Kitchen trends 2018: "Granite is so dead"
October 30, 2017
Quartz will kick granite off kitchen counters in 2018.
Home BUILDER magazine has been poking around home and design shows and checking industry press to see what big trends are emerging for the 2018 kitchen market.
This is meant to give our renovators and home builder audience a heads up on what to recommend or dismiss when planning projects for next year.
First up, prepare to change the countertops from what has been the market leader for years. “Granite is so dead,” stated one home design blogger.
Quartz is now the most popular kitchen countertop material, and is expected to knock granite off its perch next year, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association and other sources. The venerable Better Homes and Gardens states, “Quartz-surfacing countertops require less upkeep than their granite counterparts and offer timeless appeal.”
Contractors say that if any cutting is required, however, quartz can produce a lot of dust so precaution needs to be taken.
The trend spotters were split on the hottest new kitchen colours for 2018. Some say earth tones, others say more vibrant hues should be mixed in, but the overall consensus is that white is out. Most agree that blue will be a top contender as the most popular kitchen colour in 2018.
One trend coming out of Europe and being seen in more high-end kitchens here is an overall industrial look. As one designer explained, “Industrial design is a style characterized by details such as exposed brick, exposed pipes, rustic metals and minimalist furniture, the trend is inspired by factory spaces.” Sounds like a fairly easy renovation project, at least, if the homeowner can be convinced to go with it.