Here’s Everything You Need to Know About 2019 Kitchen Trends:
Wondering about the most important kitchen design trends for 2019? We’ve rounded up a bunch of must-know-about kitchen trends to track for 2019 and beyond. This trend forecast includes information about kitchen countertops, cabinetry, backsplashes, hardware, sinks, appliances, flooring, tile, paint colors, lighting, wood and metal surfaces and more. Because lifestyle trends also influence kitchen trends to a significant degree, we’ll also take a look at some of the key lifestyle trends that are shaping what kitchens look like in 2019.
Kitchen design represents a significant overall portion of the spending in the US economy. Early in 2018, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) announced their findings that kitchen and bath products were a $147.3 billion a year industry as of 2016 – and they projected that consumer spending on kitchens and bathrooms would continue to increase through at least 2018. Obviously, we don’t yet have any statistics on total spend in 2018; but even early in the year, experts were expecting to see those numbers increase, based on the work architects, remodeling companies and other contractors have already booked for the future.
And in 2019, we expect to see those numbers increase even more. As homeowners plan their kitchen remodeling projects and industry professionals want to understand what their colleagues are up to, people are taking to the internet in droves to research 2019’s kitchen design trends. We’ve done our research too, and we’ve compiled our findings from dozens of reliable sources into this 2019 kitchen trend forecast. Here are X of the top kitchen design trends we expect to see in 2019:
2019’s Top Kitchen Color Trends
1. White Kitchens?
One question on everyone’s mind right now: Will white kitchens still be stylish in 2019? Are they on their way out? Or are they totally dead?
Bunches of bloggers, designers and media personalities are declaring that white kitchens are totally over and that the au courant kitchen is now either a) colorful or b) black. But if you read the comments section of their blogs, they’re full of dissenters arguing that white kitchens are classic and will never go out of style.
As it turns out, both groups are.
No matter what some “influencers” might say, many homeowners simply are not willing to give up their fresh, clean looking white kitchens. For this group, “more colorful kitchens” might turn out to mean kitchens that are still predominantly white, but that introduce enough colorful accents so as not to look sterile and cold.
Stark, monochromatic white kitchens are giving way to predominantly white kitchens that include more varied color nuances. We predict that white will remain a top kitchen color trend, but we’ll see it being paired with other interesting colors — perhaps black, cobalt blue, warm off-white, frosty pale blue, vibrant red or a fresh shade of aqua. Warm woods like oak and maple or dark woods like walnut are other possibilities for pairing with white; these could make 2019’s kitchens look less clinical and more approachable than some of the coldly white minimalist kitchens we were seeing earlier in this decade.
The main takeaway: White is an enduring classic in the kitchen; and we will also likely be seeing more colorful accents in 2019’s kitchens.
2. Gray Kitchens?
In the last ten years, gray has been the predominant trendy neutral color for use in kitchen decor and throughout the home.
Perhaps you’re wondering at this point: How does gray fit into interior design trends in 2019? Will gray still be in style in 2019? Or will it be totally outdated in 2019? Will it play a part in kitchen design at all?
Expert opinion is divided on this. Here’s how I see it:
We’re now in a phase where gray is giving way to other colors. Many of the early adopters of the gray trend have long since moved on. They have been decorating with color palettes other than gray for a few years now. They’re the ones saying “Gray is over. It’s totally dead. It’s outdated.”
However, the home building and home buying markets as a whole are still embracing gray as of late 2018.
There are some people still installing gray flooring and painting their kitchens gray, but that does not mean you should, too. Trends usually follow a bell curve in the way they’re adopted — a few people get the trend started at the beginning, a great mass of people adopt the trend in the middle, and there’s tapering demand at the end. I estimate that gray is nearing the end of the bell curve, or that it will do so soon; I think we’ve entered the “tapering” phase. That means it’s on its way out.
If you really, truly love and adore gray, and you want it in your kitchen, by all means, install gray. But, DO keep in mind that the most current look is NOT 100% gray everything.
If your heart is set on gray, you have bunches of choices for how to use it in 2019’s kitchens. One excellent option is to incorporate both black and gray into the same kitchen environment. Black is one of the top color trends for 2019, and gray complements it well.
Another option is to choose a more interesting, vibrant color as an accent, and then incorporate a grayed-down version of that color as your main color. Gray can lean towards any color in the rainbow; there are blue-grays, greenish grays, purplish grays, reddish grays and yellow-grays. So, for example, if you want to use navy blue as an accent color in your kitchen, a lighter blue-gray wall color or cabinet color could complement it beautifully.
