Top 10 kitchen trends you need to know for 2018

By Aoife Valentine 13-03-2018

Classic cabinetry, marble splashbacks, slab panels and handleless units; we present the top kitchen trends for the year ahead...


Open Layouts

Get ready to knock down walls; open plan kitchens are here to stay as we crave more casual and connected lifestyles. Style your kitchen as you would your living space with furniture – think floor to ceiling cabinets, lots of open shelving and even a bookcase for all those cookbooks. A cleverly positioned island can help to define the cooking and dining zones and act as a focal point. Low seating at this island incorporates the dining table into the kitchen.

Buy now: The Kube Nova Lack kitchen in light grey combined with oak cladding, tall units and worktop. Available from Kube.


Modern Minimalism

The pursuit of the seamless look in kitchen design has evolved from plain, handleless cabinetry to fully integrating all-functional facilities, hiding not only the fridge but even the oven. This minimalist kitchen from Spanish brand Santos is available in a huge range of finishes, including melamine matte and gloss, as well as textured lacquers and woods. Door fronts are handleless with grip style openings.

Buy now: Line E kitchen by Santos, available to order from €10,000 from Lomi Design.

Wood If You Could

Wood, wood and even more wood; going with the grain is great again. We’re loving this gorgeous handcrafted kitchen designed by Andrew Ryan Furniture in conjunction with Brazil Associates Architects. European oak doors, aged using traditional finishing skills and sealed with natural oils are complemented by bespoke bronze handles, The worktops are a mixture of Basaltina and solid oak. All finishes on the doors are done by hand. The splashback is natural quartz.

Buy now: The individually handcrafted and hand-finished French Riviera kitchen collection from Andrew Ryan Furniture.


Monochrome Magic

Black and white is a classic colour combo that never dates and works well in any size kitchen. Team a black island with glossy white units or pick out one run of wall-mounted units in black – just a little goes a long way. This Vitrae kitchen from the Spanish brand Santos features glass fronted cabinets with aluminium frames and neat integrated handles.

Buy now: This kitchen, including floor to ceiling units and stone worktops is €39,342. Available to order from Lomi Design.


Going Green

The colour green is predicted to be this year’s hottest hue, so expect it to make an appearance everywhere – and certainly in kitchens. This gorgeously green kitchen from Neptune features tulipwood cabinets, handpainted in Cactus and topped with Carrara marble in old English white.

Buy now: Prices for Neptune’s Suffolk kitchen start from €4,000 for a small/compact kitchen, up to €24,000 for a large kitchen with long runs of cabinets on various walls and a sizeable island. Visit for Irish stockists.

Mover And Shaker

In a world where slab panelling and handleless cabinetry are taking over the kitchen industry, it may be surprising to hear that the shaker look is still a popular choice. Modern shaker kitchens have been updated with on-trend colours and contemporary fixtures with none of the traditional beading on the door panels or door frames.

Buy now: Custom-made Lyndale inframe kitchen handpainted in Farrow & Ball's Pavilion Grey with polished chrome knobs and handles from Cash & Carry Kitchens.


Mixed Materials

Mixing materials and finishes makes for a more characterful kitchen, so be as bold and daring as you like. This SieMatic kitchen mixes sleek white cabinets with wood veneer floor to ceiling units and ceramic worktops. These units have been made to look like wall panelling and feature touch open fronts for a seamless look. The wall shelves are backlit so they appear to be floating.

Buy now: Pure kitchen range by SieMatic featuring S2 door and SCSE electric openings, available from Arena Kitchens.

More Marble

Marble is making a dramatic return to kitchens this year, and not just as worktops. Expect to see marble being used as a statement splashback and in ultra-modern kitchens. This custom-made kitchen by Rhatigan & Hick, created in conjunction with Ailtreacht Architects, features simple flat grey cabinet doors with colour-matched quartz worktops and custom-designed brass handles. Tall floor to ceiling recessed storage with white painted doors enclose two larders, and an integrated fridge and freezer. The long return of cabinetry has been designed with a traditional AGA, recessed ceiling extraction, and without wall units to allow the marble to sit pride of place in the design. The large island unit has carefully considered storage, additional cooking facilities and sink with Quooker tap.

Buy now: Custom-designed ‘Modernist’ kitchen from Rhatigan & Hick.


Classic Cabinetry

The traditional cabinetry look is set to be one of the most influential looks in the kitchen, this year, and Caple is championing the trend with its new Woburn collection. Available in ten on-trend shades, including barley and slate, the collection features beautiful painted doors with a solid ash frame and veneered ash centre panels, open shelving, curved doors, contemporary cornices, feature wall units and the option of curved pilasters, bottle racks and plate rate inserts for a more homely look.

Buy now: Caple Woburn alabaster kitchen from €14,000. Visit for Irish stockists.


Digital Imagery

Bring a bold, graphic touch to your kitchen with digital imagry on cabinet panels. This contemporary kitchen by Ikea mixes printed Kalvia doors and white Voxtorp doors. The cabinets are handleless and are topped with laminate worktops.

Buy now: Voxtorp kitchen featuring Kalvia units, Ekbacken worktops, inset Hallviken blacks sink, Bejublad oven and microwave and Lysekil white wall panel.


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