Going green

With an increasing trend for natural accents and interiors that reflect the landscape around us, we are predicting the next big colour to be green – think rich, deep tones like Hunter Green and Night Watch. This year we’ve seen a lot of navy and grey in kitchens, and this shows no sign of waning. But by introducing some green into your kitchen colour scheme you can be one step ahead, whilst also keeping things subtle and stylish. Green is warm and cosy but also has a vintage feel, making it perfect for a contemporary kitchen that also nods to classic design. Whether painted cabinets, walls, tiles or flooring, 2019 will be the year we all go green. Image: Rich luxurious greens are coupled with natural marble and copper in this striking bohemian shaker kitchen.  

Island dining

Who doesn’t love an island? They provide a visual anchor to any kitchen design, as well as increasing the efficiency and functionality of the space. Kitchen designers are forecasting that islands formally incorporating a dining space will be a trend to look out for this year like this stunning built-in curved bench seating area by Humphrey Munson.

Injecting colour

Increasingly, our clients are looking for a change from the whites and pale greys that have dominated interior design for the last few years. Keeping the sense of light and airiness a neutral palette offers, designers are adding pops of bold colour or being more playful with different hues. From pink fridges like this Bosch Variostyle (with interchangeable doors in case you want to switch up the look) to colourful range cookers, you can bring some personality and life to any kitchen backdrop.

Single slab splashbacks

Difficult to say quickly but the single slab splashback looks to be a key trend in kitchen design in 2019. Whether this is a continuation of a work top or a different material providing a contrasting colour or texture, the splashback once relegated to the wall behind the hob now takes centre stage.⠀ Image: Houzz.com

Clever kitchen gadgets

Like all tech, there’s a bewildering array of kitchen gadgetry available. Whilst there’s not space here to list all the latest kitchen wizardry, we can highlight some of the most useful and valuable trends. Hot water taps are increasingly replacing kettles as a much more chic and simple option, while wine fridges will store different wines at optimal temperatures to make sure you’re ready for any dinner party or gathering. Induction countertops are far sleeker than traditional kitchen hobs and we think these will be huge over the coming years. You can even install a wifi-enabled espresso machine which will serve you the perfect shot of coffee in the morning, for the ultimate in kitchen luxury.

Concrete plans

Love the look of concrete, but loathe its cost and coarseness? Rugged Concrete is one of four new shades in Caesarstone’s Supernatural range – it’s a softer, more tactile take made from hard-wearing and scratch-resistant quartz, emulating the textured tones of the real thing. We recently installed it as part of this classic British in-frame kitchen we recently installed in Heaton Moor, Cheshire.

Clean lines

We have noticed a move away from detailing and edging on kitchen cabinetry. Instead, people are looking for clean, clear lines. This coincides with a move towards slimmer worktops, with ultra-compact surfaces as slim as 6mm from the likes of Dekton and Neolith.
 
This is also reflected in ceiling fittings like extractor fans, with a demand for slick subtle pieces like these from Falmec. You can even get extractor fans that communicate with your hob to provide precision performance.

Matte black

We think matte black will be big for doors / cabinets and fittings this year. Black cabinets like these have been creeping back in more progressive designs for a year or two, but we think they’ll really start to get popular this year.  If a black kitchen is too dark for your taste, a cool matte black tap makes a dramatic accent for any kitchen without being oppressive. Image: This Swedish monochrome scheme featuring a Vipp Kitchen contrasts with the natural vista.

Contrasting textures

There will be much more blending and mixing of textures next year, with smooth surfaces contrasting with rougher, more tactile materials. Material technology means an explosion of new textures to combine with the already mind-blowing range of colour possibilities. Don’t worry, a good designer like those in our team will help you make the right choice!
 
Image: Elemental kitchen by Charlie Smallbone & Devol

Organic, natural materials

On a related note, the trend for organic, natural materials in kitchen design has been gathering force for a while and is set to continue to grow next year. From leather cabinet pulls to stone sinks, the latest kitchen designs are going back to nature. Expect to see a lot of jute, wood and plywood in kitchen fittings and fixtures. Leather handles like these from Furnipart provide an interesting visual and tactile experience.

Broken-plan layouts

Continuing the mixing-up theme, broken-plan layouts are on the rise. Whilst many of us still love our open-plan living areas, sometimes we want to make a more defined space, and this trend uses freestanding shelving or bars to create different zones within a larger space. In a similar vein, furniture designs are becoming more fluid, with pieces that would look as at home in a sitting room as in a kitchen. In this scheme by the excellent Jo Cowen architects, the spaces are divided yet remain intrinsically linked by the full-height glass partition.

Reeded Glass

Reeded (sometimes called fluted) glass looks set for a comeback in kitchen design this year. Used in cabinetry it softens kitchen furniture, adding depth and texture without being too decorative. It also distorts the vista so you don’t have to keep your cupboards in military style order. In windows and panels it provides privacy and breaks up spaces as shown in this amazing pink kitchen from our Modern Classics range.

Scandi inspiration

Calm, clutter-free functionality of Scandinavian design has been influential since its inception in the early 20th century, but design ideas are still coming into the mainstream to this day, and the trend towards minimaist lines and natural hues continues in 2019. Here scandi design meets industrial chic in this wonderful kitchen by Blakes London.

Get the look

At Alder + Stone, our ability to create bespoke kitchens, as well as our broad range of ready-made products means we’re able to cater for almost any look you want to create. We work with a wide and growing range of appliance and accessories suppliers too.

To talk through your ideas and inspiration for your new kitchen, get in touch and see how we can help incorporate the trends you like into a kitchen you’ll love.