Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2018

Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2018

Whether you’re planning a full home renovation or just want to replace a few strategic elements of your kitchen, the in-house interior design experts at Century Cabinets & Counter Tops can offer you advice on the latest in kitchen countertops, cabinets, closets and flooring. Some trends have meteoric rises and are forgotten just as quickly, while others stand the test of time. It can be exhausting to sort through it all trying to find what’s right for your Vancouver kitchen. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the five trends you should pay the most attention to in 2018.

1. To wood or not to wood?
It seems that people are divided on the subject of wood this year. While some want a rustic, homey feel that uses a lot of simply treated wood, others want to banish it from the kitchen entirely, opting for non-wood materials, even for their kitchen cabinets. There are advantages and disadvantages to both, but in terms of trends, there doesn’t seem to be a middle ground these days.

2. Mixing materials
Whether you want a classic or modern feel to your kitchen, one way to add interest to even the simplest kitchen lately has been to mix unusual materials together. You’ll see a lot of harsh, industrial metal embellishments on simple wood cabinets in high-end kitchens these days, for example. It can be a great way to make your home feel unique without having to go overboard.

3. Everything can be lit
New LED lighting is an easy way to get lights where it would have been impractical to put them before. You can even put them in your cabinets to help you see when you’re looking for a late-night snack. It’s an easy way to modernize your home without having to do a full renovation.

4. Open concept is still in
No walls separating kitchen from living areas, large kitchen islands, lots of countertops or simple cabinets that keep clutter hidden! Open-concept kitchens have been popular for some time, and it looks like that trend will continue in stylish Vancouver homes.

5. Space-efficiency
The kitchen is returning to its place as the centre of people’s homes. That means we’re not just prizing comfort, but also functionality. The kitchen is where the food is made, the family dinners are eaten and the kids do their homework. That’s why more space-saving accessories have been popular these days, such as multi-layer shelving in kitchen cabinets.

At Century Cabinets & Counter Tops, we offer a wide variety of kitchen solutions to the Vancouver area. If you’re thinking of renovating your kitchen and need a few tips, we have in-house interior designers on staff that can point you in the right direction. Contact us today to find out how easy it is to have the kitchen of your dreams.

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What Countertop is Right for Your Home

What Countertop is Right for Your Home

When it comes to choosing bathroom and kitchen countertops for your Vancouver or Greater Vancouver area home, the number of options available can be overwhelming. With so many different materials and finishes available, there are hundreds of possibilities to choose from. So which material is best? Let’s review the pros and cons of five common countertop materials:

1. Marble 

  • Pros: Marble is an elegant choice for any countertop. It comes in a range of colours and finishes and is highly heat resistant. 
  • Cons: The main drawback of marble is that it’s porous and easily stained. Marble also doesn’t stand up well to scratches and can chip if not treated with care. 
  • Where it works best: In the bathroom. 

2. Granite

  • Pros: Granite boasts unrivalled natural beauty and can give any room an elegant, high-end look. It comes in a number of different finishes and is heat, stain and scratch resistant.
  • Cons: Granite is naturally porous and needs to be sealed on a regular basis in order to maintain the finish. Unsealed granite can stain easily, and the corners and edges of granite countertops are vulnerable to chipping. Granite is also more expensive. 
  • Where it works best: Suitable for both kitchens and bathrooms. 

3. Quartz

  • Pros: Quartz is a hard and incredibly durable natural material. It’s not porous and is highly resistant to heat and staining. 
  • Cons: Quartz is prone to chipping, especially around the edges and corners of your countertop.
  • Where it works best: Suitable for both kitchens and bathrooms. 

4. Corian

  • Pros: Corian, a surface material made from acrylic polymer, is non-porous and highly resistant to heat, scratches and stains. It’s incredibly versatile and can be moulded to any shape. Corian countertops can also look like one piece by sanding and polishing the joints for a seamless finish. 
  • Cons: The finish on a Corian countertop won’t be as bright and shiny as other materials. 
  • Where it works best: Suitable for both kitchens and bathrooms. 

5. Laminate

  • Pros: Laminate is one of the most inexpensive countertop options, and it comes in an impressive variety of colours and finishes, including some higher-end options. 
  • Cons: Laminate is prone to warping when exposed to water. It is easily damaged, and impossible to repair. 
  • Where it works best: The kitchen. 

Need help designing the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams? Come to Century Cabinets & Counter Tops today. We specialize in the fabrication, installation and design of custom-made cabinets, countertops, closets and flooring for clients in Coquitlam, Kitsilano, Maple Ridge, Vancouver and throughout the Lower Mainland. Make your dream kitchen a reality, with Century Cabinets & Counter Tops. Contact us today for more information.

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