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2018 Kitchen Cabinet & Countertop Trends

By on Dec 27, 2017
2018 Kitchen Cabinet & Countertop Trends

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It’s hard to have a functional kitchen without well-done countertops and cabinetry. Because every homeowner’s needs are different, it's hard to say that any two kitchens are alike. Your kitchen cabinets and countertops are what makes your kitchen stand out and help you get dinner on the table easily. If your cabinets and countertops seem to stick out like a sore thumb, this might be the year for an upgrade.

Changing your cabinets and countertops can be a dramatic change for your kitchen. It’s a good idea to know what’s trending before making such a big investment. Here are the top kitchen cabinet and countertop trends for 2018.

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Kitchen Cabinet Trends 2018

Kitchen Cabinet Trends 2018

A great kitchen starts with stylish, and yet functional, cabinets. If you’re remodeling the kitchen, this is often one of the biggest changes to make. While the average cost to install new cabinets is $4,305, you have plenty of other options, such as refacing or refinishing to bring your cabinets up to date. Here are a few of the latest kitchen cabinet trends:

Two-Tone Cabinetry

Who said cabinets needed to be one simple flat color? This year, it’s all about mixing it up. Two-tone cabinetry is hot this year and will be for some time. Choosing two-tone cabinets adds depth and a focal point to your kitchen. Most often, this is done with the top cabinets in one color and the bottom in another, likely darker, hue. You can either choose two neutrals or two shades of the same color to mix and match.

"Love white and gray? Thinking about incorporating navy into the room? Turn towards the two-tone kitchen to give your kitchen a unique visual impact," Kristin Whalen, award-winning kitchen and bathroom designer, said. "In addition to gray and navy, natural wood hues are trending up as well to soften any white being used in the room and bring a cozy, earthy feel to the room."

Glass-Front Cabinet Doors

As a cabinet trend for some time, it might not surprise you that glass-front cabinet doors are trendy in 2018. As more homeowners turn to making their kitchens open and airy spaces, glass front doors add to that effect. It’s also a great way to decorate with your favorite dishes and bakeware. However, glass front cabinet doors do need to be cleaned more often than their wood counterparts, something to consider before installation.

Cabinet Storage

Keeping the kitchen as clean as possible is the goal this year and the best way to do so is with innovative cabinet storage. It’s no longer just simple door and drawers when it comes to cabinetry. "Homeowners continue to invest in customized storage solutions such as extra-deep drawers, especially by the range," Whalen said. "They make cooking and storage effortless as they're far more accessible than a standard base cabinet."

More homeowners are asking for appliance garages to keep items like their coffee maker or toaster in reach but out of sight. Drawers with vertical slots for silverware organization are becoming more popular as well. It seems like the possibilities for 2018 are endless!

Kitchen Countertop Trends 2018

Kitchen Countertop Trends 2018

Once you have your kitchen cabinetry in place, you’ll need a surface. Your new countertop should be one that you love as well as one that can stand up to the spills and mess of the kitchen. The average cost to install a new countertop is $2,719, with most homeowners spending between $2,032 and $3,131.

If you’re ready for a new countertop this year, here’s what’s trending:

Quartz Countertops

As a material that never seems to go out of style, quartz countertops are in this year. "Expect to see quartz continue as a top trend for 2018," Whalen said. "Quartz countertops are entirely non-porous, require no sealing, are less prone to chipping and cracking, and available in a vast array of stunning colors"

Every piece of quartz is different, making it a one-of-a-kind item for your kitchen. On top of its natural beauty, it’s also a great choice for a clean kitchen, as it repels bacteria. However, quartz is on the higher end when it comes to cost. The average cost of quartz countertops is between $60/sf and $115/sf. However, this is an option that is long lasting, so it’s a worthy investment!

Wood Countertops

A trend continuing from last year, wood and butcher-block countertops are still hot. It’s a beautiful look for the kitchen in addition to it being an amenity that home chefs love. If you’re looking for a sustainable countertop option, reclaimed wood is a great addition to the kitchen.

Seamless Kitchen Sinks

While farmhouse style sinks have been trendy for quite some time, more homeowners are looking for the minimal look of seamless kitchen sinks. These sinks are a part of the countertop itself, much like undermount sinks, and are often made out of the same material. They are easy to clean and prevent mold and bacteria from growing. It’s a great way to complete the look of your modern kitchen countertop.

Kitchen Island 2018

The Kitchen Island

If you’ve read about the 2018 kitchen trends, you know the kitchen island is no longer just for cooking and utility. This year, the kitchen island will become a gathering place for families and friends to enjoy time together in the heart of the home. So, it’s more important than ever to incorporate a kitchen island into your design. You can use these kitchen and countertop trends to help seamlessly blend your kitchen island into the look of the rest of the room.

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Trends

A small detail that shouldn’t be forgotten, kitchen cabinet hardware is important. This year, warm metals are trendy. Choose knobs in gold, brass and bronze to help get the look. Additionally, you may want to consider mixing and matching your kitchen cabinet hardware based on the two-tone look that’s hot this year.

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Trends 2018

What’s Out In 2018

As you can see, installing kitchen cabinets and countertops is an investment. Therefore, you want to be sure you’re sticking to a trend that will last. Whalen said that placing the microwave over the range will be out in 2018.

"If the microwave is too high, reaching and seeing in will be difficult for many users," she said. "It also replaces a sculptural vent hood for a slightly less elegant look and typically is not as effective at venting. Instead, opt for under-counter microwave drawers that fit in seamlessly with the rest of your cabinets, free up valuable kitchen real estate and makes the space more family-friendly in a location that everyone can easily reach."

In addition to the over-the-range microwave, here's what else you won't be seeing this year:

  • Dark Brown Wood Cabinets: Though simple, dark brown wood cabinets can actually make your kitchen look older than it really is.
  • Ceramic Tile Countertops: As the focus of kitchen trends goes to clean and sleek, ceramic tile countertops surely do not fit the trend anymore.
  • All-White Countertops: As color begins to make its way back into the kitchen, all-white countertops are the first to go.


Your cabinet and countertop choices are two of the most important you can make in your kitchen. Whether you’re completely remodeling your kitchen or just need an upgrade, consider these current trends to keep your home in style.

Looking for more ideas for your kitchen? Read 5 DIY Kitchen Remodeling Ideas That Make A Difference.

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