Within the last 5 years, kitchen trends have changed significantly. Surfaces characterised with pattern and texture are very much on the rise, as are kitchens with contrasts of tone and material. Such arrangements make kitchens interesting and diverse, but they also enable you to create a stylized but personal look and feel for your home. So if you are shopping for a new kitchen in 2019 then the plethora of colours, materials and finishes now available means limitless possibilities for a beautiful and unique design. It’s set to be an exciting new year for kitchen design, so here we look at some of the outstanding kitchen trends for 2019…
Dark kitchens were on the rise in 2018 and this trend is still going strong and will continue in 2019. Like an ‘old faithful’ LBD (Little Black Dress), black is classic, elegant and attractive. It will also go with pretty much any other colour and accessory! Depending on the setting it can sometimes be a trickier colour to get right; but with the help of skilled designers, homeowners are embracing black within their kitchens and creating sophisticated and contemporary designs. Black kitchen doors and surfaces are available in a range of luxurious materials including gloss, matt, stone, ceramic, wood and lacquer. And black matt kitchen appliances are also very much on trend for kitchens in 2019. To achieve a warm kitchen look it is easy to combine black with inviting woods, or through mixing it with on-trend metallic fixtures and accessories in brass, gold or copper.
Dark Surfaces & the Urban Industrial Kitchen Theme
Should a black kitchen still seem daunting you can stay within the dark colour palette but opt for a softer grey tone. This includes on trend Charcoal or Graphite Grey. Blend with exposed structural works such as accent brick walls or exposed ceiling beams and these tones are perfect for creating a chic urban industrial kitchen theme. Crittal doors or windows will add to the look as would steel, brass or black accessories and concrete floors. And whilst layering different shades of grey will prevent a kitchen looking one-dimensional, equally you can highlight dark tones with warm autumnal colours such as Dulux’s ‘Colour of the Year’ ‘Spiced Honey.’
Smart Kitchen Appliances
In 2019 we expect homeowners to continue to move towards combination appliances. For example, venting hobs instead of downdraft appliances which eliminate the need for bulky ceiling stud works. Homeowners are also continuing to move towards induction cooking and away from gas. This is especially so with the introduction of intelligent cooking technology which is only available with induction – and becoming increasingly appreciated. For example, Miele and Siemens each have technology which creates a dialogue between the food in the pan and the hob itself. This simplifies cooking, ensuring it has never been easier to achieve perfection. And of course, Smart appliances are becoming the norm, with self-cook ovens, dishwashers and washing machines all easily operable from the touch of a button on your phone or tablet.
‘Alexa’ Voice Control
Amazon’s ‘Alexa’ began 2018 as a novel product, yet has ended the year on an inexorable march towards ubiquity. Already you can turn on your oven and set it to cook a pizza simply by talking to Alexa. Whilst we can’t know all that the coming year will bring, we do know that this trend of voice-control for the domestic kitchen is going to accelerate; Already it is possible, but in future will be the norm!
Kitchen Furniture & Appliance Harmonies
A significant kitchen trend is the increased cooperation between the major furniture manufacture brands and the major appliance manufacture brands. We first saw this when Hacker Kitchens and Miele collaborated on a seamless match of their Brilliant White design glass. Continuing off the back of such successes, many furniture systems are now specifically designed to accommodate appliances; Venting hobs are an example of this with ducting roots designed within the furniture itself. Homeowners benefit significantly from this collaboration because they can buy an integrated system rather than two separately designed parts.
Popular Kitchen Colours
Warm, natural colour tones are expected to make the perfect backdrop for kitchens, and particularly where black surfaces dominate. This includes spicy orange-based tones such as honey, mustard or cumin, which work with both light and dark kitchen furniture. Alternatively many two-toned kitchens will feature either warm woods, or soft pastel colours including pinks, pale green and duck egg blue. Popular from last year we also expect lots of fresh and wholesome shades of green; with greenery proving an instant and easy means for bring a healthy vibrancy to the kitchen setting.
Innovative kitchen Lighting systems
10 years ago, automated and temperature controlled kitchen lighting was the preserve of those prepared to spend thousands on a lighting system. Yet now easy apps will tune the temperature of lighting on your room’s spotlights to match your extractor, or else your extractor to match your room’s lighting. For example, Siemens offer an app for their extractors which tunes the temperature of the lighting whether cool, warm, or warm white. Voice control, temperature and intensity adjustment are all now available but in much more affordable systems than in times gone by. And for many of the lighting systems we offer at LWK London, this is no longer an expensive extra but comes as standard.
2019 Kitchen Worktop Trends
Find Your Perfect Kitchen Trend with LWK London
By definition a trend denotes a popular style or look, yet that’s not to say that what’s currently considered on trend is right for everyone…At LWK London we have 100’s of colours, styles and finishes on display in our London Showrooms. We also have a team of expert designers who know how to achieve both ergonomic and aesthetic excellence within design. So if you wish to find the look that’s right for you and your home then contact us now to visit our showrooms and enjoy our free kitchen design service. Email: [email protected] or call 020 7536 9266.