For decades the kitchen has been a hidden room in the back of a house. Its only purpose was to prepare meals & wash dirty dishes.  Fast forward to modern times and you’ll see how much the kitchen has changed & its role in our everyday lives.  In many modern homes the kitchen has become the focal point, the place that brings everyone together.  The kitchen no longer is a room to be hidden but instead its paraded in all its glory.

Kitchens have changed a lot over the years, technological advances and the changing social dynamic have contributed to these changes.  Open floor plans have become the focus around the kitchen, so everyone can be together. Clean and simple styles have become favourites for home owners with natural light becoming an extremely important aspect of the overall look and function of the space.

But what else can we expect to see in our modern kitchens, let’s take a look:


Smart Kitchens

Technology has become essential in today’s modern kitchen.  Today, you can have a kitchen with technology integrated into its function and appliances, from faucets to fridges, even the lighting.  This is what we call a smart kitchen.

A lot of modern kitchens today are being built smart from the ground up. For older kitchens, sensors, smart gadgets and other devices can be added for convenience.  Some of these add-ons are motion sensors on faucets that can detect the presence of hands underneath and turns on automatically.  Refrigerators that can alert you when certain items are running low or a coffee maker programmed to have your coffee ready when you wake.  There’s even a gadget that can tell you if your eggs are going bad.  And let’s not forget lighting systems controlled by your smart phone or tablet.

As these technologies become more and more available smart kitchens are becoming more popular especially for 2018.


Colour Customization

Photo showcasing kitchen island, featuring Hardwood Creations overlay cabinets, Shaker with bead doors and drawer fronts by Hardwood Creations.


Homeowners are looking beyond your cookie-cutter kitchen design.  They want something unique that has personality and reflects who they are.  Colour is one of the most effective ways to make a statement.  A different colour of paint in your cabinets can make all the difference and can make your design stand out.  Cabinet manufacturing companies are now teaming up with paint companies to provide a limitless array of colour.

Neutral colours are currently a big favourite such as grey, yellow and soft greens but let’s not forget the darker colours such as black, navy, and emerald green which can bring the high-end allure to your cabinets.

Three major colour categories are: light, medium, and dark.  Light tones are mostly the neutrals that we mentioned earlier. They are loved for their simple, soft clean look.  Their style is timeless, perfectly complementing other elements within the kitchen.  Medium tones are most common, shades like blue, grey and yellow are very popular.  Darker hues like emerald green, black, navy blue and jeweled plumb create drama and unsurpassed luxury.  However, they are less popular compared to medium and light shades.

Today’s homeowners are searching for colours that not only stand out but work specifically for their kitchen.  If you’re ordering custom made cabinets, you can choose any colour you want.  If you already have cabinets but want to refresh their look, either get a professional painter or get ready for some extensive DIY painting work.


Streamline Design

Styles like farmhouse and mid-century modern are still popular, however, homeowners are getting more streamlined, not just in their overall aesthetic but also in the use of alternative materials.  Stress-free surroundings are what most people like to come home too and drown out the day to day stresses of life, this means simplicity.

Removing upper wall cabinets has become a growing trend in the last few years since it opens up the space visually, making the kitchen appear much larger and brighter.  It also allows for a more productive utilization of counter space.  Besides, most people can’t reach what is on the top shelves of cabinetry anyway.

Now we don’t want to equate streamlined with boring, so consider materials with different textures.  For example, if you’re using open shelving, why not use rough cut wood to bring in natural elements or perhaps metal tubing for a more industrial feel.  Using interesting textures can help us shy away from your usual polished glossy finishes to add more character to your kitchen.


Clean Aesthetics

As we have discovered, kitchen cabinets have not been spared from the modernization wave that has influenced home décor over the last few years.  One obvious impact this has had is the adoption of clean aesthetics in cabinetry construction.  This minimalistic trend is likely to continue into 2018 and beyond.  Most modern cabinets are free of the ornate often found in traditional cabinet door styles.  They feature a recessed panel door with smooth edge profiles and simple clean lines offering a very simple design.  Essentially, all the clutter has been reduced to the bare minimum.  This type of cabinetry works perfectly with a modern styled kitchen.


Effective Storage Solutions

Photo showcasing kitchen pantry, featuring Hardwood Creations overlay maple cabinets in Farrow & Ball Down Pipe, Shaker with bead doors by Hardwood Creations, roll outs by Hardwood Creations.


