Consider warm colors, natural materials to update kitchen

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White will always be a classic color for kitchens, but warm colors are on trend for 2018. Continuing to take the spotlight are natural materials such as stone and granite, with accents of copper.

While the year's hot products might change, some design professionals remind us that quartz is here to stay.

We might see a decrease in the use of white or stainless steel sinks. A new trend is integrated sinks - meaning the sink is made from the same materials as the countertop. These sinks are stylish, chic and modern, and they make for easier maintenance - no more food getting stuck between the lip of the sink and the countertop.

Colors for 2018 are earthy tones of camel, brown-black, reds and burnt yellow. Expect to see darker hues and gritty textures in stone, quartz and granite.

Among those "now" textures are a leathered finish that has become popular in the Lowcountry, since a major stone fabricator acquired state-of-the-art equipment from Italy. This finish is achieved through a technique that brushes the stone to bring out the natural texture.

The intensity of the color is preserved and enhanced. For granite or marble that has interesting veining, a leather finish enables you to actually feel the movement in the stone as well as see it.

Leathered finishes are used effectively in kitchens and bathrooms to lend a rustic patina. Even the simplest surfaces can have sophisticated look. Leathering also hides fingerprints and water spots well.

Design professionals expect the use of color in the kitchen to explode in popularity. Color doesn't mean just a bold statement. Choices in color can be subtle as well as dramatic.

The use of subtle colors that are near-neutrals lets you build in interest and appeal without competing with other decorative details in the kitchen.

Sinks won't be just white or stainless. A colorful sink offers a wonderful pop of color and focal point to a neutral kitchen. Bold fixtures in vibrant and complementary colors can be changed in the future to create a whole different look.

The unlimited choices make it even more important to find a design professional who understands your style, budget and the home design industry's options.

Andrea Antunes McGilton is project manager at Distinctive Granite and Marble, with showrooms in Okatie; Lady's Island; Pooler, Ga., and on Hilton Head Island.

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