In real estate, people talk about location, location, location. In home design, the talk is of kitchens, kitchens, kitchens. The reason for this is pretty clear, and we’ve mentioned it before, the kitchen is the most used room in the house. With that in mind, we look at some hot kitchen design trends for 2018.Country Kitchen DesignsWhether traditional or contemporary, the country kitchen look is expected to be trending strong next year. From grey undertones that look like stone to contrasting colors between cabinetry and flooring, each of these designs possesses a timeless quality that would be difficult to match were it not for the country theme in both. (CountryLiving.com)Contrasts and Two-tone ColorsSpeaking of contrasts, another hot design trend this year will be two-tone colors in the kitchen. Not only does this kitchen show delightfully contrasting accents between the backsplash, flooring, and cabinets, the cabinetry itself is nicely inconsistent: weathered white oak and Farrow & Ball's Cornforth White paint in Modern Eggshell. (HouseBeautiful.com)Island StorageOften a dead space, kitchen islands remain popular with homeowners. Finding innovative ways to employ these well-loved features for storage uses will be a big trend this year. For example, a kitchen island with a refrigerated crisper built right into it is a design decision that stands out from the pack.Hidden AppliancesEspecially when counter space is at a premium, getting appliances out of the way will be too. However, the trend for 2018 is to get all appliances off the countertops, even if there is plenty of space to be used.Kitchen as Command CenterThe kitchen is the center of activity in many homes. The large wall of cabinets serves as a command center concealing a telephone and compartments for family mail, calendars, and cookbooks. Painted cabinets and granite countertops make this space a bright gathering place for family fun and entertaining.What kinds of kitchen design trends have you seen, that you believe will continue throughout 2018?Looking for more interior design trends, marketing tips, and ideas? Get in touch with TD Fall today.
In the late 21st-century, a vampiric disease modifies some people, imbuing each of them with superhuman strength, intelligence, and speed. Worldwide civil war looms as normal people, feeling threatened by their enhanced brethren, demand the extermination of the group… Enter Ultraviolet to save the day.Or, perhaps more baffling, Pantone has chosen purple – which they label as Ultra Violet – as the Color of the Year for 2018. Pantone says it chose this color because it conveys “originality and ingenuity, [and] is a distinctive and complex purple shade that fascinates and intrigues.”Yes, well, Milla Jovovich was fascinating and intriguing in the role of Ultraviolet in the film too. Doesn’t necessarily mean you want to show her off in your home, right?Pantone Color of the Year 2018 – Ultra VioletAll kidding aside, while Pantone claims that “Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet,” one can’t help but wonder if the statement made by such a shade might be too intense for decorating most homes.After all, ease of integration into a new design should be considered with the Color of the Year and, while Ultra Violet is bold, it may just be too bold for too many homeowners to accept.That said, for those who are intrigued by a color that “suggests the mysteries of the cosmos”, on-trend colors like this do tend to make it much easier to find furnishings and decorative accessories in the hue, eventually.For anyone who loves purple, it looks like 2018 will be THE year to stock up on their favorite color.What is Pantone?The Pantone Color Institute is a consulting service within Pantone that forecasts global color trends and advises companies on color in brand identity and product development, for the application and integration of color as a strategic asset.Recognized around the world as a leading source of color information through seasonal trend forecasts, custom color development, and palette recommendations for product and corporate identity, Pantone Color Institute partners with global brands to leverage the power, psychology, and emotion of color in their design strategy.Looking for more interior design trends, marketing tips, and ideas? Get in touch with TD Fall today.