Here’s a good article on kitchen trends for the upcoming year by Renoassistance.com.
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We’ve put together the 2019 kitchen trends with the help of our best kitchen designers and experts to help you get started with your kitchen renovations! Your kitchen design is important as this room tends to be the centerpiece of your home; it’s where we entertain most of our guests, while preparing a meal or sharing some drinks. Spending hours a day in this room is surely not uncommon. Thinking of a new kitchen gets homeowners quite excited – especially if it’s well overdue. So let’s cut to the chase and get to the hottest kitchen trends for 2019.
1. Cabinet doors & original handles
Cabinet door handles can easily be neglected when designing your kitchen. Of course, you’ll pick handles that appeal to your taste, but are you aware of the number of possibilities available to you? There are so many shapes, colours, materials that exist! We’ve noticed that Scandinavians have original and great taste. They’ve been using leather rings or strips as handles, as opposed to the traditional handles we’re used to seeing. There’s no doubt that this look will gain popularity – especially now that IKEA offers them as options for their clients!
If you’re looking for a more modern kitchen design, the best cabinet handle you could get is none at all – it’s actually one of the top 2019 kitchen trends if you want a minimalist look. Some are opting to have their cabinet handles as cut-out holes in the kitchen cabinet door in various shapes and sizes. Most are going for either round-shaped holes or simply long indents that run along the base of the cabinet door. Indents that run along the base of the door give the illusion of there not being any handle whatsoever!
2. Different kitchen sinks
Without much thought, we use our kitchen sink daily – not noticing that it can be quite an interesting design element for the kitchen. We’ve seen many trends come our way, from white tubs to stainless steel sinks. These are still quite popular, but some designers have decided to kick it up a notch and create embossed sinks, some with metallic accents, and others of colour to complement the kitchen furnishing.
Some designers have even gone above and beyond by optimizing the sinks’ functions. They’ve taken everything into consideration: removable cutting boards, integrated coasters and pot holders, ice buckets, and the list goes on! These sinks are ideal for those trying to save space in their smaller sized kitchen. Why not make the most of the space you have!?
3. Pendant lighting
Although recessed lights have been a staple in kitchen trends for at least the last decade and are likely here to stay, the re-introduction of suspended lighting has become an embraced quirk for those looking to add a unique touch to their kitchen design. The suspended wiring, which may remind you of a swinging incandescent bulb with a pull chain, allows your unique pendant bulb enclosures to become centerpieces of the room – adding a form of expression and individuality.
4. Kitchen storage: open shelving
If you’ve got beautiful dishware, try breaking the monotonous vibe of your cabinetry by adding open shelving to your kitchen. Many people are opting for this solution to proudly display their attractive dishware. This concept is well sought after, especially for dishware – such as glasses and plates – you use most often. As for utensils, there exists wall racks on which you can hang them – making them easy to access. Though, forget about displaying pricey cognac glasses or other dishware that you only use occasionally. It’s better to put those in closed cabinets so as not to have to constantly be washing them because of dust accumulation.
You can also store some items in cute wooden boxes or glass jars. Not only will your food or cutlery be easy to access, but they’ll also serve as decoration. As for foods that can perish in the sun, be sure to keep those in your pantry or fridge. All other foods displayed might actually entice you to cook more often & take advantage of your beautiful kitchen!
5. Matte appliances for your home
We’ve seen the dark matte texture start to appear as a kitchen trend in more recent years. The glossy black panels once associated with class and elegance are beginning to appear tacky and overdone, and are being replaced with the more gritty surface reminiscent of sleek modern supercars.
This dark matte finish naturally reduces the appearance of finger prints and dirt. It also fits nicely with most kitchen materials.
6. Eat fresh with an indoor herb garden
If you cook a lot and are a stickler for fresh herbs, the convenience of having them handily accessible is an affordable luxury. Dried herbs hidden in a cabinet are becoming less desirable as our taste for freshness in our cooking is becoming more prominent, coinciding with the era of gourmet cooking reality shows and Instagram foodies. It’s not only a kitchen design trend but also a kitchen cooking trend!
