2018 Kitchen Trends

Clay Cox

The most frequent question we get is “What’s trending now in kitchen design” and a great question it is because trends are just that “trends.”

But before I answer this query I want to emphasize a personal belief first. It is important for prospective clients to know that the kitchen they choose is the one they will live with for many years to come. So, despite the price ranges in your neighborhood and despite what everyone else seems to be doing I encourage folks to do what will please them the most.

Now back to current trends. Extra tall cabinetry is all the rage now and shows no sign of slowing down. The extra high top cabinets (you know, the ones no one in your family can reach without a ladder) typically become display cabinets with lighting and beautifully finished interiors.

think bigAs far as colors are concerned there is a new look headed our way that I’ve grown to love already. In fact we just installed another new display at Kitchens by Clay that showcases that trend perfectly. Painted finishes will continue to be a strong factor in future kitchen designs. A crisp white will still be chosen but softer whites are coming to the forefront now. I like to remind people that when living near the water whether it is Cape Cod, the Jersey Shore or S.W. Florida white or light kitchens will always be popular and will always have a great resale factor.

The newest element is the texture. Mixing painted finishes with stained grainy woods or man-made textures is quickly becoming part of the latest kitchen designs and will continue for quite some time to come. For example it isn’t unusual to choose a different color for an island but now we are using woods with prominent grains to compliment the paint. And the man-made textured materials are not only gorgeous but as resilient as can be. Combining painted finishes and textures along a feature wall is popular as well. So, give us a call and let us guide you on your kitchen design, colors, textures and all.

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Enjoy your remodel,
Clay Cox