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Daval 2018 Kitchen Trends & Market Predictions

Comments attributable to Simon Bodsworth, Managing Director, Daval Furniture 

Daval, leaders in the design and manufacture of quality British fitted furniture prepare for the next big thing in kitchens and reveal the company’s Trend Predictions for 2018. 


Contemporary - The modern homeowner is looking towards ultra-thin profiles, uniformity of design and a visually lightweight aesthetic that offers practical living. Accordingly, contemporary kitchens are moving away from the chunkier profiles and looking to slim, thinner contouring. In terms of the modern kitchen, material selection is also a key consideration, seeing the use of accent metallics and matt finishes being used to define more minimalist décor and furniture.

Classic – Transitional design solutions have become the go-to alternative for giving the look and feel of a traditional kitchen with modern refinement. Shaker style doors and slab drawer combinations are maintaining classical proportions and still retain a modern look and feel. Classic kitchen concepts will also be pairing back proportions to allow painted finishes, brass accessories and artisan techniques to come to the fore and characterise the space. Capturing the trend for retro revival perfectly, classic kitchen schemes in 2018 will offer old world traditional styling met with contemporary functionality and performance.

Traditional - Classic in-frame door fronts that epitomise the shaker period are becoming a front runner for creating a timeless kitchen scheme. Whether made from real wood or styled with a paint-effect finish, there is beauty in the details when it comes to a traditional aesthetic.


Grey remains the frontrunner for contemporary kitchen design, with colours like charcoal and dove grey emphasising this colour trend. To ensure a grey kitchen scheme does not become monotone and potentially feel cold or clinical, our customers are opting for a refined combination of oak and blonde woods like Ash to create a warm tactile aesthetic with subtle foundation.

For the trendsetters, it is prudent to know that blue will become the colour of the moment with darker shades proving most popular: Slate, Steel and Denim Blue, Heritage Blue and dust grey. No longer are powder blue and periwinkle the go to shades of blue, instead moody blue interior design statements are set to be the preferred colour palette this SS18.   

Additionally, grey is being introduced through faux finishes like marble and stone. Slate, Concrete, Steel and Basalt stone effect laminate finishes are bringing a more industrial, raw aesthetic to the modern kitchen whilst bringing tactility and extrasensory appeal.    

Materials & Finishes

Broad mixes of materials are being used across both furniture and finishing touches to create a ‘signature look’ through varying tone and texture.

Matt - the go to for adding a greater sense of luxury, design appeal and point of difference to most interior schemes. With no signs of abating, matt finishes continue to gain in popularity across the UK market and Daval believe this is a result of mixed material interior trends coming to the fore and providing you with a vast array of counterbalancing materials and finishes: wood, stone and metallic effects. 

Textural – highly visual and especially tactile laminate solutions can create a surface with true-to-life texture that replicates raw materials like wood, slate, marble, fabric, leather and metal.   

Painted - paint effects are transforming the classic kitchen, with in frame panel doors and slab drawer combinations dominating this choice of finish. Time-honoured techniques are seeing hand spraying over engineering, providing even more design advantage and level of quality to the end user by elevating colour and finish option.


Hidden from view – Hidden interior design has gone from strength to strength, using multifunctional kitchen furniture as a great way to conceal utilities and maximise storage in a discreet way. Streamline cabinetry, flush fitting worktops and drawers, tall unit and tailor-made interior storage options can be used as a clever room divide or simple display area for storing kitchen utensils, herbs and spices.

Designs that benefit from cleverly designed doors like bi-fold and coplanar sliding are perfect for hiding away large and small appliance will ensure the operating system fits the space and runs ergonomically. Not only minimising noise pollution, the ‘right door’ will create a reactive environment which is ideal for entertaining and open plan environments. Small mezzanine racks provide additional storage space in cupboards with pull-out rack systems, deep drawers and combination shelving also standing firm as a way to create one complete area which caters to multiple needs.

On display – open storage solutions have completely changed its role in the kitchen, now recognised as a natural extension to the main kitchen storage or used as a room boundary. Consequently, display storage can be used to great effect and provide an space for an everyday utility area or dedicated boot room with bespoke coat racks, umbrella stands and shelving to store obstruent shoes and bags: normally reserved for the hall. These types of innovations have become a great way to keep the kitchen as organized, clean and clutter-free as possible. 

Island life - Offering an extra place to sit, dine, prepare food, cook, create additional storage or even provide an area to wash-up, the island unit has become a fundamental resource in the modern home, whatever your style of kitchen. Accommodating different styles of kitchen, architecture and individual, the island gives the option to create a multipurpose workstation that embraces ‘cooking, cooling and washing’ in the same area/furniture of the kitchen.

Configurations like rectangular, l-shaped, u-shaped, curved and with or without a breakfast bar demonstrate how the island unit has become more refined in terms of design. Consequently, the island unit can now provide you with a multipurpose storage option that embraces ‘cooking, cooling and washing’ in the same area/furniture of the kitchen: ideal for open plan living environments where discreet design is paramount.


For the added touch of luxury consider more avant-garde room accents. Glass and mirror, leather bound handle details, copper splashbacks, dramatic pendent lights and felt lined drawers can be all it takes to elevate your new 2018 kitchen. 

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