If you have ever watched TV shows focusing on what it takes to sell a home for what the market can take, the one thing that is constantly a problem is an outdated look. As a homeowner, you probably think your home looks just perfect because it is familiar. It may even be an accurate reflection of your personality, and you would not change a thing. However, you want a house that looks modern and up-to-date, especially the kitchen design. When deciding on what will give you the most return on your investment during a sale, build, or renovation. You should know what is trending.
Here are The Kitchen Countertop Trends for 2018
Quartz countertops are in
This is not a recent trend. Natural stone and re engineered stone countertops have been leading the pack in kitchen countertops for more than a decade. You might say that quartz countertops have become a standard in kitchen countertop materials, and for several very good reasons. One is beauty. Nothing compares to the richness and depth quality of stone countertops, and quartz countertops have the benefit of being readily available in a wide range of colors and designs. Another is durability. For the best return on investment (good quality stone countertops range from $39 to $155 per square foot so that is a considerable investment), the homeowner wants something that will last. Popular brands of quartz countertops include Caesarstone and Silestone, but many other brands are just as good or better.
Tiles are in
A kitchen remodel in 2018 will likely include the use of tiles, whether natural stone or ceramic, for kitchen countertops. The emphasis is on sleek and seamless, not grout.
Thin and Straight
The trend is for ½”-thick straight countertops with no drop edges coupled with edge drops to make it look twice as thick. Partnered with tiled backsplashes and a granite or quartz countertop, this kitchen gives sharp nod for designers in 2018.
Looks are great, but homeowners need to like the feel of kitchen countertops as well. Marble is gorgeously smooth and cool to the touch, making it a great work surface for many a budding baker. Honed finishes are the most popular type of natural stone countertops because of its tactile quality.
Black and white has come into its own once again. Home-buyers are looking to sleek and clean rather than fussy and decorative when it comes to kitchens. Black granite countertops and white cabinets make a strong statement of starkness and utility that appeal to both modern and classic tastes. It also takes a lot of guesswork when it comes to choosing colors. Nothing is more basic than white and black.
Granite -as always- kicks it
While quartz countertops and stainless steel may be the choice for practical homeowners, granite countertops continue to lead the pack in premium kitchen counter tops. Granite is equally smooth and cool as marble, and it has the added benefit of requiring less maintenance than the relatively softer marble. It is also slightly more affordable without looking any less gorgeous. While stainless steel is the choice for modern kitchens for its functionality and no-porosity, there is no question that granite is the more esthetically pleasing. The added cost of regular sealing is offset by the eye-candy value of gleaming natural stone.
An interesting kitchen trend is contrasting classic granite countertops with a colored sink. Gone are the days when utilitarian stainless steel or ceramic white sinks were the only way to go. Colored sinks in light green and blue are adding an unexpected and exciting splash of color in what are otherwise neutral colored kitchen countertops. A wide selection of colored sinks is readily available for the asking.
Laminates that look like are also starting to become an acceptable alternative to the real thing for the purse-pinched homeowner. While it does not have the durability and value of real granite, laminates can duplicate the look at a fraction of the price as long as you do not look too closely.
The Internet has caused traditional spaces to evolve. Many kitchens also serve as a home office, so current trends demand easy access to technology with the addition of charging stations, LED televisions, and convenience appliances. You can easily convert a kitchen island with a durable granite countertop for office use for its versatility, mobility, and storage capacity, and many people do just that.
Your selection, remodel, or renovation kitchen can be a fun experience, and it can pay off in the end if you pay close attention to trends. You do not have to follow all of them if your personal preference rebels against them, but you should at least know what they are. Keep in mind what people want for 2016 when making your kitchen countertop decisions and you will do just fine.
Space saving and multi-functional, kitchen islands are becoming more of a design focal point than an afterthought in many kitchens. It is a must-have for its use as a catchall for non-cooking kitchen activities such as eating breakfast, entertaining visitors, and swapping stories of the day. In fact, the trend is for two kitchen islands, back-to-back or side-to-side. A floating kitchen island can also serve as a portable bar or wine rack for adult entertainment.
The kitchen island is often the first thing that catches the attention of a home-buyer or guest, and a frequent conversation piece. Store-bought kitchen islands may not start the right conversation, though. When choosing a kitchen island, make sure that it reflects the overall look of your kitchen. You can also refurbish an old, dated kitchen island by replacing the countertop to match the rest of the kitchen countertops for a seamless design.
