The top kitchen trends for 2018

By Kaboodle

As always; trends come and go, but some of our favourite trends seen in previous years are here to stay in 2018 – and we’re quite happy that they’re sticking around.

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The top kitchen trends for 2018

2018 is a big year for trends. With the introduction of bold accents and the development of major trends we’ve seen previously, there’s a lot to catch up on this year. You’re going to see a lot of stone and concrete inspired looks as well as pink hues and raw timbers throughout the interior design world in 2018, and we’re laying it all out for you here at kaboodle. 


Stone and concrete

Concrete and stone inspired surfaces promote elegance and poise within the kitchen interior space. In 2018 we are seeing these surfaces take the form of tiles, polished concrete floors, kitchen benchtops, splashbacks and homewares. Concrete influenced benchtops and kitchen cabinets are starting to emerge as a major trend as they follow a neutral colour scheme and add balance with a textured surface. Stone-inspired laminate splashbacks have also become popular in the kitchen and what makes them great is that they don’t come with the hefty price tag of natural stone. Using natural foundations such as concrete and stone also gives you the freedom to accessorise your space with bold tones such as black handles and brass fittings to add a sense of modern chic to your kitchen. 

Raw timber

Raw timbers are increasingly appearing around you. Timber in its rawest form brings a calm natural element to any room, and what makes it more versatile is that you can use it within any colour scheme and it’ll work wonders. You’ll see raw timber feature in almost any café in Melbourne, and people are now bringing raw timber into their homes and offices. A major focus of this trend is on lighter timber such as Victorian Ash or White Oak, celebrating and embracing its knots and textured edges and leaving them untouched. Although lighter coloured timbers might be the focus don’t panic, dark coloured timbers are still occasionally appearing throughout the industry. Darker timbers are being used to make a strong and deep statement to set the mood of an interior space. Traditionally timber features on benchtops in kitchens, however this season you’ll see it also showcased on kitchen cabinets and doors. And what better way to bring a raw, earthy tone to your home than by introducing a timber feature to your space!  

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Raw timber adds a natural element to any space.


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Use our paint your own doors to get this look.

One of the biggest trends for 2017 is here to stay, but with a twist. Green adds bold, fresh tones and textures to any environment and contrasts well with most colours. One of the easiest ways to incorporate a pop of green to your kitchen is to introduce indoor plants. Natural greenery not only brightens up a space, but it is also environmentally friendly. But, if plants aren’t for you, give your cabinets a fresh coat of paint and bring calmness to your kitchen. You can do this with existing cabinet doors, or if you’re after a completely fresh look you can use our paint your own doors range which gives you the freedom to choose from the thousands of colours out there! We have a range of profiles available for your freshly coated design. Make a statement with royal green cabinetry, or go for something a little more subtle like an light olive green shade. 

Gold accents

You’re going to see a lot of brassy gold accents within the interior space in 2018. Gold accents add a sense of class and are sure to make an impression no matter where you place them. An easy way to include gold accents is through your fittings; taps, sinks, handles. A lot of designers are also incorporating gold tones into their kitchen designs, through cabinetry. Gold cabinet doors may sound like they’re over the top and obnoxious but surprisingly they’re not, they’re actually the complete opposite. But if gold cabinetry doesn’t sound like you, try brassy shaker pendant lights, these make a bold statement and create a satisfying focal point in your kitchen. Mix and match gold tones with materials such as concrete, rustic timbers and marbles to create a lasting impression on anyone who sets foot in your home. 

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Gold accents are sure to make a good impression.

Pink hues

Pink and rose inspired hues are not going anywhere. Give your home a hint of Beverly Hills Hotel chic and incorporate pink hues within your kitchen and living spaces for a bit of extra spice. Partner pink shades with natural greenery, marble and gold accessories to create something classy and long-lasting. Who knew a combination so simple could be so special. You can also get this look in the kitchen with our paint your own doors range—it’s up to your how subtle you’d like your pink cabinetry to be! 

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Beverly Hills Hotel inspired pink tones are in.


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These unique patterned tiles make a statement.

Patterned tiles have made a huge impression on the mainstream design market. More and more people are incorporating unique patterned tiles into their kitchen and bathrooms as statement pieces within their space. Herringbone tiles are popular in the interior space this year, stemming from their traditional wooden floorboard style. Designers are now putting these onto walls for something a bit different. Small coloured penny tiles are also a great way to add dimension and a pop of colour to a room without overwhelming it. And the classic subway tile is here to stay for 2018 but with more variations of it expected. The classic white tile will never go out of fashion, but this year you will see darker versions paired with black grout appear in kitchen splashbacks for a modern twist. Tiles are a great way to add a bit of colour to your kitchen, especially if you don’t want to stray from traditional colour cabinets. Better yet—if you already have bold cabinets within your design then you can use patterned tiles to give off a bit more va-voom.

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Ultra violet is the 2018 colour of the year.

Ultra Violet

This year, Pantone’s colour of the year is ultra violet. Ultra violet is a bold and strong purple that is aimed at evoking inventiveness and imagination in society in order to further develop and explore newer technologies and the greater world itself. A great way to incorporate this bright colour into your home interior is through your furniture and homewares. Try adding a statement chair in your kitchen surrounds and some bold purple placemats in your dining room. You could be brave and paint your kitchen doors an ultra-violet shade too! Another simple way to add this bright shade to your interior is through flowers. Dwarf iris’, lavender, violets and lilac’s all have fantastic purple tones, and they are a brilliant way to add a temporary burst of colour. 

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