9 kitchen design trends for 2019 you need to know about
Planning your dream kitchen? Whether your current kitchen layout needs renovating or you simply want to refresh a tired colour scheme, now is the perfect time to create the kitchen of your dreams. But what’s hot in the world of kitchen design?
For 2019, the kitchen will perfectly blend form and function and technology will become increasingly present, helping to make day to day life a little easier.
Bespoke Pantries and Larders
‘When redesigning your kitchen, a bespoke larder is still one of the biggest trends this year and next,’ reveal Naked Kitchens. ‘A must-have in the modern kitchen, with storage at the right temperature and ingredients easily accessible, a well-designed bespoke larder is also a thing of great beauty.’
‘The kitchen island is synonymous with a luxurious and sociable kitchen,’ says Mike at B&Q. Not only a great place to perch, dependent on its design it can be used for extra storage, and adding bar stools can provide a casual dining area.
Benches and Banquette Seating
From built-in benches to banquettes and booths, the kitchen is becoming a communal space for lounging. ‘We are seeing an emerging trend with banquette style seating, in an area where kitchen islands and breakfast bars have dominated,’ explain Matt Prall and Stephen Garland of Papilio. ‘Banquette style seating is a fantastic use of space and offers a more comfortable seating to relax and get some much-needed headspace in this fast-paced world we live in.’
Naked Kitchens predicts a ‘new rich blue-green emerging’ in kitchens this year, with Magnet Kitchens also heralding green as a key colour.
‘Green kitchen cabinetry is set to be a new, key style,’ says Hayley Simmons, head of merchandising at Magnet. ‘Green can be equally dramatic and luxurious when used in the kitchen. As a thoroughly modern look, deep forest greens can be balanced out with latte shades, smoky glass and soft metallics.’
A combination of white marble and brass through lighting, worktops and accessories, will help to bounce light around the space and offset heavier hues.
Sophisticated In Black
‘2019 interior colour trends will embrace the darker colour palette, showing fewer primary colours and a greater emphasis on black which is contrasted by rich coffee browns, shades of grey, taupe and biscuit beige,’ Matt explains.
But don’t underestimate the versatility of navy. ‘We have noticed an increase in darker and more vibrant colours in the kitchen, but it’s navy that continues to remain popular,’ say The Shaker Kitchen Company. ‘Its versatility means it’s a colour that can adapt to both modern and traditional surroundings.’
Ceiling height cupboards and tall units with overhead cabinets offering reams of additional storage will be a big trend, says Andy Briggs, interior designer at Optiplan Kitchens.
‘Multifunctional and hidden storage will be an essential feature for both compact and large kitchens in the coming year and the demand for bespoke storage is expected to rise,’ says Joanne Emery, marketing manager at Burbidge.
Splashbacks are no longer resigned to just being practical elements – now, designers are using them to create real focal points in the kitchen.
Similar to how you would paint or wallpaper a section to create a feature wall in your living room, Cosentino predicts a growing demand for single slab splashbacks as opposed to standard tiling in the kitchen. Elegant and simple, a single slab is not only stunning but ‘offers practical cleaning benefits as grouting between tiles can be difficult to keep clean’.
‘Broken-plan furniture schemes are dictating the kitchen market and these influences are a welcome preference to the outdated uniform kitchen design in terms of construction, material, finish and space planning,’ says Matt at Rotpunkt. He explains that there are trends towards ‘hardworking furniture’ like room dividers, multipurpose workstations and display cabinetry through to asymmetrical layouts and wall-hung solutions.
Matt adds: ‘By playing with different eye-lines, visual weights and modular arrangements, modern kitchen furniture will focus on free-thinking in 2019: creating a feeling of eclectic balance that is dynamically unrestricted.’