If your heart is NOT set on having gray in your kitchen, I’d advise you to skip using gray all together and choose another color palette. Soon, I think most people will come around to thinking that gray represents last decade like avocado green represents the 1970s. You don’t want to get stuck with a brand new kitchen that already looks 10 years old.
3. Black and White Kitchens
4. Sophisticated Color Nuances
5. Cobalt Blue Kitchens or Kitchen Accents
It takes a brave soul to install a cobalt blue kitchen, but I’ve seen several of them around lately.
But, keep in mind that you don’t have to use large amounts of cobalt blue to make a big impact in the kitchen. If you love this color, and you don’t want to go all in on it, you could always stick primarily to decorating your kitchen with white or a safer neutral color as your main color. Then choose bunches of lovely cobalt blue accents — like the cobalt blue KitchenAid mixer pictured here. Cobalt blue vases, artwork, dinnerware and kitchen textiles such as placemats, potholders and oven mitts could round out the accents in the cobalt blue kitchen color scheme.
6. Navy Blue Kitchens
Navy and brass combinations are a tried-and-true combination that could work well in new 2019 kitchens.
7. Green Kitchens
8. Gold: Metallic Gold, Brushed Gold, Champagne Gold
Whether you love Donald Trump or hate him, you’d have a hard time denying that he is one of 2019’s top trendsetters — and gold is the color he tends to decorate with. Gold could be suitable for use in any room of the home; but in the kitchen, it’s probably best used as an accent color. Little gold touches in the lighting, fixtures and accessories could go a long way towards making a bland kitchen more enticing.
I’ve included more info on the things you need to know about the gold trend in the section about kitchen hardware below.
9. Clear Glass Kitchen Accents
Clear glass is showing up in interesting places where color used to be. One example: We’ve observed increasing numbers of glass window / door combinations instead of colorful painted walls in the kitchen, the great room or the dining room adjacent the kitchen. We’re also seeing more glass-fronted kitchen cabinets than we used to. Lately there are bunches of refrigerator doors and drawers with glass fronts that have been catching our eye. Read on for more details on these trends, plus more pictures, below.
10. Wallpaper in the Kitchen
Nowadays, paint colors aren’t the only choice you’re faced with when it comes to styling your kitchen walls. Wallpaper has made a comeback.
2019’s Trendiest Kitchen Layouts
11. L-Shaped Kitchens Are the Top Trend for 2019
The latest data we found tracking kitchen layouts comes from a kitchen design survey completed by Houzz. The researchers tell us that L-shaped kitchens have overtaken U-shaped kitchens in popularity, and that the U-shaped kitchen is trending down. However, there’s still plenty of demand for U-shaped kitchens; we don’t think they’ll go away in 2019, considering that they’ve only fallen slightly behind L-shaped kitchens in popularity.
12. U-Shaped Kitchen Layouts
The third most popular kitchen layout is the galley kitchen. The fourth most popular layout is the single-wall kitchen.
2019’s Trendiest Kitchen Countertops
13. Quartz Countertops
Quartz countertops are au courant for 2019.
14. Statement Sinks Will Be Trendy in 2019
In decades past, hardly anybody outside of the kitchen and bath industry gave much thought to a kitchen sink. This was especially true in the past few years, as minimalism reigned and sinks were so well integrated into the landscape of the kitchen as to be practically invisible. We predict that is about to change. In 2019, prepare to be wowed at some of the artistic kitchen sink designs you’ll be seeing around.
15. Will Farmhouse Sinks Remain Trendy in 2019? YES. Yes, they will.
Farmhouse style has been a top trend for the past few years. In April of 2018, Amanda Lauren at Forbes.com reported that farmhouse style designs were dominating the starter home market — and that details like farmhouse sinks were pushing up the average selling prices of homes. In 2018, expansive apron-front farmhouse sinks are the most popular style for high-end home remodeling projects.
The question is, will that trend continue in 2019?
Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of HGTV’s former show called “Fixer Upper”, are the celebrities who were most responsible for revitalizing the popularity of the farmhouse style. When that show went off the air, predictions started flying that the farmhouse style was dead in the water – but that hasn’t happened yet. Part of that might be because a spinoff show, “Fixer Upper: Behind the Design” was announced soon after “Fixer Upper” went off the air.
