When getting a new kitchen or updating your old one it’s always good to know what’s on trend. You can spend as much or as little as you would like and it’s not difficult to achieve amazing results. To check out the latest trends here in this article which first appeared in www.domain.com.au
“As the heart and soul of your home and the room where you spend the majority of your time, a well-designed, attractive kitchen can change how you feel about a house.
Domain spoke to three interior design experts who pinpointed the trends and functional tips to get your kitchen looking its finest for 2018.
1. Colour and texture
This is the year that kitchens are finally moving away from the classic all-white look, says Louise Hatcher, interior designer and stylist at Stage One Interiors.
“The all-white kitchen is fading fast, as is gloss cabinetry, which is a relief as they are both impossible to keep clean. Matte finishes, warm greys, timber and all shades of grey, green and olive are stepping up to replace them. Kitchen design in 2018 feels chic and mature instead of clean and white.”
Timber finishes are having their moment in the kitchen. Photo: Stage One Interiors
2. Terrazzo and marble
Katie Sargent, principal at Katie Sargent Design, speaks highly of both terrazzo and marble as continuing kitchen trends.
“This year  is going to be a big year for versatile and durable terrazzo and we are seeing it used in poured floors, floor tiles, splashbacks and even cast sinks.”
While we can expect to see terrazzo used across many aspects of a kitchen’s design, marble benchtops and splashbacks are still bang on trend. “Silver Galaxy, a type of marble, is a dramatic but relatively calm stone that offers a sophisticated feel to kitchen benchtops and splashbacks,” says Sargent.
3. Splashback versus tiles
Simple splashbacks are taking on the wall tile this season, giving you plenty of options and styles to choose from, as Hatcher explains.
“The current trend for splashbacks is to run the stone benchtop up the wall, creating a minimal and elegant feel. Mirror splashbacks also look great in small spaces. If I am specifying a stone benchtop but not running it up as the splashback, I always run a lip. If using a subway tile, stack them instead of bricklaying, and use white grout. Square tiles are also very popular this year.”
4. Storage never dates
Even small kitchens can benefit from clever storage options as Simone Mathews, interior designer and owner of SOUL of Gerringong describes.
“Kitchen storage is paramount! Both professionally and personally I like to understand what needs to be stored, i.e. a drawer for pots and pans, Tupperware, ovenware etc. Make sure you find a place for everything in your current kitchen then create a plan and cross-reference it with your list.”
Storage is key when it comes to kitchen designs. Photo: BAM Interiors
5. Open shelving for display
While clever storage is essential, kitchens today are a design feature, so it is a great idea to mix up wall cabinets with display shelving, as Mathews explains.
“I don’t like to clutter up all the walls with cabinets, instead I utilise open shelving which also creates an illusion of more space. Display your gorgeous ceramic tableware or simply stack your white dinner plates and create a feature from the items you use daily.”…”