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.
‘The kitchen is the heart of the home for millions so it makes sense that there is a strong desire to make it the dream space, whether that’s with an ultra-modern look, traditional country style or handcrafted wood effect,’ says Mike Lavers, category manager for kitchens at B&Q.
As the hub of all activity, the kitchen is evolving to make living and cooking as efficient as possible while looking aesthetically impressive. Matt Phillips, head of UK operations at Rotpunkt, believes furniture will be ‘defined by difference’ with a mix of standout finishes and materials to identify different pieces of furniture and to create zonal kitchen schemes that are not restricted by four walls or customary layouts.
Meanwhile, the experts at Cosentino talk about the idea of the ‘anti-kitchen’. The kitchen is still a space to love and cherish, but one that can be easily hidden away so as not to impose on a luxurious living area.
So with this in mind, we’ve delved deep to uncover some of the biggest and emerging trends for the year that will help you plan your dream kitchen. From open shelving and glass fronted cabinets, to banquette style seating and dark colour palettes, get all the kitchen inspiration you need right here with the best kitchen trends for 2019.
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.
Looking for an alternative to an island? A peninsula is attached to a wall so you only sacrifice access to one side but it provides many of the same advantages. ‘Peninsula models work especially well in single wall or L-shaped layouts,’ adds Mike.
Speaking of islands and peninsulas, Cosentino predicts that waterfall worktops – a surface that appears to flow over the edge of a worktop, covering the side and reaching the floor – will continue to grow in popularity.
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
Tom Howley has reported a sharp increase in orders of black kitchens, reflecting the trend for using darker colours in the home, and Matt at Rotpunkt also notes that searches for black and dark colours are up 93 per cent in the last six months.
‘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.
Reeded Glass Cabinets
Open shelving and glass fronted cabinets allow homeowners to showcase their personalities with displays of quirky objet d’art.
‘Reeded glass will be everywhere this year,’ reveal Papilio. ‘This finish adds a wonderful layer of texture to a space, a great tool for the kitchen to mix up all those straight lines and smooth surfaces. The reeded effect works well with natural materials. Plus the glass is semi opaque so you reveal a glimpse, not the entire contents beyond.’
Joanne at Burbidge also speaks of ‘pretty and practical glass fronted dressers and cabinets’ making headway in kitchen design. ‘These stylish solutions allow decorative items and crockery to be beautifully displayed behind glass; adding a visual and personal touch to a contemporary kitchen,’ she adds.
Multifunctional Trough Sink
‘Why have one use for a sink when you can have a multifunctional trough?’ is what the team at Papilio asked last year. Well the multi-purpose integrated trough sink hasn’t lost popularity.
With entertaining in the kitchen being a key function, wine racks and wine coolers are now seen as kitchen must-haves.
But you can go one step further. ‘A relaxed, modern country kitchen is a true marker of luxury, and this sunken champagne bath only goes to highlight that,’ says Tom Howley, creative design director of Tom Howley.
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’.