Photo courtesy of Callen Construction
White cabinets are still popular but we are noticing more toned grays
and rustic wood. On the walls many clients are asking for open shelving
in place of wall cabinets. We are also seeing more contrasting or
complementary island tops to perimeter tops. As far as sinks, look for a
farm sink with a single basin. We are installing more stand pipes
instead of air gaps, which cleans up the countertop. Other popular items
being included in kitchen islands are wine coolers and microwave
drawers. French door wall ovens are not only a stylish choice, but
they’re also great in limited spaces because you don’t need room for a
conventional door to fold down in front.
Mike Slawnikowski, M Design Build Kitchen Technology
Technology continues to change the way kitchens are designed today.
Charging stations for electronics and touch sensor faucets are becoming
standard items in every kitchen remodel. The next step is synched
appliances that uses Bluetooth technology to do things like
automatically turning on vents and lights when the cooktop is in use.
Bluetooth is also being used to control oven functions remotely with
your smartphone. Speaking of smartphones, touch-and-swipe controls like
those on your iPhone are coming to the cooktop. No more nobs or buttons;
just drag your finger around the arc to adjust the heat for each zone.
And GE is reportedly working on a series of appliances that will
synchronize cooking times for the microwave, range and oven so that
everything is finished and ready to serve at the same time.
Mike Slawnikowski, M Design Build
Floors and tiles
Hardwood is still king, wood plank is in, floor tiles are getting bigger
and we are seeing more mixing of patterns. When it comes to color, matte
finish is the newest trend to follow. Bamboo is big, especially
strand-woven bamboo, which uses the inner fibers of the bamboo plant and
is engineered to be twice as hard as traditional bamboo flooring. Other
popular materials are reclaimed wood, cork and concrete (while) pebble
stone tiles are great for bathrooms. No matter what flooring a client
chooses, more of them want to include a heating element. What was once
the domain of the bathroom, heated flooring is being installed in more
areas of the house.
Photo courtesy of Elements East
Pops of dramatic color are making their way into otherwise neutral parts
of the house. In kitchens, a bold color, like bright blue, is an obvious
place to be understandably unexpected. Whites, grays and stainless steel
are beautifully offset with a bright colored stove or bright tile
backsplash. Pretty pastels are happening as well. They can be an easier
way to accent a neutral environment while still adding a touch of
Meg Hopkins, owner, Elements East
Aging in Place
The number one trend continues to be enhanced accessibility
accommodations. In the last several years, homeowners have had an
increased focus on aging in place. Now more than ever, those looking to
buy are looking for a universal design with ease of access.
Specifically, these remodeling projects include widening hallways and
doorways and enhancing safety in bathrooms.
Paulette Sodemann, designer, Callen Construction
While the majority of homeowners desire a finished basement, current
trends are pointing to going the extra mile with a basement remodel.
This means more than just waterproofing and laying down flooring.
Basements are being renovated to include all the amenities of a home’s
main levels. A small kitchenette in the basement is becoming very
popular, as is a full bathroom. In addition, a basement is a perfect
place for a home theater.
Paulette Sodemann, designer, Callen Construction.
Granite has been a top seller for quite some time but quartz is now the
number one seller. As much as we love natural stone, quartz is a surface
we love just as much. Quartz countertops are popular because not only do
they come in an array of colors and styles that can resemble natural
stone, but they’re also well loved because of their durability and
carefree maintenance. If you’re about to start a project with any
countertops consider using quartz. It’s durable, has incredible finish
options and it’s fresh. Quartz has a vast array of selections, including
those that mimic natural stone. In the case of a Carrera marble, a
quartz would supersede the benefits of marble as it is much more
Jeanne Jarecki, Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store, Whitefish Bay
For years Japan has been the undisputed leader in high-tech toilets,
with other countries seemingly OK with retaining the same mechanism for
decades. But homeowners are starting to get interested in a bit of tech
in their toilets. The 2018 high-tech toilet will see things like seat
warmers, automatic lid openers and slow-close features, an adjustable
air dryer, built-in deodorizers and so on. Some even have speakers and a
wireless music player that automatically turns on when the lid is opened
and shuts off when the lid is put back down. Kohler, for example, now
offers a multifunctional toilet called Numi. Compatible with Amazon’s
Alexa technology, you can ask it to do things like lift the toilet seat,
prepare the bidet or even play songs from your stored playlists. It is
not just the toilet that is going high-tech either. The entire bathroom
will see a few innovations in 2018 like smart showers that automatically
know your preferred temperature and can turn on your favorite tunes
during shower time. Or you can add a small fridge within your bathroom
cabinetry to keep medicine and drinks cool.
Cori Miller, Kohler Signature Store, Milwaukee
Photo courtesy of Elements East
For many homeowners, their dream bathroom is inspired by those luxury
magazine pictures with enormous double tubs, his and her cabinets, and
expansive marble flooring. But in recent times, some have discovered
that smaller bathrooms can be just as great. The 2018 bathroom interior
design trend will be toward smaller bathrooms with a focus on efficiency
and small-scale luxury. The secret to making small bathrooms
comfortable, and not cramped, is the efficient use of available real
estate. Every inch must be put to good use. You will see freestanding
single-person tubs starting to get more popular. Smaller but artfully
designed toilets and smaller uniquely designed sink bowls will also
begin to make a presence in the bathroom. Other companions to
scaled-down bathrooms include space-saving walk-in showers, more
shelving instead of cabinets and large floating vanities to increase the
perception of space. The bathrooms are also being decked out in wall
patterns or interesting floor graphics that make the room feel bigger.
Steven Miller, Gerhards Kitchen & Bath Store, Whitefish Bay
Brass is Big
Brass has been making its way into the trends for quite some time and
the world has finally fallen head over heels for it! Yep, you read that
right. Chrome and satin still reign supreme if you want to keep it
classic, however, shiny brass is back in a big way. Not ready to commit?
Yet another trend is rose gold. You can’t go far without seeing its
marks and we are not complaining. This trendy metal finish can be used
in quite a lot of features. From faucets to lighting to rivets and even
appliances, this trend is sure to bring the look of luxury into your
— Sara Keeton, Gerhard’s Kitchen & Bath Store, Delafield