Designers are increasingly inclined for pullout cabinets and drawers to go with stone countertops, which make perfect sense for any homeowner that has ever struggled to get at the stuff at the back of a deep cabinet. This modern and clever convenience should carry over for a long time to come.
Top Kitchen Countertop Trends for 2018
Kitchen remodel plans nerve-wracking, and your kitchen countertops are sure center of the attention when it’s done. Imagine how devastating it would be if it makes your kitchen look outdated! You can use this time in the planning stage to decide on a look for your countertops that can help you plan for the overall look of the kitchen.
Find Out What The Current Trends are For Kitchen Countertops
White is still the preferred color for kitchen countertops, because it looks classy, clean and sleek. Classy never goes out of style, so you can go full steam ahead if this is your choice. It is design-friendly, as it goes with anything, so you can go as crazy as you like with your paint colors, cabinets, and backsplashes. White marble is the top choice, but some granite slabs are white, and engineered stones that look like marble are widely available. Next in line for popular colors are beige, black, and brown.
Lines and edges
It is not yet seen everywhere (maybe because of the cost) but if you want to be at the leading edge of the trend, opt for a waterfall countertop. The waterfall countertop uses the same paterial down the sides of the counter all the way to the floor. If that is not your style (or in your budget), the next best thing is to have a mitered edge.
Form meets function when it comes to kitchen islands. Kitchen islands can extend the design and functionality of your kitchen in many ways. It adds workspace and storage capacity, and it serves as a combination of breakfast nook and home office. In an open floor design, your kitchen island can also serve as a divider, bar, extra seating, even a misono table! You can do almost anything with a kitchen island, which is why it is a trend likely to stay for a long time. Larger and longer is the prevailing trend, so start measuring your available space!
Of course, countertops are all about materials, and there are lots of them out there. All of the materials trending in 2016 have their pros and cons, so that’s no help. When it comes to choosing one, you have to ask yourself what look you want in your kitchen. Are you aiming for modern and functional, or traditional and warm? Natural, or man-made? Do you want to make a statement, or is comfort your most important criterion? While you are debating on these questions, take a look at what is trending in terms of materials.
Composites and Laminates
Kitchen countertops have become almost synonymous with natural granite, marble, or engineered quartz stone, but the buck doesn’t stop there. Some new, and some old, materials are gaining some ground in consumer preference. Among the new ones are dekton and neolith. Both are synthetic countertops, and resistant to heat, scratching, and staining. Dekton is a glass-porcelain-quartz composite.
Neolith is Porcelain
Laminates and eco-friendly composites are also finding favor, especially if you are on a budget. Good quality laminates look very much like stone and they are low-maintenance, although heat is their archenemy. Eco-friendly composites are also good because they keep bacteria count down and are largely heat, scratch, and stain resistant with proper sealing and care.
However, you may also want to consider wood. Once largely displaced by natural or engineered stone, wood is making a comeback in modern kitchens. The most popular wood for countertops is American black walnut waterproofed with marine oil. The classic butcher-block countertop is also popular, which is of course great for food preparation. It is has a classic, timeless appeal, so you need not worry it will become outdated. Heat spots and scratches are easy to remove with a bit of sandpaper and mineral oil. Innovators have moved away from clean and smooth edges of a wood countertop to favor the live-edge look. In essence, you keep the natural edge of the wood intact and simply polish it for an organic feel.
Concrete and Metal Countertops
Concrete countertops are not actually new, but it is just recently gaining an audience for countertops and kitchen islands. It can be tinted in any color, although earth tones and gray are the most commonly used. Add in a backsplash of distressed zinc or pewter, which is bacteriostatic, and you have a thoroughly post-industrial look to your kitchen. You can also try brushed stainless steel for backsplashes if you want something easy to keep clean.
While it may not be the ideal choice for kitchen use, tempered glass is still trending because it looks amazing. You can get glass in tiles or back-painted sheets in a wide variety of designs. It can be tinted any color like concrete, and it is easy to clean. It is resistant to heat, scratch, and stains. The biggest drawback to glass countertops is the repair. You have to be more careful round glass countertops than you would be with stone, concrete, or wood. A good compromise is to use glass on areas that gets the least traffic, and other materials for your workhorse areas.
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Trending kitchen countertop designs are all about form and function. Overall, marble, granite and engineered quartz still make up the bulk of desirable kitchen countertops, but it doesn’t mean you have to follow the herd. The look or material you choose depends on your needs. However, if you are undecided, or like to look of more than one design, there is no reason why you cannot combine them in your own kitchen. Many designers make use of two or more materials for different parts of the granite countertop and still get a cohesive look.