Kitchen Trends for Your Chicago Home 2018

What better way to ring in the new year than to update one of the most commonly used spots in your house? While the living room may draw focus for guests, you’ll find your kitchen quickly becoming your house’s central hub day-to-day (particularly for children). Still—you might find your cabinets or your appliances lagging behind the times. Start 2018 right with a few updates--or even a full kitchen overhaul—and get your home looking its best. If you’re stumped on what to swap out, or how to plan your dream kitchen, we’re sure that these top kitchen trends for 2018 will be keeping your kitchen stylish and (most of all) convenient. Out with the old, in with the new.

Automation Station

It’s the way kitchens (and really all rooms) have been going for the past 5-10 years, and this year is no exception. Sensor-activated lights, hands-free faucets, Wi-fi enabled appliances and even kitchen apps designed to unify every appliance have all started to creep into design lovers’ must-haves. Start making life a little simpler by adding a hands-free faucet or a touch screen stove—you’ll find that conduction-heated stovetop have started making major appearances.

Dark Floors, Light Colors

Dark wood stained floors paired with grey, light wood, or white cabinetry will make a statement—and make your kitchen comfy and inviting. Consider minimalist hardware or a boldly colored refrigerator for a little added interest, or simply pair your flooring with a classic white subway tile and white painted cabinetry for the perfect farmhouse look. Matching black stainless steel appliances with cabinets is a great way to make your kitchen have a themed look.

Statement Tile

If wood isn’t your thing, statement tile might be. Bold, colorful patterned tiles are popping up in 2018’s trendiest kitchens. Why not take the dive yourself? Pair a mosaic or quilt pattern floor tile with white cabinetry for a simple-yet-eye-catching look. An added benefit to tile versus wood is that during the cold and snowy Chicago winters you won’t have to worry about your hardwood floor warping.

Open Layouts

Your kitchen should be your home’s heart. But you find it hard to get comfortable with a cramped kitchen space, cut off from the rest of your house. If you’re planning a full kitchen overhaul, opt for an open floorplan. A kitchen island can replace a breakfast bar without breaking off your kitchen from your dining room, which will make your space seem larger and more inviting.

Farmhouse with a Twist

One thing that’s here to stay in 2018 is the modern farmhouse style. Shaker cabinets, subway tile, natural woods, copper hardware and fixtures will make your kitchen look cozy and up-to-date. More modern, minimal touches, such as recessed hardware and bold lighting will add a little chic to your downhome farmhouse kitchen.

Mixed Metallics

Mixing copper, silver, gold-plated and other metal fixtures will add a surprising amount of visual appeal to your kitchen. Add in a silver-highlighted stove with copper fixtures against a marble or quartz countertop for a truly unique look.

Quartz Countertops

There’s no better material for counters than quartz. The material continues to reign supreme as a durable alternative to granite, and the material comes in a variety of colors, from statement tones to subtle marble. As an added plus, quartz countertops are non-porous, which makes them incredibly stain resistant.

Guest blog: Matt Lawler