The practicality of this indoor horticulture is coupled with the lush presence it provides in the kitchen, adding a dash of nature to an otherwise enclosed indoor environment. The proximity of these herbs to a water source (your sink) makes them all the more desirable. Be sure to also have a decent amount of sunlight for your fresh kitchen produce by assuring there is a window nearby.
However, if you feel as though you would not be able to constantly take good care of your indoor planters, you can opt for a system similar to an AeroGarden system, which allows hydroponic culture for up to 6 plants simultaneously. Keep your herbs, cherry tomatoes, hot peppers, and the like fresh and easily accessible all year round!
Do you have a green thumb and plan on renovating your kitchen? You can integrate dedicated areas for your herbs to your counterspace. A kitchen designer can help you with this!
7. Gold and copper accents
After having chosen cabinet, countertop, wall, and backsplash colours, most people are opting for a metallic accent colour. Golden or copper tones are a kitchen trend that seems to be quite stubborn as it is a style that keeps trying to make its way into our kitchens year after year. These metallic accents are being used most often for small fixtures, such as taps, faucets, or cabinet handles and complement lighter coloured countertops or darker toned cabinets quite nicely.
Both gold and copper give off a classy vibe to your kitchen. Interior design aficionados tend to make these accent metals crucial to their design decisions. These finishes also create a vintage, upper-class ambiance to the room – without having to necessarily break the bank!
8. Kitchen materials can be different in 2019
Have you ever heard of Terrazzo? It used to be widely used as flooring in governmental institutions, such as hospitals and schools. Nonetheless, it’s coming back as a trendy accent surface for many construction and renovation projects – and it’s definitely one of our favourite 2019 kitchen trends! Seen more and more in restaurants, bars, or even hotel counter spaces, this Italian style is no longer being used for floors only. Some designers are even using Terrazzo as a wall facing. It’s is now making it’s way into our kitchens, and we couldn’t be any happier! Being composed of various materials, such as pieces of marble, quartz, and granite, the colour combinations are infinite – assuring uniqueness and a potentially luxurious look, alike marble finishing.
Marble, on the other hand, is timeless. Though, we are seeing an increase in bold coloured & high contrasting marble pieces being used as kitchen islands – creating a dramatic focal point in the room. Find out the advantages & cost of using marble in your kitchen in our countertop material comparison article.
9. Pops of colour: brighten up the room
You’ve surely seen many kitchens with white everywhere – from the countertop, to the backsplash, to the cabinets. Although not so practical for cooking aficionados (staining your surfaces is way too easy!), it remains quite popular – even for 2019 kitchen trends. However, people are also adding pops of colour – breaking away from the more monotonous & monochrome scheme of an all-white kitchen. Accent walls, accessories, backsplash motifs, the possibilities are endless!
But, which colour should you choose? Pantone has already announced which colours will most likely be dominating interior design in 2019. One of the predicted colour palettes is called Cravings – which “draws inspiration from the plate” , as aptly described by Apartment Therapy. One can’t help but think of the fire-like tones spices have, or rich creamy colours. Otherwise, darker green tones – such as olive tones – and dark blues are also omnipresent in today’s kitchen decors.
10. Exceptional ceramics to complement your kitchen
In regard to ceramics, metro tiles remain quite popular. They’re also great on a tighter budget! These tiles are used in many decors – whether your kitchen has more of a vintage vibe or a more of a modern one.
Opposite to metro style tiles, you can also go for highly patterned tiles. Don’t go overboard with these original tiles, though. Use them to create a focal point or for an accent piece in your kitchen – such as the backsplash above the stove or the outer siding of your kitchen island.
And if you would rather a more conservative style, why not opt for matte tiling and use it in the same way you would patterned tiles. These can be used for flooring as well.