9 New Kitchen Ideas and Trends for 2018
• 1) BOLD COLOR • 2) EARTHY INSPIRATION • 3) AUTOMATED KITCHEN HOME SYSTEMS • 4) VOICE CONTROLLED FAUCETS • 5) WRITABLE SURFACES • 6) SOUS VIDE COOKING • 7) LED LIGHTING • 8) HIGH TECH DISHWASHING • 9) SPECIALTY SINKS AND FAUCETS
Idea #1: Dark and Bold Colors With Contrast
Whether in accessories, sinks, faucets, appliances, or cabinetry you’ll see dark and bold color in the design. Contrasting colors offset the hard surfaces that can make a kitchen feel cold. We are using hues in green, blue, dark grey, red, and even black. All are stunning when paired with finishes in white, metal, and wood.
New Kitchen Ideas #2: Earthly Inspiration
Some clients are asking for inspiring spaces that are grounded with natural elements. Additionally, they seek balance and simplicity, which can be achieved by mixing natural metal patinas, wood, and textures to create a fresh space that brings the outdoors in. Natural neutral colors (greys, whites, creams, browns) will have a home in new kitchen design. For a truly organic space, try adding a living wall, an Urban Cultivator herb refrigerator, or an in-kitchen composting system like the Blanco Salon.
We are all striving to live a little greener, and composting kitchen scraps like egg shells, vegetable peels, juice pulp, or coffee grounds can supply nutrient-rich fertilizer for our gardens and plants while reducing our carbon footprint.
It is fairly easy to incorporate a composting system in the kitchen. You can put a beautiful compost crock directly on your counter, or you can cut a hole into your countertop and install an integrated system that collects all your organic waste below the counter and out of sight. Regardless of the style of bin you choose, the key is placing it in a convenient location in your kitchen so you are more likely to use it. Buy Blanco Salon here. (disclosure: Kitchen Designs is affiliated with Amazon and receives a commission if you make a purchase using the links in this post.)
New Kitchen Ideas #3: Automated Kitchen & Home Systems
Innovations that allow you to wirelessly communicate with your lights, thermostats, music, fans, shades, smart door locks, and security cameras have allowed us to connect with our homes whether we are in them or not. Now you can connect with your oven, coffee maker, small appliances, and refrigerator.
New Kitchen Ideas #4: Voice Controlled Kitchen Faucets
Kohler has updated their Sensate Kitchen Faucet. This smart faucet has voice-activated technology that will turn water on and off on command. It will also dispense the exact amount of water you need for a recipe without waste. Use the KOHLER Konnect app to monitor and track your water usage. You can even receive alerts that will detect unusual usage. If your hands are dirty, you can either tell the faucet to turn on with your voice or motion activate it without ever touching faucet handles.
New Kitchen Ideas #5: Formica® Writable Surfaces
When it comes to new kitchen ideas, Formica added a very fun element. Formica® Writable Surfaces is a collection of extremely smooth writable surfaces for desks, playroom game tables, bedrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. The collection includes four markerboard and two chalkboard surfaces that can be used for countertops as well as cabinetry. They also have two stand-alone products that are now being sold on Amazon – SketchTable™ and CreateSlate™
SketchTable™ is a game and homework table that comes in two sizes (16” and 24” ). The tabletop flips so you have the option to draw on one side with markers and the other side with chalk. Buy SketchTable™ here.
New Kitchen Ideas #6: Sous Vide Cooking
If you’re into sous vide cooking, have a close look at Gaggenau’s Sous Vide and Vacuum Sealer Oven (Model DV461). Their 400 series combi-steam oven has been upgraded with an option to seamlessly install a matching hands-free vacuuming drawer to seal meat, fish, veggies, fruit, and leftovers. It can also be used for sous vide cooking, marinating, and extended storage. The sous vide method involves vacuum sealing food to lock in moisture and cooking food in a water bath at a specific temperature. There are a variety of countertop sous vide appliances and immersion circulators on the market, but this new design keeps the counters clear integrates beautifully into the kitchen wall. See the videos at Gaggenau.
New Kitchen Ideas #7: LED Lighting
Requests for LED lighting in kitchen design has been a strongly climbing kitchen trend. Our Wood-Mode line has a high-tech integrated lighting program featuring Häfele LED solutions that incorporates the best 12 volt, 3rd generation Loox LEDs for customizable, energy efficient, subtle illumination. Our brand’s lighting program was awarded the 30 Most Innovative products for 2018 by Meridith Corporation’s Beautiful Kitchens and Baths Magazine.
New Kitchen Ideas #8: High-Tech Dishwashing
SubZero and Wolf’s new Cove dishwasher has interior illumination and remote mobile user operation. The Cove dishwasher’s high-end details include numerous cycle options and easily adjustable racks with interior basket that can accommodate the size of any utensil, glass, or dish – even a lasagna pan.
New Kitchen Ideas #9: Specialty Sinks in Unique Finishes
Sinks with personality are emerging in stainless, porcelain, and natural materials such as copper, quartz, and granite. In addition to farmhouse and under-mount sinks, you’ll see freestanding sink designs and integrated sinks that are made from the same material as the countertop. Specialty sinks will have a variety custom inserts to help you prep, clean, and organize.