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Kitchen trends for Irish homes in 2018

The kitchen is a central part of any home and whether you are a domestic god or goddess who loves nothing more than cooking or whether you are more of a survivalist, you will want your kitchen to be as functional and aesthetically pleasing as it can possibly be. This is why you will likely obsess over the appliances, the cabinets, the sink and the fridge in your new home. The beauty of kitchen trends is that there are so many options to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice in finding the theme and décor you want. Here are just a few of the biggest kitchen trends of 2018:


Two-tone cabinets, mix and matching

 Along with the colour trends of kitchens for 2018 is the mix and matching of cabinets in a cool two-tone style. The contrasting of colours in cabinetry will have a significant presence in the fashionable kitchen palate and is a trend that will run and run due to its modern and daring flair. Adding sections of bright cupboards amongst neutral units/worktops will brighten up your kitchen and firmly set itself into 2018 with its contemporary finish. Having said that, white kitchens continue to be on-trend and if your new home benefits from having a built-in kitchen you may find there is little you need to do except put your own stamp on it.


Open Shelving

Open shelving is one trend that is not going to go anywhere anytime soon, meaning home owners can play around with their kitchen space. With the void of cabinetry an extractor fan will become a centrepiece in the kitchen so dress it smartly and brightly. Consider copper, steel or brass to name a few depending on your overall kitchen design specification.


Deep Drawers

Drawers have evolved from back-bending storage for pots and pans to deep drawer space that can hold just about everything in your kitchen. The ability to customise drawers too is a real game changer with most boasting slots to hold plates and knives, dividers to keep bottles separated and stackable shelves too! There are even removable boxes and jars that can be built in to reorganise your kitchen with convenience and efficiency ensuring your ‘go to’ items stay in one place. Hettich has introduced an intelligent kitchen concept and this short video explains why new (and older) homes benefit from innovation in the kitchen.


Metal Mixtures

The stainless-steel look is  always on-trend but if you are looking for a slightly more interesting scenario then you’ll love this trend. Brass is hot right now along with copper and bronze. Black is a good option too instead of the clinical stainless steel which can swallow a smaller kitchen space.


Marble and Wood

The earthy and natural looking wood is fast becoming a kitchen must have and its rustic charm skilfully combines with marble counter tops. A winning combination in kitchen design for those who love their home to reflect the environment, adding some bang on trend green plants will brighten up the kitchen.


Smart Fridges

Large fridges that are free-standing are once again ‘in vogue’ instead of the classic and integrated style kitchen. Many loved their fridge hidden for a minimalistic dream, but this isn’t the case for everyone. Boasting A+++ energy efficiency, enhanced performance, quieter operation, first-class design and mega interior capacity for food storage this innovative fridge is a kitchen tech must have. Smart Device is available as an extra and is networked to the Smart Device Box, which allows the appliance to access further services. The Fridge Cam (available soon) will take a photograph of the interior of the fridge each time the door is closed and will be displayed in the Smart Device App. Allowing you to see what is in your fridge from anywhere and at any time making shopping easier and food wastage a thing of the past. Stainless Steel with Smart Steel significantly reduces the visibility of finger marks and with a high-quality finish, it is very easy to clean and far more scratch-resistant. In the Bio Fresh compartments food retains its freshness and appetising appearance significantly longer than in a conventional fridge. You will also never have to defrost your freezer again. You can buy your own Liebherr fridge here…


Colour Trends

From natural neutrals, oak, petrol-green and charcoal (with black accents) to indigo or teal and vibrant and bold colour choices like deep-blue or plum and violet. As one spends quite a lot of time in the kitchen picking a colour that is true to your kitchen creation is imperative and with the addition of flooring, counter tops and appliances the colours are the starting point of kitchen trend success.


If you are considering buying or selling in the South Wicklow and North Wexford areas in 2018, call into one of our offices (located in Carnew and Gorey) and chat to any of our expert team or you can contact us online at We are happy to facilitate overseas buyers and sellers via Skype or similar, outside of regular office hours.

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