New year, new kitchen trends. While minimalism and rose gold appliances were huge for 2018, the new year is bringing in a few different ideas for the heart of the household. If you're planning a kitchen reno—or just want to be inspired—you need to know what designers are doing for 2019. We spoke with a few of our trusted sources to hear what they're seeing—and installing—this year.
"I love the swing toward bold colored cabinetry instead of the expected white," designer Danielle Rollins tells CQ. "It really gives a kitchen a personality and finish." Denise McGaha agrees, saying she's using color on cabinets, walls, and even appliances (like a plum-colored LaCanche range she's currently installing for one lucky client). Need a push? How's this pantry by Jim Dove for inspiration?
Even more specifically, designers say mint green is the color du jour. "Everyone seems to want light green cabinetry," says Jennifer Beek Hunter, proving this kitchen by Young Huh from 2012 is still squarely in style.
To balance out all that color, incorporate natural elements. According to Los Angeles-based , "people are falling in love with the abstract canvases painted by Mother Nature and using natural stone beyond countertops. Designers are continuing the stone material to waterfall edges and tall backsplashes." Sometimes they carry the stone all the way to the ceiling, and you can even fabricate drawer fronts and hood vent covers out of natural stone.
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Meanwhile, as cabinets are getting bolder, some appliances are taking a different type of dramatic turn. "Matte black fixtures and hardware are growing in popularity," Meyers says. "What was once a minimal and stark choice in all white modern kitchens is now a fun way to subtly add contrast to wood cabinets and more traditional, Shaker-style kitchens."
As our devices get smarter, so, too, do our kitchens. One trend designer Niki Papadopoulos doesn't see going anywhere is "tech seamlessly integrated into appliances," she says. The perfect example? Samsung's Family Hub refrigerator, which features a touch screen, interior cameras, and WiFi connectivity, so you can search recipes from the fridge, see what's inside while you're shopping, and leave notes and reminders to family members. Doesn't get much smarter than that.
"No hood is the new hood," proclaims designer Tyler De Bartola. Grant Gibson agrees, saying hidden hoods are the biggest trend of the year. Homeowners going for this cleaner, modern look might use alternative elements like downdraft ventilation.
"Marie Kondo has influenced the kitchen," jokes designer Ariel Okin. She explains, "I've had several requests for appliance cabinets—no one wants anything showing anymore, not even coffee makers on the countertops." Time to tidy up!
One place clients aren't going minimal is on hardware, designers agree. "I'm using tons of chunky hardware," says Natalie Kraiem. "These fixtures are very noticeable and have a vintage feel to them," she explains, citing kitchen designs by Christopher Peacock (like the one shown) as inspiration. Danielle Rollins agrees: "Decorative elements like big chunky hardware bring the colorful finishes full circle," she says.
Mixing two different cabinet colors sounds scary, but it looks seriously gorg. "Seeing wood cabinets paired with painted cabinets—uppers or lowers, you take your pick—is very much a thing," Meyers says.
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