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6 Kitchen Designs Trends to Watch in 2018

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6 Kitchen Designs Trends to Watch in 2018

Briana Perrino-Barrett

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May 21 4 minutes read

The most important room in the home is also the one that’s subject to the most changes and updates, from cabinets to flooring. As the new year begins, it’s a good time to take a look at kitchen design trends affecting the real estate market. Homebuyers, you may be seeing these trends in new homes, like these new construction homes in Naperville. Want to see more details on these homes? Just click on the images.

And homesellers, take note—making selective kitchen updates can bring a higher return on investment. According to the latest cost vs. value data from Remodeling Magazine, a minor kitchen update in a midrange priced home in the Chicago area will recoup 75% of its cost, while a major midrange kitchen remodel only has a 60% return on investment. Ask your john greene Realtor for best-practice homeselling strategies, including the best kitchen updates to make for your home.


1. Glass Cabinet Doors

Many kitchen designers are now opting for a mix of solid and glass-fronted cabinet doors. Glass doors allow you to keep your dishes protected while also putting them on display. Having glass cabinet doors can also make a kitchen appear more open and spacious. 

2. Single-Level, Multi-Purpose Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands continue to be a mainstay in kitchen design. One trend emerging for 2018 is the single-level, large island designed to function as a workhorse. Designers are adding under-counter appliances and smarter storage as well as retaining seating and serving capacity.

3. Unique Kitchen Sinks

White or stainless steel sinks are a classic and timeless choice for kitchens. However, kitchen designers are moving away from these trends. In 2018, you can expect to see more copper, stone, concrete, and granite composite sinks. The most popular colors are expected to be black, bronze, and gray.

4. More Color

In 2018, you can expect to see an increase in color in kitchens. While white kitchens are not expected to disappear, more kitchen designers are opting to add color to these spaces. All colors are becoming more common, but the most popular choices are gray, blue, and other neutrals.

5. Quartz and Quartzite Countertops

Although granite is still a popular choice among kitchen designers, it does have some flaws. For example, because granite countertops are porous, they must be cared for properly to prevent stains. For this reason, quartz and quartzite have become popular alternatives to granite in new kitchens. Quartz offers a solid, non-porous surface that never needs to be sealed. This new construction home at 603 North Loomis Street Naperville features quartzite counters. Here’s a quick explanation of the difference between quartz and quartzite.

6. Painted Cabinets

Painted cabinets have been a common design choice throughout the last decade, with most homeowners choosing white. However, in 2018, more homeowners are expected to branch out to other colors as well, such as navy or gray. Some homeowners will also choose to pair white with navy or gray to give the kitchen some variety. This home for sale at 3308 Club Court in Naperville pairs gray cabinets with a white island.


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