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3 Overrated And Outdated Kitchen Trends To Avoid In 2018 (And What To Do Instead)

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Your kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where families gather, where arguments are patched up, where memories are made and where we pass on the culinary secrets of our families from one generation to the next. But as our kitchens get a lot of foot traffic, not to mention a plethora of dropped pans, wayward knives and errant spills, it’s not uncommon for kitchens to look a little battle damaged over time. After awhile, we’re left with a sense of gloom that pervades in the kitchen no matter how much elbow grease, lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda we apply to the finish. When this happens we know it’s time to renovate… But while we may yearn for a kitchen that’s aesthetically appealing and offers all the mod cons one would expect from a household growing ever closer to the 2020s, it’s worthwhile to separate the fads from the fantastic. Which kitchen design trends are quintessential and which will be the butt of tomorrow’s jokes? Here we’ll look at some of the more overrated, overpriced or outdated kitchen design trends and look at what you can do instead…

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Consider Quartz Alternatives

When it comes to kitchen countertops there are many reasons to consider a stone surface. It has a characteristic charm, it’s hard wearing and it’s incredibly versatile, equally at home in rustic and contemporary kitchens. But while stone is always a welcome addition to any kitchen, there’s an overriding assumption that quartz is king, trumping marble and granite options. While quartz certainly has its advantages; it’s extremely strong and impervious to chips, scratches or marks, it does have one disadvantage over granite. The polymeric resins with which quartz is treated are not heat resistant meaning that your expensive quartz countertop could become dotted with ringed burns from pans if you’re not careful with them.

Kitchen Island

In recent years, many have fallen obsessively in love with kitchen islands. It’s not very hard to see why. They look so adorable, like a lone soldier standing in the middle of your kitchen with a plethora of tools and gadgets at their disposal. The reality, however, is that a lot of people with kitchen islands come to regret the purchase. They can make all but the most spacious of kitchens look small and pokey. They can become a barrier to conversation (not good in the most sociable room in the house) and they can be just plain uncomfortable to sit at. If you like the idea of a hub around which family and friends can chop, shake and chat, how about some of these cute alternatives to a kitchen island?

Open shelving

Very often the difference between great decor and mediocre decor is the little details. With that in mind, it’s clear why so many people gravitate towards open shelving. An open and tidy display of your kitchen accoutrements can give a nice insight into the kind of kitchen and lifestyle you embrace, and it looks great on an Instagram post. Unfortunately, open shelving just isn’t made with real life in mind. The kitchen is a hub of activity and it can be extremely difficult to keep the perfect diorama of your shelf intact while cooking.

Use your storage space effectively and keep everything in its place and you’ll not only enjoy a neater and tidier kitchen, you’ll have a lot more space to work with.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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