These Are the 2018 Kitchen Design Trends to Watch

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If you’ve ever planned a kitchen renovation — or even if you’re just fantasizing about one — then you’ve probably spent some quality time on Houzz. The home remodeling and design platform is the spot for architects and designers to show off their latest work. And it’s so fun to browse!

Even remodels that are way beyond your budget can inspire smaller-scale and DIY changes at home. What I personally love about looking at designers’ projects is that these pros are constantly evolving and coming up with exciting new ways to reimagine our spaces. I love any opportunity to learn from someone with more talent and expertise.

With so many photos on the site, one of the cool things that the Houzz team can do is see what sorts of images people are gravitating towards — meaning they can predict that something’s trending even before you realize you like it. Here are their 2018 design predictions.

1. More colorful kitchens

White has dominated the kitchen for a while — cabinets, countertops, tile, the works. But maybe, just maybe, the all-white kitchen is hitting the, uh, saturation point? Houzz trend-spotters are seeing increased interest in alternative neutrals, like blue and gray, and even a return to warm wood stains over painted cabinets.

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2. Surprising sink materials

Stainless steel and white enameled sinks have been a staple for years. Now, Houzz staffers are seeing a rise in more variable, earthy materials, like concrete, stone, copper, and granite. The move reflects a trend toward artisanal and rustic spaces that have more warmth than the stark, restaurant-style industrial kitchen.

Read more: Trend Spotting: Copper in the Kitchen at Apartment Therapy

3. Vintage-inspired lighting

In a similar vein, architects and designers are using more vintage-inspired and antiqued lighting fixtures, like aged copper fixtures or warehouse-style pendants. The move reflects a respect for heritage styles and classic shapes that have stood the test of time.

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4. Concrete accents

While concrete has been gaining in popularity, it’s really starting to shape, as it’s being cast for furniture or decorative accessories, or used to create countertops and tile.

5. More creative backsplashes

Tile-making techniques just keep getting better and better, and every day people are getting more comfortable with the idea of getting a little wilder with their tile. Backsplash tile that looks like wood, concrete, resin, fabric, or even wallpaper are trending.

Which of these are you most excited about?

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