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2019 Kitchen Design Trends that Have Continued to Shine

2019 kitchen design trends are well and truly making their presence known. And what I can assure you of is that these new styles are quite different to the kitchen looks of years gone by.

They’re also a little more international in feel. Which makes sense considering the trends come straight from Milan. The design team at Metricon shared the trends with me at this week’s Style Masterclass, which I hosted, just months after they returned from the Euro Cucina FTK.

While this stunning kitchen and bathroom expo showcased what’s landing in Europe in 2018, us Aussies will likely adopt a lot of these design movements in 2019 and beyond. It’s kinda like fashion, really; we’re always a season behind.

So let me give you the lowdown on the 2019 kitchen design trends you’re going to see more of, and how you can inject some new flavour into your own home. Oh, and if you want to come along to the next trend event at Metricon, or any of their other free seminars, click here.

2019 kitchen design trends all brown timber kitchen cabinets

Get Ready: We’re going Minimal

It looks as though kitchens in 2019 are going to be stripped back a little. The idea is to completely declutter this zone so that the permanent materials in the space are the show-stoppers.

Not only will countertops be clean, but splashbacks will be less impactful too. This is all about an appreciation of base materials, so crazy pendant lights are out, cabinetry handles are gone, and surprisingly – the thick countertops we’ve come to know and love are out as well.

The good news is that there will be more stone in the kitchens of 2019. There will, however, be less reconstructed stone, and more highly compressed laminate – to give people the look for less.

The other surprise here is that 85% of kitchen manufacturers are cladding cabinetry door fronts with porcelain. So expect to see that trend carry through Down Under.

This move toward things being less visually chaotic ties in nicely to one of the overall home design trends I predicted at the start of the year: minimal calm.

tan leather stools with gold legs in brown kitchen

We’re also going to Embrace Nature

So the kitchens are going to be less busy and more subdued. All of the bells and whistles are being removed to make way for darker timbers. That’s probably the biggest trend you’re going to see in kitchens in 2019; the all-white vibes are moving on out.

Along with this adoption of darker timbers that reflect nature are a new set of accent colours. And these reflect the outdoors too. Muddy blue and burnt orange tones are the two you’ll see the most. But chalky white and dusty sky blue will also feature in smaller doses.

To counteract and balance out the darker wood tones, glass will be a prominent feature. Not only will you see it in over-counter shelving and pendant lights, but you’ll see far more cabinet doors with glass fronts too.

Strip windows in kitchens, as seen below, act as a transparent splashback and blur the lines between indoors and out.

cookbook styling by kitchen window

Not into Sleek? Head in a Rustic Direction

One of the other 2019 kitchen design trends to come out of Milan was a move toward rusticity. While a lot of shiny, sleek, stone-clad kitchens dominated the fair, they were balanced out by kitchens with a more earthy vibe.

In this more rustic kitchen, cabinetry featured timber with an exposed wood grain. Not only that, but greenery was prevalent on benchtops as well, giving the zones a more relaxed, garden-inspired look and feel. Think picking herbs from your own mini indoor garden. Again, blurring the lines between indoors and out.

The colours here were still brown, but there was more exploration of the palette. Chocolate browns played alongside beige and grey tones, with the occasional pop of inky blue injected into the scene. These accent colours were brought in through accessories though – never the base pieces like cabinets and benchtops.

feature pendant light in kitchen

Tech Gadgets will Blend in Seamlessly

Tech-heads will be excited to hear that all sorts of futuristic gadgets are going to make their way into kitchen design in 2019.

Appliances will be integrated into work surfaces. So rather than seeing the stovetop, for example, each hotplate will be built directly into the countertop. It makes for a kitchen that feels less clunky. It’s all about creating a zone that feels seamless and streamlined.

LED lighting will become more prevalent as well, while moving benchtops are going to become a thing too.

What 2019 kitchen design trends are you looking forward to? Do you think you’ll embrace brown? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

This post includes images and/or videos of Metricon display homes and events, reproduced with permission.  © Metricon Homes Pty Ltd 2016.

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Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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7 Responses

  1. Hi Chris,

    What about splash backs. In my kitchen area I am going with my stone (cloudburst concrete) but in my butlers pantry I don’t know what to do the stone again will be expensive. My kitchen colours are white, a light timber, slate blue (just a little) and my stone – suggestions?

  2. Hi Chris, doing a white modern shaker kitchen, walk in pantry with an island bench. Going for an engineered stone marble top.. My big dilema is if to have the base of island another colour. I dont want a stark kitchen, but I like to play it safe. Originally thought of grey island base but everyone is doing it & I dont really have grey furnishings. Is white on white a thing of the past ? I love a classic look & dont have millions to spend.
    Would love some help.

    1. Hey Joanne, I would stick with the base of your island being white. You honestly can’t go wrong and it means you won’t regret anything bolder like grey. You can introduce colour and interest in other ways through your decor and lighting etc 🙂

      1. I just came across your reply Chris. Its sooo funny because as I type this reply my kitchen is half in & the island is white & looks great. Reno still not finished started Jan 7 this year. You have made my night. I can go to bed knowing that I have followed your advice. Thankyou.

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