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The Heart of the Home: What 2018 Has Cooking for Kitchen Trends


We have all heard the saying, “Home is where the heart is.”

But where, exactly, is the heart of the home? What corridor pumps life into this beloved sanctuary? In which room do delicious feasts originate, ready to spread joy and life to eager smiles?  Where do friends and loved ones gather for cherished moments of laughter and great meals?  Home is a place where everyone is family, where love lurks in every crevice. The special place where the days start and end with nourishing meals for hungry souls.  The heart of the home is surely the kitchen.

With each new year, dedicated designers strive to bring art and genius together for an innovative display of the latest design trends. Whether it be color, lighting, or storage, each year brings the opportunity to invigorate and improve the design world.  We are excited to show you what the kitchen’s got cooking for 2018.

Kitchen Trends 2018 x Black and White x JWH Design

The dance between black and white continues in kitchen trends, and one can see it in this Old Greenwich Kitchen by JWH Designs.

Black and White Still Equals Gray

The dance between black and white continues to be a staple in kitchen trends. The bold contrast between the two shades brings both harmony and balance. The two pallets have always been a classic match, and their blended shades continue to thrive as a popular kitchen trend. The wide ranges of grays, updated up with subtle undertones of color, are part of Farrow & Ball’s “new neutrals” collection.  Beautifully coordinated palettes, act as backdrops for contrasting punches of color. As gray evolves into the world of innovation, color trends may have a new king this year.

Storage, Space, and Sanity

Clutter undoubtedly slows us down. It is hard to function efficiently when the gears in your life are clogged. An environment plagued by clutter has been linked to depression, anxiety, and even memory loss! Having a kitchen with inefficient storage or space usage will surely end in a messy nightmare.

No matter the size of the family, or the size of the kitchen, storage is a concern in every kitchen. That’s why it is no surprise that innovative, sleek, and storage efficient multi-tiered drawers continue as a growing kitchen trend. These beautifully crafted designs don’t just capture the eyes, they capture the clutter.

Kitchen Trends 2018 Call for Innovative Storage x JWH Design

Storage is a huge kitchen trend for 2018.  Cabinetry solutions by JWH Designs capture the clutter and restore the sanity.

Clutter does not just come in the form of stuff, but it also walks as general structures (i.e. too many people in your work zone!)  Creative space planning has always been the key to improving flow and function, and will always be in style.

Mix It Up!

One current kitchen trend that we especially love designing is the mixture of different materials for cabinets, countertops, and metals. A sparkling quartz slab brushing up against a textured oak will warm up any kitchen and offers practicality and a touch of bling. Hints of brass cabinetry hardware compliment the clean aesthetics of stainless appliances. The balance of elements makes for inviting partnerships for a unique and personalized result.  The more the merrier.

Contrast a Story

Contrast is everything, and when correlated to light, a story begins to unfold. Abstract shapes that lay stamped on the floor begin to swirl and hypnotize with astonishment, as contemporary wood grain melts from a solid black marble. Traditional methods of brickwork splice majestically with modernism when introduced with a new pattern.  As all are absorbed and reflected off the calming white hues that surround the scene, this kitchen trend could be on Broadway!

Kitchen Trends 2018 x House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year by Matthew Quin

House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year featured custom hardware on JWH Cabinetry by the Matthew Quinn Collection.


Cherish Your Heart

As passionate designers, our eyes brim with excitement each year with the coming of new kitchen trends. The innovations in technology and artistic vision are gems that we hold close to our hearts, and such things fuel our dedication to achieve exquisite form and innovative function in each and every custom cabinet.

The kitchen is the home of the heart, so let us cherish it like our own.


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