As we enter a new year, and a new decade, we look back on the trends of the 2010’s (including 2019) and say goodbye to granite countertops with 4″ backsplashes, 2-1/4″ red oak wood flooring, all white kitchens, & even icy gray color palettes, and hello to the newest design trends that accommodate the latest modern way of living – a more casual and minimalistic lifestyle. So, what does that mean, exactly? Below is a list of the top 5 trends we expect to see in kitchens this year.
Yes, white is beautiful and timeless, but this year everyone is wanting to see more color! Homeowners are loving rich navy blue or deep green tones, charcoal stains, & even black paint on their kitchen cabinets. Sometimes sparingly, like on the island, and other times throughout the whole space. Not only can it create an eye-catching contrast in the room, these bold colors also allow for a bit of personality to shine throughout the space.
Although we are living in a “less is more” world, many homeowners are drawn to the idea of mixing and matching finishes.
In the last few years we’ve seen plenty of two-toned kitchens. Designers are now pushing the boundaries and adding a third finish to the mix. Perimeter cabinets are staying in a warm neutral color, like white, soft gray or even natural wood, then a pop of color is added, like a navy blue, on an island. Then a stain is may be introduced to pantry cabinets or built-in refrigeration units are designed to look more like custom furniture pieces. Decorative hoods with multiple finishes are also very popular. Consider a white hood with a stained mantle, or perhaps the entire hood is a different finish than the rest of the kitchen, allowing it to be the focal point in the room. While there is a lot going on in the space, as long as the colors and tones complement one another, the end result can be very cohesive.
Mixing metals is a very popular way to add a bit of interest to a space too. Champagne brushed bronze tones and matte blacks’ pair well together. One metal can be used for cabinet hardware and another metal can be selected for lighting, fixtures, and other decorative details in the space. As long as it’s purposefully selected, the outcome is stunning!
If mosaic or subway tile isn’t your cup of tea, or if you simply do not like the look (or upkeep) of grout, maybe a solid surface backsplash is just the ticket for you. Homeowners (and designers) are loving the look of a solid surface, like quartz or granite on the walls of the kitchen. Not only does it simplify the selection process and overall look of the room, it creates a seamless flow between the countertop and backsplash. It can certainly make quite an impact in the space, like this Myddleton Marble countertop and backsplash from Cambria.
Just like many other design trends, thin-profile countertops that have been popular in Europe for years are just now starting to make an appearance here in the states, and they are beautiful! Tailoring to that minimalistic design style, thin profile countertops can add a bit of edge and interest to any kitchen. Quartz and granite are being offered in a 2cm thickness, about 3/8″ thinner than the standard thickness, & porcelain countertops are starting to make a splash on the market as well. Both options pair well with the casual low-maintenance lifestyle homeowners are wanting nowadays and the look can be simply jaw-dropping.
When it comes to islands – the bigger, the better. The kitchen island has evolved over the years. Not only is it an extra spot for storage, it’s also the place where everyone congregates. Many homeowners are now choosing to replace their formal dining tables with large islands with informal seating. Not only is a large island great for entertaining, it can also serve as a second workstation. Sometimes, if space allows, islands can almost be a second kitchen, fully equipped with a sink, dishwasher, and other appliances. With a large island, you won’t have to worry about having too many cooks in the kitchen.
These are just a few design trends we expect to see in new kitchens this year. Stay tuned to see how these design details are implemented into our upcoming projects and if you’re interested in adding any of these ideas to your home, contact us today and one of our talented designers can help bring your kitchen into the new year!