If your kitchen didn’t survive Christmas, join the thousands of us with a makeover on our minds. Perhaps you’d love an island, or a bigger cooker, or a new colour scheme. Or perhaps you only know what you DON’T want and are after some inspiration? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve asked our friends at leading retailers for their thoughts on the biggest kitchen trends 2019. Plus, we’ve thrown in a few hot trends of our own.
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1. Green cabinetry and accessories
Last year was all about navy, but expect to see more green in kitchens going forward. It could be in the form of accents, like this wallpaper – palm fronds and botanicals are to 2019 what florals were to the mid-Noughties.
However, it’s increasingly likely to take the form of tiles and cabinetry, in tones of emerald and forest green.
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‘The trend for bold dark hues was prominent throughout 2018, and as we move in to 2019, green kitchen cabinetry is set to be a new, key style,’ says Hayley Simmons, Head of Merchandising for Magnet. ‘Green can be equally dramatic and luxurious when used in the kitchen, and new for 2019, Magnet has launched two debut Magnet Create finishes in varying hues of the contemporary colour: Green Olives and Forest Walk.’
‘Deep forest greens can be balanced out with latte shades, smoky glass and soft metallics to bring opulence to the kitchen. The addition of white marble and brass through design aspects like lighting and worktops, or even accessories, help to bounce the light around the space and offset the heavier hues.’
2. Vibrant accents
They may need to be functional by designs, but that doesn’t mean our kitchens can’t be fun. In 2019, some are taking a more lighthearted approach by introducing primary hues and quirky finds. Above, a tiled splashback and mismatched chairs in different colourways add interest, while blue walls anchor the look.
Here, a tangerine fridge is the basis for an orange takeover, pepping up a plain white kitchen.
3. Dining islands
We all know that islands and breakfast bars can provide a spot for casual dining, as well as workspace and storage. However, Paul Jenkinson of LochAnna Kitchens sees this trend reaching a whole new level with dining islands.
‘This is where the kitchen island features an extension island dining area meaning you get the storage benefits of an island but also the addition of integrated dining,’ he explains. ‘When entertaining, we want to be able to integrate both cooking and socialising and what better way to do so than with built-in island seating.’
‘With our new FORM collection we have introduced an industrial breakfast bar leg to help simplify the application, making it even easier to achieve your dream kitchen layout,’ Jenkinson adds.
4. 1970s retro revival
This is a look you’ll see in tiles as much as anything, and reflects a wider return to 70s trends within the home. ‘Colour wise we will see a strong focus on rich, earthy tones,’ says Stacey Sheppard, interiors blogger. ‘We’re talking mustard yellow, ochre, olive green, chocolate and camels such as Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2019; Spiced Honey.’
If this floats your retro boat, a mix of The Winchester Tile Company’s Olive Green, Honey and Amber field tiles could work for you.
Alternatively, try retro-patterned wallpaper and fabrics with bold, oversized prints for a real throwback! Give white cabinets a retro update with dark wood handles. Don’t be afraid to mix units styles, either. Add colour with splashes of mustard yellow and avocado green and choose kitchenalia in classic 1970s shapes.
5. Hide-and-seek storage
With the rise of open-plan living, kitchen companies like Scavolini have witnessed a shift towards hidden storage. ‘The Switchunit is an excellent case in point,’ says Vittorio Naldi, the company’s UK branch manager. ‘It features pocket doors that slide seamlessly out of sight when the kitchen is in use, but cover up its contents when guests come calling.
‘This exible system means the kitchen can be transformed from an efficient work space to a clutter-free living environment in moments.’
6. Statement floors
The trick here is to let the floor do all the talking – and keep everything else relatively minimal. A modern kitchen like this can be styled with handle-free cabinetry in one of the greyscale tones that feature in the tiles. Avoid wall cabinets – use open shelves instead – and top any base units with a sleek white work surface in a hardwearing composite.
Statement tiles can be extremely effective if zoning an open-plan kitchen. Here, they sit beautifully against wooden planks that bring warmth to the bright space.
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7. Broken-plan kitchens
Open-plan kitchens have revolutionised the way we cook and entertain, but they do have their niggles. For a start, where do you hide all the dirty pots and pans from dinner guests? So if you’re after a little more privacy, broken plan might be for you.
The concept is simple – take an open-plan design but add in a freestanding shelf unit or raised breakfast bar to create separation without the need for a full-on wall.
‘This more zoned approach is an evolution of open-planned living and allows for a more sociable experience for everyone,’ says Daniele Brutto, co-founder of Hub Kitchens.
8. Grid tiling
Rectangular ‘metro’ tiles have been the go-to for kitchens in the last few years. But is their reign about to come to an end? Square tiles laid in a grid formation – usually with a much darker grout – look modern and striking, particularly in white. For glamour, you could try edging the tiles in gold, as seen above. Or give things a Scandi feel by echoing the look in kitchenware, below.
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Buy now: Matrix Alaska White tiles, £17.78 per sq m, Topps Tiles
9. Raw versus sleek
Are you a dedicated follower of fashion? How many of these 2018 design trends did you tick off this year?
The raw beauty of flawed finishes and natural materials was one of THE interiors themes of 2018. But for 2019 it’s being smartened up with luxe additions for a more grown-up look. Nail the trend by pairing immaculate matt units with chunky wooden worktops, or by introducing shabby chic accent furniture to a glossy kitchen. If you don’t want to go for a full-on makeover, even artisan pottery or fabrics influenced by nature will do the trick.