Something that can be quite annoying about cabinetry is the unnecessary waste of space.  The way the basic shelves and drawers are structured can leave a lot of wasted space.  Worst of all, available space is often too small for some of your larger items or perhaps too wide and does not give you a way to properly organize the space.

A good functional kitchen requires good storage.  If it is inadequate you will be faced with endless frustration.  To fight against these storage challenges, homeowners are starting to look for better storage solutions within cabinetry.  These include: appliances garages for small appliances, drawer dividers for cutlery, pull-outs for spices, tray dividers, roll-out trays and caddies for pots & pans; as well as wastebasket cabinets and/or deep drawers.

As time passes and our needs change new kitchen storage options become more available, focusing on making your daily live more effortless and cooking a lot more fun.


Open shelving

Floating shelves in Benjamin Moore Fairview Taupe-Gray by ©Hardwood Creations

Open kitchen shelves instead of wall cabinetry is becoming an even hotter trend for 2018.  Having open shelves can bring plenty of benefits.  It introduces a light, cheerful and fresh feel offering the illusion of more space which is great in smaller kitchens.  Its efficient since you can see and grab what you need without taking the time to open cabinet doors to look inside.  Considering everything is out in the open, be thoughtful about whatever you place on the shelves.  Every utensil, bowl or glass affects the overall aesthetic of your kitchens look and feel.

Here is where you might find similar-coloured utensils that create a more uniform look.  You can also use wine bottles, mason jars, and fruit bowls as decorative elements.  If you have a favourite coffee mug or special recipe book, use them to make shelving more interesting.  But as you mix and match all these elements, think about their individual colours and styles.  Try to create a pleasing look that minimizes the risk of clutter that comes with open shelving.  For small kitchens, be careful not to overload the shelving.  Keep only the bare essentials and place the rest of your items in the base cabinets.  Not only will it make it easier to keep everything well organized, it will help you maintain a sharp look.


Undercabinet Lighting

LED lighting has had an especially good run as homeowners change over from traditional incandescent bulbs.  It provides good lighting for activities, comes in a variety of colours and the bulbs last for a really long time.  This has made it a popular option for undercabinet lighting.  Under cabinet LED is not the only type of lighting that can be fixed under the cabinets.  You could opt for fluorescent fixtures, which are almost as energy efficient as LED and produce minimal heat.  Xenon lights give off some heat, but they can be dimmed and have an attractive warm glow.  You could also go with halogen lights, but this is not always a good idea.  They give off too much heat which could affect foods or drinks you have stored inside the cabinet.


Single Level Multipurpose Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands are no longer an afterthought or something small to squeeze into the space.  They have become focal points and the hub of the kitchen.  One of the changes emerging is the single level larger sizing, serving multiple uses; especially since we are seeing less wall cabinets in kitchen design.  The kitchen island is meant to create an effect, and its design must make a statement.

The 2018 larger kitchen island will become the jack-of-all-trades.  They will have storage solutions and be fitted with different under-counter appliances while also providing seating, serving as casual dining and/or drinking bar.  To accommodate the increased size, we are seeing a tendency for the island to extend into living room spaces in homes with open floor plan design. This ensures the kitchen island can be multi-functional without cluttering up space in the kitchen.


Pet-Friendly Spaces in the Kitchen

Our furry babies are very important in our lives and so we like to think of them when we’re designing our kitchen, providing a good environment to our four-legged family members.  One great idea is a feeding station.  This is usually at the end of a cabinet run or in the corner where you can set up your pet food storage cabinet, feeding station, toys and anything else pet related.  You can even design a kitchen island with a built-in doggy bed underneath the countertop.  If you have cats and a little extra money to spend, think about a slide at one corner of the room where they can play until they are exhausted.



As we can see, cabinetry has undergone a lot of changes in the recent years.  A rapid change in tastes combined with advance technology has given rise to a wide variety of styles.  For 2018, the general trend is towards personalization.  When it comes to colour, finishing, and overall design; homeowners want something unique and personal.  If you are building a new home or planning a kitchen renovation in 2018, which trends will you choose?

Let this article serve as design ideas for your 2018 kitchen renovation or new home construction.  These ideas combine the best in functionality and aesthetics to create the ultimate kitchen.



Works Cited

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