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Kitchen Decor Trends That Aren't Going Away Anytime Soon

Colleen Stinchcombe


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These kitchen decor trends were huge last year & still will be in 2018

It’s a new year, which means a whole host of new trends infiltrating our feeds. If you’re in the midst of a kitchen redesign or even contemplating making small changes, it can be hard to know if that trend you’ve finally come around to appreciating is about to make an exit or not. Should you go for the farm sink or let it go? Buy the patterned tile you’ve been eyeing for a backsplash or wait?

We reached out to Andrea Rosewall, an interior designer in Glendale, Arizona, to find out which popular kitchen trends are going to stick around through 2018.

1. Patterned tile

If you’re loving patterned tile, fear not: It’s going to stick around. “Some of these could be natural stones that are cut into the pattern,” Rosewall said. You can also look forward to some more modern designs, “like mid-century, clean, geometric patterns.”

2. Marble

”White marble as backsplashes as accents — some people are doing it for countertops,” Rosewall said. It is a trend that’s going to continue. And considering that it’s not the most durable or kitchen-friendly material, you may be wondering why. Well, beyond it being gorgeous, Rosewall said, “it’s basically that money nod, the nod toward the fact that you can afford to put marble in.”

So unless you’re rolling in the dough, you can probably just stick to window shopping the marble trend on Instagram.

3. Integrating metals

“Whether it’s being used in light fixtures or door pulls or handles, you’re going to see a lot of brass, a lot of copper, a lot of rose gold,” Rosewall said. Mostly, she said, because it looks super-chic. “It’s kind of like when you put together an outfit and you layer jewelry onto the fabric you’re already wearing. It adds another level.”

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4. White on white

This trend is going to stick around mainly because it’s so easy to accomplish and has a huge impact. “It makes any kitchen look bigger than it is,” Rosewall said. “Whether you’re doing Ikea or pre-box cabinets from Home Depot or whether you’re paying for custom cabinets, it’s something everyone can achieve when they’re redoing the kitchen.” Even people who don’t want to buy new cabinets can paint their current ones white for a fresh look, she said.

4. Open shelving

Despite being somewhat impractical, “open shelving made out of wood and metal is going to continue to be a big thing that people want,” Rosewall said.

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5. Colored cabinets

Ooooo this color from @benjaminmoore is on

For people who are a little more daring with their kitchen decor, one trend is rising above them all: colored cabinets. “We grew up with that cherry wood, the beech wood … there wasn’t any color,” she said. “People are doing greens, gray, blues [in more permanent fixtures] and that’s going to continue to be a trend.”

6. Unique light fixtures

Using pendant lighting as a jumping-off point, people are going to keep making random objects into lights. “You’re going to see turning vintage colanders into light fixtures, old whisks into light fixtures, taking kitchen items and using those as the pendant light fixtures,” Andrea said. It’s a great way to add a sense of personality to a space, she adds.

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7. Apron-front sinks

One trend that’s still a mainstay that Rosewall doesn’t love is apron-front sinks, or farm sinks. “I don’t personally see the appeal because you have to cut into your cabinet or buy a new cabinet, and they’re expensive and porcelain, which means they’re easily broken, but a lot of people are just digging that apron-front sink,” she said. There are alternative options made out of copper, nickel and other metals if you’re looking for more durable options.

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