While the kitchens of tomorrow may not have instant hot meals and tropical fruit cultivators that lower from the ceiling, there are a number of obvious trends that are here to stay. After 35 years in business The Buckingham Group recognizes that all trends are not timeless. Accordingly, our designs incorporate trends that are here to stay, those that will stand the test of time.
Here are our top picks for 2018 kitchen design trends:
1. Open Floor Plans – tomorrow’s kitchen will become a seamless part of the house, not sectioned off as a separate room. The open floor plan is a beautiful thing when designed correctly. Traffic patterns flow freely to allow easy exchange of people, drinks and food. Tomorrow’s kitchens will beg for extra friends and family to drop by and become part of a comfortable, spacious place to hang out. For an example of an open floor plan visit our case history titled Open Kitchen Concept.
2. Single Level Kitchen Islands– With fewer walls involved, the open kitchen floor plan will need an island to take care of storage needs and to make good use of floor space. The kitchen island also gives unlimited design potential for casual dining, comfortable visiting and laid-back living. The kids can cozy up to the island to tell you about their day while you whip up a healthy and fast dinner with the help of your veggie washing station, induction cooktop and more designed into your helpful kitchen island. Visit our Kitchen Island Gallery for a range of ideas on kitchen islands.
3. Induction Cooking – There are multiple reasons to become enchanted with induction cooking. First it delivers fast cooktop heat and precision temperature control for both general cooking and the simmering of temperature sensitive recipes. The smooth surfaces of induction cooktops are aesthetically pleasing to the eye. They also allow spills to be easily cleaned up. On another note, if you accidently turn on an induction cooktop without ferrous cookware present it will not heat up and if you remove a pot from its surface while cooking the unit will not generate heat in the room. They are inherently child proof since a small hand will not get burned with contact, even if the top is on.
4. Clean Lines – Kitchens of tomorrow will continue to show off the beautiful granite or quartz countertops that are prevalent today, but they will do so without extra embellishments. You won’t see the collection of old canning jars or the baskets of spices cluttering the counters. Cabinets will go to the ceiling to give a beautiful vertical eye line to complement the horizontal counters and handle pulls. The stars of the show will be the natural materials that make up the cabinets, tile and countertop. Not the knickknacks.
5. Quartz Countertops – Don’t worry about sealing and scrubbing the countertops when quartz becomes your kitchen work surface. Quartz countertops are virtually maintenance free. Once installed there is no sealing or polishing of the surface required. Their non-porous structure creates a countertop that is almost impervious to stains from coffee, tea, food, juices or wine. Because their surface is non-porous they are less susceptible to hosting bacteria. They are extremely hard, are difficult to scratch and are quite scorch resistant. And, as time has progressed, the overall appearance of quartz surfaces has drifted away from what originally was an artificial look and now can replicate a variety of natural stone surfaces in appearance.
6. LED Lighting – By far the most energy efficient, most eco-friendly and cleanest form of lighting is LED lighting. Long life expectancy stands out as one of the major features of LED lighting which when coupled with the fact that approximately 80% of the input energy is turned into emitted light provides the home owner with significant energy savings over the life expectancy of the bulb. LED lighting is also available with a wide variety of emitted light, covering the spectrum from the warm look of an incandescent bulb to the cool white appearance of a fluorescent. So, when you think of lighting, make sure you go LED and you will help save both the planet as well as your money. For more information on lighting explore the lighting section of our Resource Library.
7. Touch of Color – Minimalists of yesterday are evolving to embrace a touch of color without overdoing it with a full palette parade. While white and black were fun for a while, trends have turned away from the sterility to find more stimulation for the mind. While tomorrow’s kitchens may still love the white cabinets and black stainless – steel appliances, they will now embrace navy blue or dusty gray for one wall, sunshine yellow for one accent, or even midnight blue, taupe or olive for the bottom cabinets.
8. Outdoor Kitchens – Following the open floor plan concept, kitchens are starting to spill outdoors. A 3-season patio with a full kitchen complement under a protective roof promises many happy meals of hot grilled specialties and fun snacking possibilities. Close enough to the kitchen to grab that condiment that you forgot, outdoor kitchens are just an extension of the good times that happen in the large, comfortable indoor kitchen. For examples of outdoor kitchens go to the Outdoor Living Gallery on our website.
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