The kitchen has become a place more integrated to daily life. It is common to find people watching television, using the computer or studying, in addition to the activities for which the kitchens have been designed. Therefore, given that the kitchen has become a multifunctional room, decoration is increasingly playing a more important role and today in Decora Ideas we will present some of the main trends in kitchens.
We have made a significant breakthrough in 2018, and the kitchen has a very different role. Nowadays, the kitchen is the focal point of the house, the place that gathers everyone at the beginning of the day or after a long day. Now, the kitchen is displayed in all its beauty and warmth in the very center of the house.
Kitchens have changed a lot over the decades, and the planning of remodeling your kitchen is essential. Technological advances and changing social dynamics have significantly contributed to the rise of modern cuisine.
There is a much larger focus on open concept homes that revolve around the kitchen so that everyone can be together. As with any modern design trend, clean and straightforward styles have become favorites for owners with natural light becoming an essential aspect of the overall appearance and function of the kitchen space.

These are the best trends in kitchen design in 2018.

 Smart kitchens 

Technology has taken over the kitchen world both in the use of gadgets and luxury appliance. These days, you can equip your kitchen with technology integrated devices ranging from the lighting to the refrigerator and kitchen taps.
Smart kitchens are an evolutionary aspect of design. Today, many kitchens are built intelligently from scratch. For older kitchens, sensors, smart devices and other devices can be added for convenience to the owner.
Kitchen taps equipped with motion sensors that can detect the presence of hands below and will turn on automatically or have a one-touch function.
Refrigerators that can warn your food when it is running low or a coffeemaker programmed to have your coffee ready when you wake up. Do not forget to update your lighting system, which will allow you to control all the lights from your smartphone or tablet.
Technology-integrated kitchens are increasingly popular as owners experiment with new technologies. This is one of the most important trends for 2019.

 Colors for kitchen furniture 

White is still the big favorite for kitchen furniture. Owners love its clean appearance, and it is especially beneficial in a space that tends to be messy.
The white furniture is just beautiful and timeless and can be used in almost any type of kitchen style. We hope that white will remain a popular color in 2018 and probably in the next few years.
To break the white color of the kitchen, we find islands of different colors of wood dyes. The mix of finishes creates a piece of necessary accent and a touch of additional color for the brave.
As popular as white furniture is, gray is the second choice for many. The gray furniture is like a chameleon. Versatile for any aspect or project.
White and gray seem to be the two colors for this year 2018. Their modern and clean look will keep them as favorites for years.

But there is another color palette that slowly makes its way into the kitchen: dark shades: black, navy blue, emerald green, and even plum. You’ll be amazed at how well the dark shades can work to enhance the kitchen space with its dramatic and luxurious feel.
The dark kitchen furniture shows a full elegance and a luxurious and deep atmosphere that the other options do not have. They throw the kitchen in a subtle dramatic essence.
However, you must be careful not to dominate the room, making it feel perpetually dark. But more and more people are becoming more daring and opt for a kitchen with dark colors for furniture in 2018. While a darker shade of color may not be the new target in the short term, it will undoubtedly be more popular over time.

 Aerodynamic designs

The removal of furniture from the upper wall has become a growing trend in recent years since it opens the visual space making the kitchen look much bigger and brighter.
It allows you to use the countertop space more productively. Not to mention that most people can’t reach what is on the top shelves of the top furniture. Alternatively, we can use open shelves if additional storage space is needed or a focal point element is desired.

 Quartz is still king

For high-end kitchen countertops, quartz still reigns. The material is extremely resistant, can last practically forever, is very easy to maintain and is antimicrobial.
Granito, the main competitor in high-end countertops, requires a bit more maintenance. When quartz countertops first came onto the market, the main concern was the lack of variety regarding colors and finishes. But over time, thanks to technology, manufacturers have provided a wide range of colors to choose from, as well as realistic stone patterns. You can even get a quartz finish with elaborate swirls and large veins to imitate other materials such as natural stone. These unique styles have become immensely popular.

But there is a noticeable tendency towards softer and more neutral colors. More and more people opt for colors like gray, taupe, creamy or white. Pattern preferences have changed to particle veining we have seen in recent years. This follows the trend towards cleaner styles seen in most home spaces.
While we are still on the subject of countertops, it is essential to mention the growing popularity of composite sinks. These are sinks made of the same material as the countertop. This creates a cleaner, uniform appearance and facilitates cleaning and maintenance. However, they are going to have a fierce battle against still very popular stainless steel sinks.

New solutions in kitchen furniture for more efficient storage

One of the biggest annoyances in kitchen furniture is the unnecessary loss of space. The way the shelves and the basic drawers are structured leaves a lot of wasted space.
Worst of all, the available space is often too small for some of your larger things or the other way round, it is too wide and does not give you the ability to organize the space properly and efficiently.
One of the bases of a functional kitchen is storage. If it is inadequate or ineffective, you will face innumerable frustrations and challenges. To counter these storage challenges, people are beginning to look for better storage solutions within the furniture.
These may include: special spaces for small appliances, drawer dividers for cutlery and utensils, spice tray trays, tray dividers, pull-out trays and carts for pots and pans; as well as sections for trash bins and recyclable materials and deep drawers. This will make it easier to store food, beverages and small appliances.

 New styles in kitchen appliances 

If the kitchen will have a revolution, the appliances will not be left behind. One of the hottest trends we’re seeing in 2018 is gray-toned appliances in a dark brushed metal finish.
Stainless steel appliances have dominated the market for quite some time, so it is not surprising to see a different finish.
Increasingly, induction cookers are included with single wall ovens. This trend can be more expensive than standard systems and often take up more space. However, in many of these trends, aesthetics is a more critical problem.
The changes are also happening in the furnaces. Steam ovens are fast becoming the new essential appliance. They cook food much faster, retain the nutrients and taste of food better than conventional ovens. Leaving your meals juicy and delicious as if you were dining out.
Are you limited in the space of the island? Well, consider looking for a French door wall oven. Not only are they elegant, but they also come equipped with Bluetooth so you can control the oven’s functions remotely from your smartphone.

Types of ceramics for the floors of your kitchen

Thanks to technology, the ceramic floor now comes in a wide variety of designs, styles, and sizes. For example, you can get ceramic tiles that look exactly like hardwood floors. So, if you want to preserve the look of wood but want a material that is easier to maintain, consider using ceramic.
In addition to wood, ceramic tiles can be designed to look like a range of other materials, including natural stone. Even the texture of the surface is changed to imitate these materials.
Regarding size, you no longer have to choose the traditional size. You can get tiles that resemble real wide planks of hardwood once laid on the floor. Or you can get cut-to-size tiles to create a kitchen with a unique design.

 Multipurpose cooking islands

The cooking islands are no longer a last-minute idea or something small to squeeze into space. They have become focal points and the center of the kitchen.
They will have furniture for storage and will be equipped with several appliances under the counter while providing seats to serve as an informal bar to eat.
We see a trend in which kitchen island extends to living room spaces in homes with open plan designs. This ensures that the island can be multifunctional without taking up space in the kitchen.
Let these trends serve as design ideas for the renovation of your kitchen or the construction of a new one. These ideas combine the best in functionality and aesthetics to create the best cuisine.

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