Trends for the 2018 Kitchen and Beyond

With every year, comes new design trends! This year will bring many changes in defining spaces, adding colors and innovative touches to make life easier in the kitchen.  Here are some of this years new trends:

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Starting off the year with something functional to add to the kitchen, a separate baking station! By adding this feature, using a rolling pin and other baking essentials is easier due to the height of the counter. This is a trend we are glad to see!

More Color-ish Kitchens

The white kitchen will always remain a classic favorite and will never go out of style, but in 2018, expect to see more cool neutrals such as blues and grays mixed in with white to use as a contrast or as all the cabinetry.

Antibacterial Surfaces

A new aspect to kitchens that is new in 2018 is installing surfaces that are antibacterial. There are counter top surfaces that can help purify the air while eliminating chemicals in comes into contact with.

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Going back in time a bit, this trend seems like something out of the 1950’s. Having the dining table in the kitchen is something homeowners are gearing towards instead of an island. Not everyone wants a large island to eat at with family or have the room for an island, so having a table in the kitchen instead is a great alternative.

Defining the Kitchen in an Open Floor Plan

As much as a very open floor plan is better than an completely closed off one, many homeowners are tired of all the openness and want a defined space. By building a half wall with pillars and a countertop, it will separate the room and add more counter space!

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Another interesting trend of 2018 is adding new additions to your countertops such as grooves to aid in drainage of wet plates to travel straight into the sink.

Fewer White Sinks

White and stainless steel sinks have had their days, or rather years! This year, expect to see concrete sinks and copper sinks in darker colors.

White Kitchen 101

A white kitchen is a staple trend that will stand the test of time. It is classic, beautiful and can still embody it’s own unique qualities. A white kitchen can take on many different styles from modern to traditional and everything in between. But just as a slimming little white dress may not look as slimming, a white kitchen may not be as statement making when everything is white. When a kitchen has too many white elements it will begin to feel sterile. To avoid a hospital like look, here are the best places to use white in a kitchen.

Cabinetry

Lets talk about the cabinets, they essentially make a kitchen a kitchen. One of the most popular cabinet style for white is shaker. This style of cabinet has clean lines and can adapt to different styles of hardware. White kitchen cabinets stand the evolution of design styles as there are so many different styles that can be achieved with white cabinetry. A beautiful accent to white cabinets is a rich wood tone island with tones of grey. Adding the wood tones will warm up an otherwise cold kitchen.

Backsplash & Flooring

One of the best places to incorporate white is in the backsplash. A natural stone with a white or creamy hue paired with the white cabinets is a great choice for a timeless look. A white tile with some shape to it will cater to a trendy vibe while maintaining the integrity of a white kitchen. As for flooring, the best flooring to use to compliment a white kitchen is beautiful hardwood floors that will both ground the space and warm it up to contrast to the white cabinetry and backsplash.

Walls, Countertops & Accessories

Since a white kitchen is the main goal, the walls should be painted a white, cream or ivory. There are endless options for white wall colors. But beware, do not make the wall color the same color of the white cabinetry, the cabinets will become lost and blend into the walls. Select a color that will compliment the white cabinetry and not compete with it. Above all, the most important elements of a kitchen are the countertops, it’s where the prepping happens. There are so many options with materiel and colors. To keep with the feeling of a white kitchen, marble or quartz is always a great option. Or for some warmth and dimension, a dark stone or wood block top would work beautifully.  With accessories, the white vs pop of color debate is up to personal preference. With so much white and neutral tones, a pop of color would bring dimension to the kitchen.

Hurricane Construction Preparation

With a powerful hurricane possibly heading in the direction of the Tampa Bay area, it is important to stay informed and to get prepared. It is easy to prepare your home for a hurricane, board up the windows, throw the lawn furnishing in your swimming pool and call it a day, right? But how do you prepare if your house or areas of your home is under construction?

Totally Under Construction

If you have a house that is completely under construction and is not livable, your contractor should know the procedures to ensure the construction site is safe and secure. Such as shutting off electrical, plumbing, and gas, cleaning any construction debris, and taking down all permits and signage until after the storm. Your contractor should have a severe weather plan in place and do not hesitate to ask questions to confirm your home is secure.

