Before homeowners make decisions to remodel their kitchens, we need to make sure that it will stay current at least for the next decade or two. In this article, designer Benjamin John Ouellette from Toronto, Canada, provides his expertise on all the trends that will rule in 2019! From layouts to hardware, from storage to appliances, the 2019 kitchen looks promising!

Say Goodbye To Shaker Cabinets

In 2019, say goodbye to shaker cabinets and move towards a modern, minimalistic approach! Slab doors with texture is now the primary door style. They will go from floor to ceiling, maximizing storage for today’s smaller spaces and integrating refrigeration to streamline the overall look.

As we redesign our lives to include more efficiency and less clutter, visible storage solutions are the way to go. You will see less upper cabinets and more open shelving and glass cabinetry. Base cabinets will continue to become more functional and intuitive, with ergonomics as the driving force.

Say Goodbye To Shaker Cabinets
You will see less upper cabinets and more open shelving

Blue Is The New Neutral

For too long our kitchens have lacked character and personal style, while we were captive to the ‘resale’ mentality. It’s time we look at a more exciting palate of colour options! Today, blues, greens and even purples are making their debut as cabinet finishes.

Navy and black are the new neutrals. The mixture of these rich dark finishes with a medium or light-stained wood, bring drama and depth back to the most used room in your home.

Meanwhile dark rich greens, a hunter-emerald hybrid, are the biggest colour trend in kitchens today. Green brings a lively and elegant component to any space. Pair it with brass and other coloured metals to pay homage to a traditional look while maintaining modern form.

Blue Is The New Neutral
Rich blue hues? Yes, please!

A Big Swing Back To Wood For Kitchen Materials

Expect to see a big swing back to wood for kitchen materials and décor – this time with light natural stains on rift-cut white oak, bleached walnut, and even maple. The idea of ‘elemental’ design is important as we bring nature into our homes. Think earthy elements like concrete, wood, natural stone, and even greenery. Nothing brings life into a space like real foliage! Planted herbs and hydroponic vertical gardens are becoming more popular in the kitchen as they reduce waste and make meal preps easier.

We will also see the industrial trend thrive with matte and patinated raw materials like iron, copper, and brass. Stainless steel will still be a luxury status symbol but will instead be featured in the interior, e.g. stainless steel drawer boxes or interiors of fridges. Brushed brass and matte black will continue to dominate the metal finish category this year, but we will see more polished and gnarled varieties.

A Big Swing Back To Wood
Think earthy elements like concrete, wood, natural stone, and even greenery

Smaller Hardware, Bigger Glamour

Smaller knobs and minimalist C-channel or subtle-edge hardware are making a comeback in the kitchen, allowing the cabinetry to stand out and shine. Touch operation is also becoming more common, eliminating the handle altogether.

When cabinet hardware is used, brushed nickel is officially dead so don’t do it! Black is the new norm but if you’re looking for the hottest kitchen trends for 2019, look for warm and bold finishes that add an element of glamour to your space. Brushed and polished brass has made their comeback – we will see this shows up in our light fixtures, handles, faucets, cabinet accents, and sinks.

Polished copper on dark painted finishes will also be a trend, giving us all the contrast and glamour we ever needed. Hardware is the easiest thing to change in your kitchen, so take a risk and try something beautiful and different.

smaller hardware, bigger glamour
Smaller hardware is one of the hottest kitchen trends for 2019

Coming Up Next: Counter Tops

In 2019, high contrasting marbles like Nero Marquina are more popular than ever. Or go for Terrazzo to implement copper and gold accents into your counter or flooring.

And as we delve into coloured cabinets, we are embracing concrete as a neutral element for countertops and flooring. Use quartz or stone slabs for your backsplash to minimise grout and maintenance while simplifying the overall look.

Low-maintenance ultra-compact surfaces have also come into play. Free of resins or fillers, they are essentially indestructible, winning over the hearts of busy families. With this revolutionary product we are seeing the characteristics of marble, concrete, and granite, yet it is something we can set-and-forget.

marble counters
High contrasting marbles like Nero Marquina are more popular than ever

The Finishing Touch – Liebherr Appliances

In 2019, we’ve had it with cold impersonal kitchens. It is time to redecorate the concept of a kitchen space with life, colour, pattern, texture, and light!

Stay tune as Liebherr Appliances launches a monumental advance in refrigeration later this year, bringing magnificence and freshness to your kitchen like never before.

stainless steel interior
Next up: A monumental advance in refrigeration. Stay tune.
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