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Latest Kitchen Design Trends for 2018

The latest kitchen layouts offer an abundance of options and design trends. These were among the key takeaways during a recent International Builders’ Show seminar in Orlando focusing on “What’s Cooking in Kitchen Design.” Interior design industry experts Laura Sullivan, founder of ID.ology Interiors & Designs based in Asheville, N.C., and Deboni Sacre, founder of Liv Design Collective headquartered in Salt Lake City, provided a breakdown on what’s trending in the following areas:

• People want multi-functional islands
• Different shapes are in demand, not only the traditional rectangle
• Multiple seating and wrap-around seating is becoming more popular
• The island is the focal point, and can change the whole look of a kitchen

• Luxury designers are building large, walk-in pantries
• Butler pantries are an emerging trend
• Pantries are acting as an extension of a kitchen, but hidden away

• More layered lighting
• Decorative fixtures
• Recessed lighting still popular
• Toe kicks and overhangs

• Open shelves for ease of access
• People are comfortable displaying dishes and pots in open shelves
• Pull-out cabinets are a nice touch to save space
• Decorative display pot racks are becoming more popular

• Consumers want more high-end appliances
• Appliances can come in many colors
• Power outlets on island for phones and laptops
• Motion-sensing fixtures

• Full-wall backslashes are in demand — no more four-inch back slab
• More materials are popular, such as wood and a metallic look
• Creative patterns

• Bold is back in the kitchen
• Navy, black and blue
• Painted and natural mixing
• Brass is still hot
• Mixed metals is a big trend

• Quartz is the new budget material
• Increased us of wood, natural and softer colors
• Stainless steel is making a comeback

There are so many choices it can quickly become overwhelming. At Pinehurst Homes we have home design and remodeling professionals who can help you navigate the choices to get the kitchen fits your lifestyle and budget. Our President, Wayne Haddock, is a Past President and member of the Moore County Home Builders Association. As an active contributing member of the National Association of Home Builders (, Wayne would like to thank the NAHB for their contribution to this article.

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