Is 2018 the year you take on your kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel? Then you might want to take a peek at the kitchen and bath trends designers are seeing for the coming year. Kitchen and Bath Design News recently interviewed five industry leaders to discuss the popular kitchen and bath design choices for 2017 and which will carry over into the new year. We offer you the highlights of those predictions below…

Kitchen remodel trends
In the kitchen, it seems the trends continue toward convenience to make kitchens function better than ever for today’s busy families, with:

  • Column or built-in refrigerators, large-capacity refrigerators with water and ice dispensers and specialty drawers, and refrigerators with view-inside features are all predicted to be in high demand for 2018 kitchen remodels.
  • More appliances will be smart appliances enabled with WiFi, including ranges, refrigerators and dishwashers.
  • Dishwashers will offer three racks and steam cleaning.
  • Cooking will involve more induction cooktops as the prices start to come down, and consumers will also opt for steam ovens and sous vide techniques. French door ovens will continue to grow in popularity.
  • Homeowners will continue to choose deep sinks such as farmhouse and under-mount sinks, but will move away from white to choose sinks in matte black, bronze and brushed nickel.
  • Pull-down kitchen faucets with high arcs as well as hands-free and motion-sensor faucets will be popular.
  • Soft-close cabinetry will become the norm, as will, deep, wide cabinet drawers.
  • Storage will continue to be a concern, and consumers will seek out storage features like rollouts, pullouts, cutlery drawers and spice organizers.
  • Lighting inside the cabinets as well as under-cabinet lighting will enhance the kitchen experience.
  • For cabinets, homeowners will continue to be partial to neutral painted Shaker doors, with white and off-whites cabinets dominating. Gray will no longer reign supreme as taupe becomes the new neutral.
  • That said, the trend toward darker kitchen islands will continue.
  • Quartz will be first choice in countertops, followed by granite, butcher block and marble.
  • Consumers will choose wood plank style flooring in porcelain tile and luxury vinyl tile, or large-format tile flooring.
  • Kitchen walls will get a textured look achieved with rustic wood or different tile sheens

Bathroom remodel trends
In the bathroom, experts predict consumers will opt for more style when planning their bathroom remodels

  • Wall-hung toilets, bidets and innovative toilet shapes will be more popular.
  • Consumers will choose sinks made from vessels and non-white neutrals like gray and sand.
  • Tubs will have a satin finish and a matte look, and free-standing tubs will make a comeback.
  • In many bathroom remodels, people will show a preference for tubs over stand-alone showers.
  • In large bathroom suites, however, standalone showers stay strong, and will get rain heads, body sprays and aging-in-place features like a bench.
  • Satin nickel will stay strong as a finish, but there will be more interest in polished chrome paired with gray and white painted cabinetry.
  • Homeowners will opt for darker stains on cabinets or choose color instead of the traditional all-white bathroom.
  • Consumers will want more storage, and customized storage designed specifically for bathrooms.

Of course, the choices you make for your bath or kitchen remodel will be as individual as you are, but it’s important to know what’s trendy so you won’t make design choices that make your new kitchen or bath out-of-date in just a few years!

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