The latest kitchen design trends to consider for your remodel

Once you’ve decided it’s time to remodel your kitchen, let’s help you answer the familiar question of  “Where do I even start?” Whether your goal is a full kitchen remodel or just a couple of updates, you’ll feel more comfortable knowing what’s in, out and here to stay. Learning the latest kitchen design trends is a great place to start!

 

Examples of latest kitchen design trends include black & brass fixtures, flat front cabinets, integrated appliances, open shelving, painted cabinets.

Examples of latest kitchen design trends include (clockwise from upper left) quartz countertops, black & brass fixtures, painted cabinets, open shelves, flat front cabinets and integrated appliances. (Images from our research on Houzz)

 

These are the kitchen design trends we’ve seen most prevalently throughout 2018 as we keep our eye on the overall kitchen design and remodeling industry. That doesn’t mean each of these trends needs to be in your kitchen remodel, nor does it mean these styles will work in every type of home. Your overall goal is to have your fixtures, finishes and layout work well together to create a cohesive and functional design aesthetic that fits in your home and with your style and budget. See our article 6 Dos and Don’ts of collaborating on your home remodel: A designer’s perspective »

So, based on research by our design team, here are some of the latest kitchen design trends.

 

Open Layouts

In a big move from the sequestered kitchens of the past, open layout kitchens continue to grow in popularity. Because they flow with the rest of the space in an inviting and efficient footprint,  an open-concept kitchen naturally lends itself to casual dining and comfortable cooking. Entertaining is simpler in an open layout kitchen as it encourages interaction.

open layout kitchen design trends

 

open layout kitchen design trends

 

open layout kitchen design trends

 

Banquette Seating

Banquette seating has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. Why? It’s casual and cozy, a smart use of space and allows extra breathing room in your layout. Offering a seamless prep-to-entertainment flow, banquettes give a cleaner look to the space. Plus, banquettes can be a great way to add some extra storage!

Breakfast nook banquette in a kitchen addition designed by Silent Rivers in a historic Des Moines colonial farmhouse

In this Silent Rivers kitchen remodel, custom built-in benches in the dining nook are softened by upholstered cushions. See more photos »

 

banquette seating kitchen design trends

 

 

Black & Brass Fixtures

Black and brass, whether they are together or separate, will work with just about every style and color palette you have. Stainless steel, nickel and polished chrome are still popular and are the typical go-to finishes. If you head to the nearest plumbing showroom, you may notice black and brass fixture displays front and center.

black fixtures kitchen design trends

 

brass fixtures kitchen design trends

 

black and brass fixtures kitchen design trends

 

Painted Cabinets

White cabinets have been and still are very popular today, but dark colors such as navy, dark green and black have been on the rise. It looks like 2018 may be the first year in a long time that white kitchens are outpaced by kitchens of other colors!

painted cabinets latest kitchen design trends

 

painted cabinets latest kitchen design trends

 

Quartz Countertops

Based on a 2018 research study done by Houzz, countertops are the top feature to splurge on during a kitchen remodel. Quartz is now the most common material for countertops. Granite has been declining in popularity for the past three years. Both countertop materials are great options in a kitchen. It just depends on the look you are going for, your budget, how durable it needs to be and how much maintenance you would like to do. Color and style selections within each create variances in price, so one is not necessarily more expensive than the other; it depends on the specific sample you choose.

quartz countertop latest kitchen design trends

 

quartz countertops latest kitchen design trends

 

Integrated Appliances

Integrated appliances and built-ins have been designed to create a more cohesive look in the kitchen. These appliances are placed to fit into the kitchen cabinets and be concealed or partially concealed by materials that match or complement adjacent materials. Whereas traditional free-standing models call attention to themselves and are sometimes quite worthy of this attention, integrated appliances blend in. This trend opens a new world of design options to pull together the look you want. Appliances can now either stand alone as a stylish statement piece or quietly recede into surrounding cabinetry.

 

concealed dishwasher blends into custom oak cabinets by Silent Rivers in this kitchen remodel in Des Moines

A concealed dishwasher blends right into the beautiful custom cabinetry in this kitchen remodel by Silent Rivers. See more photos of this project, including other concealed appliances »

 

integrated concealed refrigerator as example of latest kitchen design trends

 

integrated concealed refrigerator as example of latest kitchen design trends

 

Open Shelving

The open shelving trend has been around a couple years now and is still very common today. This trend may not be for everyone, but for those who like quick, easy access and a lighter look you may want to give these budget-friendly shelves a try.

White kitchen of barn style custom new home in St. Charles, Iowa features artistic flag tile, farmhouse sink and faucet, reclaimed barn wood vent cover, designed and built by Silent Rivers, Des Moines

This Farmhouse-Industrial style kitchen designed by Silent Rivers has open shelves made of the homeowner’s salvaged lumber. See more photos of this home »

 

open shelving example of latest kitchen design trends

 

open shelves example of latest kitchen design trends

 

Backsplash Patterns & Shapes

With more neutral countertop options these days there’s no longer need for to have a plain backsplash. Not only have we seen the countertop being carried up the wall, but more so tiles with bold patterns and shapes are becoming very popular.

patterned backsplash tile latest kitchen design trends

 

backsplash pattern as latest kitchen design trends

 

Wood-Like Floors

Hardwood floors have kept kitchens warm and cozy for years, and that won’t change anytime soon. The material adapts to any style and flawlessly unites rooms in an open floor plan. Don’t count out other flooring materials just yet, though. Porcelain planks that look like wood provide the same inviting style, and are easier to maintain.

tile that looks like wood as latest kitchen design trend

 

wood-look tile floor as latest kitchen design trend

 

Flat-Front Cabinetry

While Shaker style cabinets are one of the most popular cabinet styles out there and will be for quite some time, we are starting to see flat-front cabinets popping up more and more! It may not work for every style of home, but they are clean, simple, timeless and an affordable door style option. And it’s nice not having to dust little ledges.

flat front kitchen cabinets as latest kitchen design trends

 

flat front kitchen cabinets as latest kitchen design trends

 

Contemporary kitchen remodel in Des Moines by Silent Rivers featuring bamboo custom cabinets

Silent Rivers designed these flat-front cabinets out of bamboo to coordinate with this home’s midcentury style. See more photos of this project »

 

Johnston Iowa contemporary midcentury kitchen remodel with flat front cabinets by Silent Rivers

Flat-front cabinets were used in this national award-winning kitchen by Silent Rivers. See more photos of this project »

 

Now you know the latest kitchen design trends! Our design team enjoys researching what’s fresh in kitchen remodeling, then determining what fits best in your home and with your style and budget.

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