Partially Under Construction

Some home improvement projects do not require leaving home, it may be a slight inconvenience, but nothing you can’t handle. And then, a hurricane is on the way, it may not be a direct hit, but you’ll still have to take major precautions. It all depends what stage of  renovation you are in. For safe measure, board the windows of the construction space if not all windows in the house, turn off water, electric and gas to the area if possible, and clean the construction area of harmful debris. A renovation is always going to take a toll on everyday life, but adding a potentially devastating storm creates more stress in a less than homey space. The best advice is to secure the area and make sure you are safe or evacuate the area.

Home Upgrades

While under construction a few upgrades you can add to ensure your home will endure the next hurricane, are hurricane proof shutters, doors, and windows. Most often these extra safe upgrades will cost significantly more than your typical windows and doors, but in terms of a long-term investment, they are worth it.

Preparing your Kitchen for Sale

It’s a great time to sell your home. Housing prices are high and there is low inventory. But prospective buyers are looking for much more than a fresh coat of paint in a home. Prospective buyers are searching for a home where some of the home improvement work is already done for them such as the kitchen.

To receive top dollar and many interested buyers make sure the kitchen is updated. The kitchen is the most expensive part of the house to renovate and that is why it’s the most desirable move-in ready room. The modern home buyer has changed from DIY after the buy to wanting an on trend ready kitchen. There are four factors home buyers look for in a kitchen before putting in an offer. 

One: Cabinet Quality

The quality of the cabinetry will always succeed the number of cabinets any day of the week. A lower quality cabinet will always look as such, especially in the hardware. Invest in high quality hinges because that is the first sign of a low-grade cabinet.

Two: Symmetry

The human eye is naturally programmed to respond well to symmetry and repetition, so having a simple kitchen will yield a better return. Keep door and drawer proportion sizes the same, for example, large drawers are more appealing than a bunch of smaller drawers.

Three: Light and Bright

Whether it is your personal style or not, white is the most universal cabinetry color. It is clean, bright, airy and most importantly, it allows the potential buyer to envision themselves in the space. Keep the kitchen open and bright, if a contrast is necessary, install a contrasting back splash or counter top.

Four: Open Layout

An open floor plan is an aspect of a home that every new buyer is looking for. If there is space available to add an island, do it! An island is one of the most desirable aspects of a kitchen and will provide a great return. Remember that buyers like open multipurpose spaces where they can visualize themselves having a gathering.

While the rest of your home can be updated with fresh paint and maybe new flooring, the kitchen is the one room in a house that gives a potential buyer the feeling of home. Keep the space a light and inviting space while keeping in mind small details and great quality.

The Best Trending Bathroom Vanities

The one room in the house that can stand to have some creativity is the bathroom! It’s the kind of room that can have a wild wallpaper and totally work because it just does. Another aspect of any bathroom that can be more on the unique side is the bath room vanity. Trending bathroom vanities range from long one of a kind stunners to small compact understaters and everything in between.

Floating like a Genie

It’s no genie, these vanities are floating and are ideal for lovers of sleek and contemporary design. A great feature to add is a water fall counter top flowing down the edges and on to the floor for a high-end look.

Farm House Vibes

It’s not a secret that the farm house look is huge right now, (thanks Joanna Gaines). This type of rustic look embodies beautiful wood grains and the versatility to make the stain light and airy or deep and dark.

To the Wall

Wall hung vanities are the perfect solution for small spaces. These little guys can practically be hung anywhere (with plumbing of course). They are very versatile with size and style ranging from a long, modern look to small, rustic beauties.

Simply White Vanity 

This one may not seem as exotic, but having a simple white vanity allows for unique and colorful tile and other statement pieces such as in lighting.

Custom Colorful

On the other end of the spectrum, installing a custom colored bathroom vanity will certainly spice things up. We suggest if you are going with a statement vanity, pair it with neutrals. The neutrals can still be fun and interesting by playing with different shapes of tile.

Furniture Conversion

This one is a garage sale wander’s dream! Re-purposing old furniture to recreate into a bathroom vanity is a great way to have a one of a kind piece that no one else has! Even something as easy as recreating a low dresser will make for great bathroom storage.

These trends are very popular at this point in 2017 and most will likely continue as bathroom trends in 2018. You can never go wrong with mixing unique trends with timeless staples to create a long lasting and personalized look.

 

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