing are popular solutions to adding character without creating clutter.
Appliances with style
If you’re a little sick of the sight of stainless and brushed steel appliances (and plain old white just isn’t an option), the good news is that new and more visually engaging finishes are on the rise. New appliances are bringing a splash of colour to the market with vintage reds and blues becoming fast favourites. New functions are lighting up the market as much as new looks. The steam oven is well and truly the “must have” appliance of the year. Not only do they cook food faster and with more of the nutrients intact, many have bluetooth connectivity enabling you to operate them from your smartphone. The future is here!
Flooring and surfaces
When it comes to kitchen countertops there’s no denying that quartz is still king. It’s naturally antimicrobial, extremely hard wearing and virtually no-maintenance. On the floor, the previously undisputed champ; hardwood has an up and coming contender on its heels in the form of ceramic tiling. The beauty of ceramic is its ability to be crafted to mimic any material from hardwood to natural stone but with the inherent low maintenance and durability of ceramic.
Whichever of the years kitchen design trends you incorporate into your new look, you’ll add value and appeal while making the kitchen a fun and relaxing space for all the family.