Rumors also started flying that Chip and Joanna were searching for a better deal.
But then, the real truth emerged: The couple had a new baby on the way. They weren’t kidding when they said they left to spend time with their family; they’re now swept up in the joy of being parents to a sweet newborn.
So, have we seen the last of the Gaines family? I’m guessing we have not. And I’m also guessing that the farmhouse style is far from dead. I see manufacturers making big investments in developing new farmhouse-style sinks. I still see people seeking out kitchen elements that are made in that style.
But what I do think is likely: The farmhouse style will evolve. For example, check out the interesting kitchen pictured below. To my eyes, these kitchen elements all fit in with the farmhouse style aesthetic – but the sink isn’t the typical apron-front sink that has been popular in the recent past. It looks to me like more of an adaptation on the trough-style sink (trough style sinks have also been popular lately, although many of them are incorporated into more industrial-looking kitchen designs).
So my prediction is that farmhouse style will continue to be a thing in 2019.
2019’s Trendiest Kitchen Cabinetry
The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) conducted a recent survey focused exclusively on cabinetry for the kitchen and bathroom. They found that kitchen cabinetry accounted for $19.9 billion in sales, between new home building projects and home remodeling projects. This figure does not include any of the costs associated with designing or installing the cabinets.
16. Framed Cabinetry
So which kitchen cabinets are most popular, according to their findings? They report that framed cabinetry is far more popular than frameless cabinetry in the kitchen.
17. Built-In Cabinetry
The NKBA reports that built-in cabinetry remains a top trend in the kitchen.
2019’s Trendiest Kitchen Faucets, Hardware and Surfaces
Ed Hudson, who is Market Research Director at the Home Innovation website, has shared some helpful insights based on the extensive research he and his organization have conducted regarding the best-selling faucets in America. He estimates that Americans bought upwards of 35 million new faucets in 2017; homeowners bought the vast majority (27 million) of those faucets to replace old faucets — some as part of larger remodeling projects and some just because the faucet needed replacing. Only 8 million of the faucets were destined for installation in brand new homes.
His research indicates that the following surfaces are the best sellers for replacement kitchen faucets in the United States:
18. Chrome Kitchen Faucets
Chrome has been the reigning favorite material for more than a decade now, according to Home Innovation’s research. However, as of 2017, it was trending down, down, down in popularity.
There are 3 things that could happen in 2019: sales of chrome faucets could continue to trend down; they could flatten out and remain stable; or they could rebound and go back up. I think the likeliest scenarios are either a continuing downward trajectory or a flattening; I’d be surprised to see a major rebound in 2019.
Fast forward a few years, into the 2020s: Will sales of chrome fixtures have plummeted so far that the surface starts looking like it was “so last decade”? Probably so. If you’re replacing your kitchen faucets or remodeling your kitchen, I’d say it’s smarter to avoid chrome and pick another surface that complements the kitchen design and other surfaces you have in mind.
19. Stainless Steel Kitchen Faucets
Stainless steel has long been the second most popular finish for kitchen faucets. It saw a big drop in popularity from 2014 – 2015, then rebounded and started trending up again. As of 2017, it was still apparently on an upward trajectory. It could go either way in 2019.
20. Nickel Kitchen Faucets
Over the course of the past decade, sales of nickel kitchen faucets have mostly trended dramatically upward, but there was a slight decline from 2016 – 2017. As of 2017, nickel was the third most popular kitchen faucet finish for replacements and remodeling projects in America.
21. Bronze Kitchen Faucets
Sales of bronze kitchen faucets increased from 2016-2017, and bronze was the fourth most popular replacement kitchen faucet finish as of 2017.
What Will Be the Next Big Thing in Kitchen Faucets, Hardware and Surfaces?
Trends are multi-faceted. Something that is truly trendy will be reflected in sales — and a high volume of them. However, there’s a bell curve to trends. An item that has already seen massive volumes of sales is likely to run its course soon and be on its way out of fashion by the time those high sales volumes are realized.
The thing that is going to be trendy next is harder to spot; you can’t necessarily identify it by sales volume, because it typically starts as something new that only one or several influencers have (and flaunt). Then people start to copy them. It may take awhile for the trend to trickle down to the masses and reach a sizable sales volume.
That’s the situation with the next couple of kitchen faucet surfaces I’ll be mentioning on this list. They’re the surfaces I see as being the possible up-and-comers. We probably won’t see these items reach their peak sales volume in 2019. Because these items appear to be at the beginning of the trend cycle’s bell curve as of late 2018, you won’t be likely to see massive sales until around the middle of next decade.
