'Kitchen design in 2018 is all about timber veneers, colour contrast, texture, metallics and the ongoing industrial look,' says bespoke furniture manufacturers Schmidt.

'Personalisation will be big in 2018,' adds Sinead Trainor, kitchen category manager at LochAnna Kitchens. 'The tail end of 2017 has seen the emergence of more bold colours and textures in kitchen doors and this will follow into the new year. The mix of striking solid colours and woodgrains will continue to prove popular, whilst more industrial finishes like concrete will sit alongside these to really create interest in the kitchen. Consumers are increasingly looking for more variety and being braver in their style and colour choices.'

From colour to materials and appliances to aesthetics, take a look at the best kitchen trends of 2018.

 
Bold, vibrant colour schemes
Style inspiration: Sunshines shades - yellow. Styled by Lorraine Dawkins.
 

'Vibrant colour schemes will continue to be popular for 2018 with a focus on both Scandinavian application – pops of bright colour – or complete maximalism –with colour clashes,' says Matt Prall and Stephen Garland of Papilio. 'The use of colour in the kitchen is extremely important and should reflect homeowners' personalities and their needs. For instance, a space for cooking should be light and bright while spaces designed for entertaining could have a darker essence to provide a suitable ambience.'

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Delicate pastels

Pink kitchen cabinet shelf
 

'Pretty pastels present real design advantages and are a great way to inject a little fun into the kitchen, especially when used as co-ordinating or contrasting finishes,' say the team at Schüller. 'For those keen to create some individuality, yet not quite brave enough for the dramatic contrast of bold colours, then pastels are ideal partners for popular grey palettes and wood effect finishes. Used for highlighting and creating features, pastels in blue, yellow, pink and green can create a real wow factor.' 

Pictured: Schüller.C collection – crystal white high gloss and pastel rose, Schüller via InHouse

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Hues of blue

The Shaker Layon range from John Lewis of Hungerford, priced from £17,500 inc. vat
 
From cobalt blue to powder blue and teal, blue is the colour of the moment when it comes to kitchens. Darker shades of this versatile hue will prove to be the most popular. 'Undoubtedly the biggest colour trend the industry has seen this year is the desire to have blue in the kitchen,' reveals BA Components.'This bold and dramatic move is for those who are brave and want to make a statement within the home.'