So you have decided it’s time for a new kitchen or maybe you are building a new home and you’ve just seen how many products are available. You have absolutely no idea where to start.
Your kitchen is the space in your home where you nurture your family, get together with friends and share many a conversation and experience. It should feel warm, inviting and a place where you can relax and feel comfortable.
The first step is to think about what colours and finishes you are drawn to. Look at some images of kitchens. Which ones are you attracted to and why?
We all have different ideas on how we want our kitchen to feel and what we want it to look like. We all have different needs for a kitchen depending on whether you love to cook, what the size of your family is and the size of the space.
To give you a little help in choosing what style could be right for you I have put together some of the current trends in kitchen colour and finishes for 2019. Many of these have timeless appeal and will keep your kitchen looking up to date for many years to come. Well, until the next time you need to redo it anyway.
Some say the minimalist look is out and bolder colour, textures and patterns are the big thing in kitchens. Others say the minimalist look is going strong and that kitchen cupboards are becoming more streamlined and handles are out. It’s up to you how your kitchen should look. There are many beautiful products available today whether you are minimalist, maximalist or somewhere in between.
Kitchen joinery colours like paint colours are getting warmer. The whites are more off-white and creamier, the greys are warmer as is the wood grain.
Greyed-greens are an excellent option for joinery if you want an organic look. The current greens are muted tones of sages to forest green and have a timeless look when mixed with natural materials like timber and stone.
In fact, earthy tones with lots of texture are growing in popularity. Raw materials like wood, brick and stone are creating fantastic colour and texture in kitchens and pastels are a lovely way to bring some subtle colour into kitchens. They add a beautiful softness to a hardworking area and also pair well with metallics and natural stone.
Organic finishes are increasing in popularity as people are becoming more sustainability conscious. Timber, stone and ceramics are all excellent natural options for kitchen finishes, and there are a plethora of colours and finishes available.
Timbers are richer warmer with a red-base which is consistent with the warmer colour trend and with orange being the colour of year everything follows suit. Mixing these textures with metallics and dark tones will create a real tactile look.
Another trend that is sweeping the kitchen world is dark tones. Dark inky blues and blacks, charcoals and ebony woodgrain highlighted with accents brushed metallic finishes are a sophisticated combination and can add a sense of drama.
Terrazzo was popular last year in flooring, and this is still the case in 2019, but you will start to see it more and more in bench tops and splash backs.
It certainly disguises spills and crumbs more-so than the white and light grey bench tops that have been all the go for quite some time.
The great thing about it is it can add subtle texture to a minimalist kitchen. Try a bench top like Caesarstone Nougat in an all-white kitchen or grey and white kitchen can be given a real lift with a terrazzo bench top in the same tones.
You can add some real wow-factor with one of the more statement terrazzos. If you have plain cabinetry and you want to add a show-stopping bench top have a look at some of the more colourful terrazzo options. Just be careful when selecting one of these as the colour will dominate any changes you want to make to your kitchen in the future.
If you’re a fan of the two-toned kitchens, look then you may be pleased to know this look is still strong. Whether you like a lighter look like white, grey and light woodgrain or a dark earthy feel like dark timber and navy, this look allows you to play with colours and textures to create a unique look for your kitchen zone.
If you like to have your kitchenware on display, many kitchen designs have done away with top cupboards and are opting for open shelving. You can add colour and texture with what you display your shelves, and you have easy access to some of your most used items but make sure they are pretty!
As you can see you have plenty of options available to you to create your dream kitchen, perhaps too much choice.
If you are stuck trying to work out the look you want or which colours and finishes to choose a colour consultant can help you make the right choices.
Until next time,
13 March 2019