There’s always a risk in being an early adopter. The thing that everyone thinks is going to be HOT can always turn out to fizzle and die instead of becoming popular.
I don’t have a crystal ball to know with certainty what will be popular in the future. But I do know this: I see manufacturers investing substantial sums of money in developing new product offerings using these surfaces, which they wouldn’t do unless they have confidence they can sell them. And I also see some prominent influencers flaunting them. That makes me think that these surfaces could be “the next big thing” in a few years’ time.
22. Solid Color Kitchen Faucets
Apparently, sales of solid-colored faucets have remained relatively flat over the last few years. As of 2017, this was the fifth most popular category of finishes for replacement kitchen faucets. In this category, there’s only one color that I realistically think is likely to “go big” in the near future: matte black.
A matte black faucet is right on trend for those who are embracing black in their kitchens. If you already have a mostly white kitchen, or a kitchen that features a lot of wood or stainless steel surfaces, installing a matte black faucet could be one easy approach to transitioning your kitchen into one of the latest color trends. if you want to update your kitchen without spending a lot on major renovations, you could replace your old kitchen faucet with a new matte black model. Also incorporate a few other black details. Perhaps paint the cabinetry or your kitchen island black so there is something else in the room that relates to the black faucet. Art framed in plain black frames could be another interesting possibility.
I’ve seen interior designers pull off some environments that are really heavy on black — but, personally, I think the key to success with a black palette is to keep things on the light side. Small touches, exactly like a matter black faucet, can convey the look without making your kitchen look like the darkest of dungeons.
23. Polished Brass
While many interior designers and media personalities have proclaimed brass surfaces as an up-an-coming home décor trend, so far sales data has failed to confirm this, at least as a trendy surface for kitchen faucets in the replacements and remodeling sector. However, the latest data we have available doesn’t give us any insights beyond the year 2017. So it remains to be seen how brass kitchen faucets have sold in 2018 and how they will sell in 2019. I’d bet on them trending up, but it could go either way.
24. Brushed Gold
It’s a similar situation with brushed gold, goldtone and other kitchen faucet finishes that Home Innovation’s data lumps into the “other” category – copper, rose gold, etc. Sales of these finishes have not been substantial, amounting to only a few percentage points in the replacement and remodeling market in 2017 and the preceding years. However, this may change soon. There have been numerous examples of people declaring that these are the latest up-and-coming trendy finishes.
I think it’s possible that brushed gold could be a biggie for the 2020s and beyond. Steven Ward, who is director of global design for Moen, stated the following in a recent press release:
“Through our research, we found designers and architects are looking for a Brushed Gold finish that evokes the feeling of life and warmth but also mixes well with other gold accents they may have throughout their space. They’re also looking for a finish that will stand the test of time, and blend seamlessly with a variety of décor styles…This Brushed Gold does just that, allowing homeowners to add elegance into the space while still coordinating with existing home designs, whether their look is traditional or more contemporary.”
This is definitely one to watch for 2019 and the future beyond. I’m totally onboard, but there’s always the possibility that it might not actually catch on and become popular with the buying public.
Chrome has been the reigning favorite for more than a decade now. That’s longer than is typical for an interior design trend. There will inevitably come a time when nobody wants chrome faucets and fixtures any more – and at that point, your brand new chrome faucets will look dated. So if you’re installing one or more new faucets in your kitchen in 2019, you have to make a decision: Will I take a risk on looking backwards, to choose what has been popular but probably will not remain so; or will I take a risk on looking forward and choosing a surface that may not ever become popular?
Either way, there is a risk that you’ll choose wrong. So here’s the logical conclusion: Unless you’re renovating a home because you want to flip it, the smart move is really to stop worrying about the trends. Instead, choose the surface you like most and would be happiest living with every day.
And if you’re renovating a home because you want to sell it within the next few months, the best thing may be to look back – because most people are not capable of looking forward to anticipate what will be trendy next. They’re only capable of seeing what has been trendy in the recent past. You’re probably one of the rare forward thinkers – and if you are, you must be aware that you’re in the minority. Most potential home buyers aren’t likely to understand or appreciate any forward-thinking choices you might make for the home until far into the future – and you probably won’t want to wait that long to sell it.
