Every time a hot cooking hot is left too long on a surface, every time a marble mortar is dropped on a tile, every time a knife misses the chopping block and gouges a streak in a wooden unit the kitchen bears a scar. There was once a time when the kitchen was pristine, loaded with the latest gadgets and positively gleaming with promise. Now, however, it’s starting to show its age. The built in mod cons which were all the rage are starting to look decidedly quaint, the surfaces have seen better days, the flooring is looking very sorry for itself and the whole ambiance of the kitchen has gone from glistening futurism to shabby chic.
With spring well and truly here, many people choose to embrace the time honored spirit of “out with the old, in with the new” and using the season of cheer and optimism as a good excuse for some much needed renovation in the kitchen. Since kitchen renovations are proven to add value to the home and increase its chances of resale, it’s a shrewd move to make, too! If you have a mind to inject some style and vigor into your culinary escapades this season, you’ll likely be on the lookout for the must have design trends and must have gadgets of 2018. Hopefully the following will point you in the right direction to help you assemble a kitchen that you’ll adore cooking, feasting and making memories in for many years to come.
If you want your kitchen to make a statement but have a limited budget, replacing your countertops can breathe new life into even the dowdiest of kitchens. For the thrifty, replacement countertops and a lick of paint here and there give all the wow factor and sense of renewal of a full renovation at a fraction of the price.
Although white countertops are still very common, featuring in over 40% of new renovations, don’t be afraid to give your kitchen a sense of your own idiosyncratic personality. Deep, rich colors are slowly but surely making a big impression on the kitchen scene.
They can eat up a small room and get very messy very easily. Plus, any seating around the island is inevitably built with space saving in mind rather than comfort, so don’t be surprised if guests are loath to sit at it.
It can resist spills and stains and although it is hard wearing it can be changed as your tastes evolve by sanding it down and refinishing it.
If you rely heavily on your microwave for defrosting meats, yet consistently find that the edges brown while the inside remains frozen, you may wish to invest in the next generation of microwaves like the Panasonic NN-SN966S which use inverter technology to ensure a more even cook. They even self correct and adjust cooking temperatures and timing to prevent cold spots.
A kitchen that is gorgeous, hard wearing and smarter than ever is now within your reach in 2018!