25. Single Lever Kitchen Faucets:
Single-lever kitchen faucets are clearly the trendiest style right now. Home Innovation’s September, 2018 report noted that they commanded 75 percent market share at that time.
2019’s Trendiest Kitchen Flooring
26. Hardwood is Likely to Remain the Trendiest Kitchen Flooring Material in 2019
As of October 2017, experts at Home Innovation were reporting that hardwood finish flooring accounted for about 45 percent of all flooring installed in the kitchens of newly-built, detached single-family homes – which makes it the most popular flooring material in the market for new homes.
This percentage represents a combined total of both solid and engineered hardwood flooring. Of the two types, solid hardwood is currently being installed more frequently in new home building projects.
Houzz’s findings in their 2018 US kitchen trends study corroborate these findings. 52 percent of the 1,700+ homeowners they polled were installing wood floors as part of their recent past, current or planned kitchen remodeling projects.
Of course, tile is also popular for kitchen flooring right now.
27. Huber Advantech® Subflooring
Home Innovation recently reported details about the most frequently installed subflooring in new home building projects. They tell us that Huber Advantech® is a premium subflooring currently commanding 34 percent of the OSB subflooring market. Commodity subflooring follows that at 28 percent of the market share. Weyerhaeuser’s premium EdgeGold brand of subflooring commands about 18 percent of the total market share.
28. Parquet Flooring
Parquet flooring was a thing in the 1970s, and now it’s back. The popular styles right now are a little different; they’re chevrons, herringbones and zigzag designs constructed out of beautiful woods like walnut or maple.
Of course, parquet flooring commands a teeny, tiny portion of the flooring market overall, but by all appearances this is a trend that’s at the beginning of its bell curve and trending up.
2019’s Trendiest Kitchen Backsplashes
29. Subway Tile Backsplashes
Yes, subway tile is still a thing. No, it probably isn’t going to go out of style anytime soon – probably not in 2019, and probably not in 2020, either.
30. Unique Patterned Tile Backsplashes
But, some of the top trendsetters have become bored with it, and have moved on to interesting patterned tile backsplashes – hexagon patterns, ogee patterns, diamond patterns, and other intriguing patterns like the modified tumbling-blocks pattern you see pictured here.
2019’s Trendiest Kitchen Appliances, Gadgets and Accessories
31. Air Fryers
In olden times, people used to fry foods in oil. In the recent past, this became a highly frowned-upon behavior — although the truth is, fats and oils unfairly got a bad rap, as many of the today’s top health gurus will tell you. But since there are numerous people trying to safeguard the circumference measurements of their waistlines, the air fryer is a hot new thing. Enthusiasts say that this device allows you to fry food to crispy perfection without using any oil.
32. Beverage Centers
There are lots of different ways to implement a beverage center in your kitchen, depending on the beverages of choice at your place. Coffee stations are going strong in 2018, and it’s a good bet they will be in 2019, too. For those who don’t have separate wine cellars (and even for those who do), wine storage is a big thing in the kitchen right now. Under-counter beer or wine refrigerators are popular right now.
33. Popcorn Poppers
In today’s healthy home (the trend you’ll read about next), microwave popcorn is out. Buying processed food is also out — and that includes bags of popcorn. If you want delicious, fresh-tasting popcorn, get yourself a popcorn popper, some Himalayan pink salt and a block of grassfed, organic butter and pop your own.
34. Natural, Chemical Free, Organic and Healthy Kitchens
The “Healthy Home” is becoming one of the most influential global lifestyle trends — and the kitchen is one of the first rooms consumers are looking at when it comes to health-enhancing features. Water filtration is a top item of interest for kitchens and homes in 2019. Consumers are also interested in using natural, non-toxic and chemical-free materials in the kitchen. This includes elements in the kitchen beyond just organic foods, chemical-free soaps and all-natural cleaning products. Homeowners are seeking out everything from low-VOC paints to formaldehyde-free cabinets to nontoxic waxes for finishing their hardwood kitchen flooring.
35. Downsizing and Decluttering in the Kitchen
A few years back, it was popular to install dual ovens and two dishwashers in the same kitchen. That trend seems to be changing. Jill Krasny, writing on behalf of Zillow, points out that New Yorkers are now downsizing; they don’t feel the same need for owning two ovens and having sizable prep spaces that they did in years past.
So there you have it: The major kitchen trends we anticipate seeing in 2019. We’ll be updating this report as we discover more information.
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This page was last updated on 9/30/2018.
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